Accommodation Flinders Island

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Flinders Island Gourmet Retreat - light court library

1. The Parkavee Room

Parkavee was the name of my parent’s farm at Memana. Dad was a Korean War Military Medal recipient and was a pioneer during the Tasmanian Agricultural Bank’s Soldier Settlement Scheme of the 1950’s.

This room and bathroom is built for all access as per the Australian Standards. There are non slip mats on the floor to stand on after showering.


2. The Emily Room

The Emily was a graceful little wooden boat, built by the Robinson’s of Badger Corner and bought by my Dad Tom to go to Long Island and fulfil the weekly mail contract to Cape Barren Island.

It was mostly moored at Badger Corner, but is pictured here at the mouth of the Samphire River. When Tom gave up the mail contract, it was taken on by plane.


3. The Wombat Badger Bunk Room

Badger Corner is so named because the settlers after 1788 thought wombats looked a bit like the badgers of England. Wombats are not at all like badgers but they are social - and the bunk room is the same sort of shared space.

Wombat room people use the bathroom off the light court library. The old school room map hangs there. showing us how things have changed.


4. The Topaz Room

The eastern sky with glimpses of the islands in the bays of Franklin Sound is something to look forward to each morning. Topaz, the third hardest stone on the Moes scale of hardness, can be found on many beaches and creeks. It was mined around Killikrankie and is commonly called the Killiekrankie Diamond as a result. The bed heads are made from a blackwood tree Wendy had milled from the property. She designed them to face the wonder of the dawn.


5. The Moonbird Room

Short Tailed Shearwater, Petrel, Muttonbird and Yolla or Moonbird - all are names for one sea bird that flies down from the Northern hemisphere each year in numbers too great to count, to breed on the islands in the Franklin Sound, returning to the same burrow each year where they’re snug and protected in the tussocks. The Moonbird Room is a place to feel safe and snug in.


6. The Smokey Quartz Room

As a child growing up on Flinders Island, I would find pieces of smokey quartz on the gravel roads, along creek banks or on the beaches. This room is named for the drama of the western sky. If it’s not a spectacularly coloured sunset with orange silhouetting the trees, or washed out in pale yellow, then it will be a smokey quartz sunset with whites tinged with browns and blacks and greys, pushing out from Riddles Hill.

The common rooms

The Outside Studio

The pine thrones and six chairs around the pine table in the outside studio were hand crafted by artist John Parish. The bar originated as a 1970‘s school library desk and the dresser and hutch also came from the same place. This space is used for au plein air art and special theatrical dining experiences - or just a cuppa.

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth is a nautilus shape designed along the principles of the golden spiral. It is also designed to enable a connection to our spiritual side. Let the world go by while the walk is experienced and all becomes aligned.

The Pot Boil Courtyard

The north facing Courtyard with fire pit has been a place for many years where Wendy has invited locals to barbecue their food and share a salad and dessert. Named because the pot can boil on the barbecue but also the roaring of the Pot Boil (where the tides meet) can be heard and seen from Cooma House.

The Eastern Veranda

A space for mornings and beginnings - where the early sun teases us whilst we are sitting at the tables, talking, feeling the day and looking out through the sculptured bush and trees to the islands - or straight across to the town of Lady Barron.

The Terrace

This is a newly created space. On most days there is a clear view to the North, up the East Coast where the crags of Babel Island are visible - a rarity on the Island. In September, you’re surrounded by flowering bulbs but for the rest of the year, it is the best place to feel the air move or to see and hear the Pot Boil where the tides meet in the East.

The Parish Sitting Room

This sitting room is overseen with a self portrait by the artist John Parish who made the original house. He also made the furniture from a tree Wendy used to play on at the Riddles of Badger Corner. The stuffing in the cushions are mutton bird feathers. It is a snug meeting place, especially after a meal or a day out or to make a coffee or tea for your room.