island of Victoria, Australia

French Island is in Western Port Bay, Victoria, Australia.

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


French Island is the largest coastal island of Victoria, Australia, 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 inEdit

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 the train to Stony Point. It is also possible to take the ferry from Phillip Island. [1]

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

Get aroundEdit

Walk or ride a bike.


Water birds, Koalas.





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.


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.

Stay safeEdit

Go nextEdit

  • Corinella - Take the barge to Corinella. For info call +61 428 880 729.
  • Stony Point - Take the ferry to Stony Point. [2]
  • Phillip Island - Take the ferry to Phillip Island. [3]

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