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Published August 26th 2013
For a seaside city escape
Flinders, the seaside town with rolling green hills dotted with Angus cattle, horses and the odd kangaroo, has magnificent sea views, boutique shops, local surfers and scuba divers, cute holiday cottages and home to some very wealthy and notable people.
First stop in town would have to be the Flinders Bakery, meals are simple and tasty, prices are reasonable, it's always busy but there always seems to be one more table available in the garden, out the front or in the bakery. I haven't had a bad meal in the years I've been here, though service isn't always great. I recommend the seafood linguine or the simple toasted sandwiches with rare beef, sun-dried tomato, swiss cheese and rocket. Yum!
If you're after something different, the pizza at Get Down Dog are the best I've eaten apart from a little old Italian lady who was our neighbour, her pizzas are never likely to be beaten by anyone. They they do a great wood fired pizza and value for money is pretty good.
The Flinders chocolate shop comes highly recommended for some window shopping. The chocolates look amazing, the detail of the bigger chocolates is impressive but the down side is they are expensive, at $22.50 for a box of 10 (120 grams). My favourite chocolate is the orange flavoured chips that are bagged up in children's sizes and are only $2.
Flinders hotel has been fully renovated and looks fantastic. On the weekends it's packed. The hotel has had many favourable reviews but I haven't actually visited yet, maybe some readers could share their experiences.
The fish and chip shop is where you will find all the surfer types and young families, it's extremely popular and they even have the Guinness World Record for the biggest vanilla slice ever made. You can get your slice from here too but make sure you have a good appetite !
Okay, so there is more to Flinders than just food. There is a great playground in the middle of town that has slides, swings, climbing frames and wooden bridges. The playground is surrounded by flat lush grass, perfect for picnics and ball sports.
A golf course that possibly has the best views of any golf course in Australia.
The Flinders pier is popular for wedding photography, scuba diving, fishing, snorkelling, strolling and swimming under. Sailing is another popular activity, with a small yacht club just to the right of the pier.
At certain times of the year you can buy fresh mussels straight off the boat.
Flinders Ocean beach is accessed from driving around the golf course on Golf Links Rd, follow the signs into the parking area. This is a popular spot for rock pool rambling on low tide. Its official name is the Mushroom Marine Sanctuary and provides divers and snorkelers with a wonderful opportunity to discover marine life.
Some great walks can be found just outside of Flinders, my favourite being Bushrangers Bay, a scenic coastal walk that takes you to a secluded bay. If you go during the week it's likely you wont see anyone else, however on the weekends it's a different story.
Surfing is an activity that gets the crowds to Flinders. I'm not a surfer so I can't tell you the best spot but it doesn't usually take too long to work it out, you will know when you see lots of cars by the side of the road for no apparent reason. They are there to surf.
Flinders also hosts many events during the year such as the annual art show on Queen's Birthday weekend, a market which is held a few times a year, open gardens that are a part of the Australian Open Garden scheme.