French Island National Park is a true paradise. Accessible only by 30 minute passenger ferry ride, French Island is a haven of peace and serenity. The 11,100ha park contains environments ranging from mangrove saltmarsh areas to open woodlands and plays home to a diverse range of wildlife.
Things to Do
- Explore the park at leisure by bus or bike or on foot, using the network of public roads and management tracks. There are whole day, half day and shorter walks and rides starting at Tankerton Foreshore Reserve (see the information display at the Ranger Station for guides to routes and more information).
- See a chicory kiln, such as the one at Bayview Chicory Kiln.
- Spot some of the large population of koalas or long-nosed potoroos.
- Enjoy the peace and quiet of an isolated island.
- Picnic tables
Presently camping within the National Park is only available at the Fairhaven campsite. Located on the west coast foreshore, the campsite offers campers the opportunity to stay overnight in an idyllic natural setting.
Only basic toilet facilities and water supplies (purify or boil first) are provided and due to highly combustible vegetation on the island, no open fires are permitted at any time. A portable gas stove or similar, is essential.
For bookings and up to date information regarding the campsite, contact the Parks Victoria on 03 5986 9100 .