French Island is a large, mostly undeveloped island in Western Port Bay, Victoria, Australia.

West Coast of French Island, looking south
West Coast of French Island, mangroves

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French Island, Victoria's largest coastal island, is located in Western Port, 61 km (38 mi) southeast of Melbourne. In 1997, about 70% of the island was declared the French Island National Park, administered by Parks Victoria.

Get in edit

Passenger ferries leave from Stony Point to Tankerton Jetty. To get to Stony Point from Melbourne take the train to Frankston, then change trains, and take a connecting train to Stony Point. Your Myki is valid for both train journeys. It is also possible to take the ferry from Phillip Island. [1]

The Western Port Ferry costs $29 return for adults, and a little less than half that for children.

The Spirit of French Island operates a vehicular barge from Corinella to Stockyard Point Ferry Terminal.

Get around edit

Walk or ride a bike.

See edit

Water birds, Koalas.

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There aren't any bars or pubs in French Island, and additionally water on the island may need to be boiled or purified. Bring your own bottled water. While there may not be any bars or pubs, there is one vineyard.

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There is one free camping site in the National Park at Fairhaven, 4 km up the coast road from Tankerton Jetty, where the ferry arrives from Stony Point. The camp site is set among trees near the beach, with one public toilet and a water tank. Other camping is available at "private sites" at French Island Eco Inn and through the local French Island tour operator.

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Go next edit

  • Corinella - Take the barge to Corinella. For info call +61 428 880 729.
  • Stony Point - Take the ferry to Stony Point where the suburban rail network can take you straight to Melbourne's CBD. [2]
  • Phillip Island - Take the ferry to Cowes Jetty on Phillip Island. [3]

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