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Lunch on the beach
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Healing Dreams

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Flinders Island is the main island of the Furneaux islands, a group of 52 which lie at the north eastern end of Tasmania in Bass Strait. Measuring around 29km by 64km, it rises from the ocean like a giant sea creature. It is an island of dramatic and varied landscapes — pink and grey granite cliffs of Strzelecki Killiecrankie give way to the gentle green and rolling farmland to the island's north. Whitemark is the major town. Lady Baron and Emita are smaller communities.

There are excellent fishing and diving areas — the sea provides a good part of the island's income, along with grazing and tourism. Divers get close to old shipwrecks that foundered on the rocks and rock climbers face the challenge of the 760-metre Mt Strzelecki.

Around 900 people live on the island, but you can visit one of the hundred or so beaches and not see another soul.

Where the mountains meet the sea is the wonderful Healing Dreams Retreat, all 105 hectares of it. Not boot-camp style or like a fancy Hollywood spa, it is a down-to-earth place, there to make people feel good. They cater for groups or individuals, with a wide variety of therapies and programs for up to 14 people, with the motto 'everything in moderation'.

There's something for everyone. Walk or cycle along one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Take up painting. Relax with yoga. Soak in a hot tub. Work out in the gym. Climb a mountain in the backyard. Take time out for a soothing massage and tuck into organically grown food — vegetarian meals and local fish are available — accompanied by organic wine. Snacks are available throughout the day.

Rooms have ensuite facilities and views of the ocean — the sun setting into Mt Chappell Island is beautiful. Living rooms have comfortable couches and log fires.


Flinders Island, a one hour flight from Hobart.


Healing Dreams Health Retreat bed and breakfast packages start at $260 a couple a night. Airport transfers on the island are included.

Airlines of Tasmania has flights from Launceston to Flinders Island starting at $280 per person return.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Healing Dreams
855 Trousers Point Road
Flinders Island 7255
Ph: 1800 994 477

Airlines of Tasmania
Ph: 1800 144 460
Ph: (03) 6248 5490

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