Wednesday – Living On An Island


John McTear is the fittest sixtysomething I know. Apart from running a remote beef farm on Flinders Island, he works as a tour and walking guide .

Flinders Island is in the Bass Strait, between mainland Australia and Tasmania. It’s a wild, rugged place with an eastern wind that blows corrosive salt right through cars. It’s nothing to see a field of grass burn by the effects of salt in the air.

His set of wheel is, yes, another Toyota Land Cruiser, although he does operate a Subaru around Durris Farm. This one’s a more modern model compared to the average Australian runabout.

Flinders Island is mostly dirt tracks and Toyota rules. McTear wouldn’t drive anything else.

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