The Flinders Wharf, home to several accommodation options as well as cosy dining: credit Ness Vanderburr
Island life hasn’t slowed the Youls’ ambition. The Flinders Wharf in Whitemark opened in April 2019. As the temperature drops outside and an ocean gust picks up, we’re ensconced in this modern hub, fashioned from old wharfside sheds.
Staring out to sea through floor-to-ceiling windows, we draw warmth from the central fireplace and bandwidth from the WiFi. There’s good coffee, booze, and a kitchen and provedore selling the best island produce, including baked goods, condiments and hot sauce from Flinders Island Condimentals, made by Jon and Alison Hizzard, who have a shop up the road.
When I meet Jon, a former professional juggler, he fixes me with a curious look, and in a broad northern English accent, only slightly tainted by two decades in Australia, asks: “Where you from?”
We pinpoint our roots to neighbouring West Yorkshire towns, marvelling that the new Doctor Who is “a lass from Huddersfield”. It’s a small and sometimes strange world.
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