Discover the amazing wildlife, history and natural beauty of French Island. A hidden, undiscovered wilderness only 1 hour from Melbourne and 15 minutes by ferry from Phillip Island or the Mornington Peninsula. Perfect for nature lovers and those looking for a unique destination.
Naturaliste Tours offer a glimpse of this large, diverse island of some 17,000 hectares, two thirds of which is National Park. Pass by a vast array of plants providing habitat for over 230 bird species and mammals, such as the iconic koala and echidna. Plenty of time for photo stops, wildlife encounters and scenic outlooks.
Naturaliste’s experienced and qualified tour guides share their knowledge of French Island’s natural environment, wildlife and history on small, intimate tours. Friendly and easy going, they impart a sense of fun and adventure!
Sites visited include:
- The Pinnacles Lookout
- Early settlers’ historic farm site – Blue Gums Homestead
- Chicory Kilns
- Salt marshes, beaches
- Koala and wildlife spots; and,
- The General Store.
Tour the island in an 11-seater, air-conditioned, purpose-built, off-road tour vehicle (the guides call him Bruce!) Perfect for accessing hidden spots.
The French Island History and Wildlife tour takes 4 hours – including fast catamaran ferry travel from either Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula or, Cowes on Phillip Island. Stony Point is one hour from Melbourne by car or train. Private tours for special interest groups can be tailor made.
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