Travel south by road on West Falkland and you will encounter changing landscapes as the route twists and turns through valleys, alongside hills and through the lakelands. Much of the landscape is hilly with lovely cliffs sweeping down to the turquoise-blue seas.
Excellent fishing opportunities are available on the Chartres and Malo Rivers and around smaller creeks and the shores. There are many wildlife watching locations and great hikes.
Settlements in the south with visitor accommodation are Fox Bay West, Port Edgar and Port Stephens. These can be accessed via the road network or a flight with the Falkland Islands Government Air Service.
Intrepid visitors can camp at the Patricia Luxton National Nature Reserve which must be reached by road. This is the perfect spot if you want to truly escape civilisation! Nearby are Hawk’s Nest Ponds, a peaceful area of flat land, ideal for easy walking and birding.
On the east coast, Fox Bay West offers access to fishing on the River Malo, and the beautiful beach and penguin rookery at Fox Bay Mountain. Across the harbour at Fox Bay East is a memorial to the events of the 1982 occupation.
Port Edgar is also located on the east coast in a large, sheltered natural harbour. There are fantastic walking opportunities from short strolls around the settlement to longer hikes for great views, lovely white sand beaches and wildlife.Try your hand at fishing or observe life around the farm, including sheep shearing, if happening.
Port Stephens is situated in the south-west of West Falkland, at the end of the road. The amazing coastline gives stunning views across the ocean; gentoo, Magellanic and rockhopper penguins can all be found here. Discover too, the unusual rock formations known locally as Indian Village.