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Granite and Flinders Island coastline, from Mt Killiecrankie

Mt Killiecrankie walk

The Mt Killiecrankie walk on Flinders Island is a real beauty, with stunning natural rock formations and brilliant views over the coast.

mt killiecrankie walk flinders island

Stunning granite formations await the visitor at the summit of Mt Killiecrankie on Flinders Island

There are a few different ways to tackle this hike, but I started on the road into the Docks. There is a point along the road in where the road deteriorates and there is a sign saying 4WD only. You can park here and walk another km or two down to the coast, and the Mt Killiecrankie walk also starts here and I’d definitely recommend it.

Turn off to the White Eyed Man

Turn off to the White Eyed Man

The walk passes through dry coastal eucalypt forest and your first major landmark is reached after 20-30 minutes. There is a short turn off to view a stunning granite outcrop called the “White Eyed Man”

White Eyed Man on the Mt Killiecrankie walk

White Eyed Man on the Mt Killiecrankie walk

I started the walk around 2:00 which in the winter is fairly late in the day, so the sun was low in the sky but turned out to be quite well positioned in terms of capturing a shot of the white eyed man gazing out to sea!

Wombat Rock Walk Mt Killiecrankie Flinders Island

Wombat Rock Walk Mt Killiecrankie Flinders Island

 

Mt Killiekrankie Walk Flinders Island

Mt Killiekrankie Walk Flinders Island

 

Mt Killiekrankie Walk Flinders Island

Mt Killiekrankie Walk Flinders Island

The track continues upward and onward, passing through more granite boulders called “Wombat Rock” which are really quite stunning. The walk takes you around, between and even under some of the giant boulders!

View south from Mt Killiecrankie

View south from Mt Killiecrankie

 

Granite stone formations on Mt Killiecrankie summit, Flinders Island

The sun was now in quite a tough spot to shoot, so I bracketed to produce some HDR shots when shooting west.

 

Granite and Flinders Island coastline, from Mt Killiecrankie

Granite and Flinders Island coastline, from Mt Killiecrankie

It only took an hour or so to reach the summit but the views were pretty fantastic for a reasonably easy walk. There were great views towards the small town of Killiecrankie to the south and possibly even better views to the north. Stunning granite slabs filled the foreground, leading the eye to the coastline full of islands and rocky headlands. I was keen to shoot sunset down on the coast so after soaking up the views I barrelled on down the mountain – all the way to the coast in around 45 minutes I think it was!

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