Southern Islands Air Tour

Last weekend I accompanied my mother on a three day flying trip to three southern islands – Phillip, King and Flinders. It was a lot of fun and we saw, if only briefly, some very beautiful places.

We flew in a 10 seat plane – the pilot and 9 passengers. I haven’t been in such a small plane for extended periods before, so it was interesting to learn more about the complexities of flying, all the weight/weather/refueling points/safety calculations. Plus we got great views flying low.

I’m not going to do the whole travelogue thing, so very briefly:

King Island is well known for its cheese and dairy products. There are also meat, mining, and kelp industries, some fishing, lots of birds and other wildlife, jagged coastlines, shipwrecks and lighthouses.



Flinders Island is larger in land, smaller in population. They have cattle and sheep, stunningly beautiful coastline. Also there is Wybalenna, a dark place in Australia’s history, part of the 1830’s “solution” to the conflict between Aboriginal people and settlers in Tasmania. Dispossession and death.


Of course a lot of my photos concentrated on texture, colour, stripes… I think I could base my entire weaving project exercises on the texture of one small part of King Island.

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