French Island

French Island Overnight Hike.

French Island is in the heart of Westernport Bay and offers tranquil surroundings and pristine flora and fauna. With next to no traffic, thousands of koalas and plenty of history this makes for a perfect overnight hike. This trip includes ferry fees, camping permits, professional guides and yummy home cooked food!

If you have never done an overnight hike or you’re unsure about carrying a pack, then you really should make the most from this opportunity. We only carry our backpacks for the first 5km, then set up camp and continue with day bags to explore the wilderness and easy tracks around the Island. This short rucksacks carry also means we can afford to take a few more of life's luxuries or to test gear that you are unfamiliar with. Maybe even something to sit on!

With great proximity to Melbourne, this is an wonderful opportunity to explore a part of Victoria that is not often visited yet offers some of the best walking right on our doorstep.

We have a handy checklist to give you an idea of what items are needed.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Meet at Stony Point where we will jump aboard the ferry and ride across to French Island. Once there we take the coast track for 5km to our camp site. We will set up our tents, grab a snack and head off again with our day packs for a 11km walk to the Pinnacle Lookout. When we return we will have time for a wander along the beach, maybe dip your toes before enjoying a yummy home cooked dinner and a glass of wine.

Day 2:
Up for a yoga stretch session on the beach before a 8km walk to the northern part of the Island. We will have lunch out on the trail and then return to camp to pack up. Once packed up we then head back along the coast track to the ferry across to the mainland.

See our calendar for the next walk

Includes:

  • 4-5 hrs walk on easy tracks. The highest point is only 96m!
  • 5km each day with full rucksacks, then 11km day one, 8km day two with day bags
  • Amazing coastal bushland in a unique location
  • A lovely protected campsite.
  • Includes a ferry ride from Stony Point to the Island
  • Homemade delicious dinner, lunches and snacks
  • Experienced and qualified guides

Location and Departure Time:

  • French Island
  • Meet at Stony Point.
  • 9am meeting time. Ferry leaves at 10am.
  • Before we start, we'll go over packs and gear etc.
  • Walk Grade 2. See description here
UPDATED INFORMATION:

The back-up ferry to French Island is no longer in operation. This means in the unlikely event that the passenger ferry does not run due to bad weather, we will not be able to get across to the island.

If this occurs, the alternative is a very similar Overnight Hike on the Two Bays Track from Dromana to Cape Schanck. There is a campground not far from Cape Schanck end point, which means we can drop our bags if needed, so still a great overnight hike for our beginners! Be assured that it will still be a fun, social overnight hike with our usual hospitality and yummy food!

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