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French Island Overnight

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Days

2

Grade

2

Distance

21km

TOUR OVERVIEW

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! The French Island hike is also a bit of a bonus because you can get right to the start on the train!

If you have never done an overnight hike or you’re unsure about carrying a pack, then this is an opportunity to make the most of it! 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. The short distance we carry our backpacks also means we can afford to take a few more of life’s luxuries or to test gear that you are unfamiliar with. You might even get a bench to sit on at the new visitor infrastructure that was established at the campground in 2020.

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Overnight hiking gear if you require it. (Tent, Sleeping Mat, Rucksack)
  • Full catering, lunch and snacks including all dietary needs
  • Experienced & qualified guides who know where to go and how to get you there.
  • Scenery (guaranteed) & wildlife (if you are lucky and nice and quiet)
  • Qualified Wilderness First Aid Support
  • Our wonderful TSA enthusiasm!

FOOD

We provide nutritious dinners, lunches, all snacks and breakfasts. We are big food enthusiasts so be prepared to have freshly ground coffee, yummy snacks and fresh fruit, beautiful vegetable based salads, wraps and cheeses. All this food is energy filled to sustain you on the track – oh! and lets not forget a sneaky desert to give you energy for day two. Our guides prepare all your food and our qualified chef/nutritionist will ensure that your dietary requirements are met. Please ensure you have advised us of any allergies when booking your ticket.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Please do not go and buy new equipment for your walk. We can lend you a Tent, Sleeping Mat and Rucksack if required. If you need any of these items or are unsure of your own gear and it’s suitability, please contact us well before the trip.
  • Some mandatory things you’ll need:
  • Rucksack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat.
  • Medication, camera, etc…
  • Hike clothes and camp clothes – weather suitable.
  • Trail shoes or runners or hike boots.
  • Your personal items
  • Utensils incl plate, bowl fork, cup.
  • A full pack list can be viewed here

WHAT OUR ADVENTURERS HAVE SAID

"I love hiking and getting out in nature but having never camped before (I like my comfort!) the thought of an overnight hike was rather daunting and an impossible feat for a while. Having watched the TSA trips for a while I decided to try out the beginner’s overnighter. If I hated it, it would be over soon enough! Being able to borrow all the gear from TSA was a major plus. The guides - Nina and Liam were real gems and just delightful. They took extra good care of the group and made sure we were as comfortable as possible. I loved my overnight intro - sure I was a bit stiff and sore but loved the hiking experience and the total immersion in nature that only a multi day provides. Highly recommend." - Catherine

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 campsite. We will set up our tents, grab some lunch before heading off again with only our day packs for an 11km circuit walk to the Pinnacle Lookout at the height of 66m which is well below the highest peak of Mt Wellington at 96m. When we return we will have time for a wander along the beach, maybe dip your toes before enjoying a yummy healthy cooked dinner and evening drink.

Day 2

Up for a yoga stretch session on the beach, or just sit and relax before we wander along the beach for as far as we like. This morning is about relaxing and exploring a unique coastal environment knowing you are only a hop, skip and jump from the mainland. After heading north along the beach we’ll return to the campsite for a morning snack and then load the full rucksacks for the 5km back along the coast track to the ferry. We’ll grab some lunch and then jump on the early afternoon ferry back across to the mainland.

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FAQS

This is one of our most common questions, and our recommendation is that for most of our day walks you should wear your most comfortable footwear. Don’t wear your old hiking boots from 20 years ago, and don’t wear thongs or sandals. Bottom line is your runners are probably the best choice unless you have some comfortable hiking shoes or trail runners. In some circumstances you may want footwear with better grip than runners, particularly for muddy winter walks. If you are still in doubt, bring along both pairs and get our guides recommendation on the day.

Transport to and from location is not included but ride-sharing may be able to be arranged. Please contact us if you require some assistance.

All our trips include our awesome TSA guides, accommodation, all your meals, beverages, access, permits, and all extras such as gear, activites, climbs, rafting, caving or any of the other exciting activities that appears on our tours. There is never any more to pay, unless you want to buy your own things like a coffee, souvenirs etc.

As with all of our events, our trips vary in length and difficulty. We suggest you look at the grading provided and have a browse through the itinerary distances. If you can walk 20km day after day then you’ll be fine for the Larapinta Trek, or you may be more suited to wandering around the Bay of Fires and more leisurely beach walking. Remember that you will have weeks to months to build up your fitness before the trip – which we can help with! If still in doubt, give us a call

We always want to keep you safe and have developed a Covid safety plan for the trail. Check it out HERE

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FRIENDSHIP

Most of the people that come on our tours come by themselves. Our community is built on friendships that have been made on our trips, experiencing something life changing together, the shared memories and also goals to do more in the future! We encourage people not to be anxious about coming on these trips by yourself as we promise you will leave with some like minded friends and be really glad you made the decision to get out of your comfort zone and join in.

BELONG

Our community is our backbone. We have had so many people start with no hiking experience, basic fitness and not knowing anyone on our trips. These same people have gone on to do some incredible multi day hiking trips with us and their friends they have met in our community. Witnessing the development of their fitness, confidence, experience, friendships and happiness is why we do what we do. Come join us and let us help you get from the couch to the top of the mountain!

ADVENTURE

Experiences, not things. The moments that take your breath away. The feeling of accomplishment and the realisation that you are capable of so much more than what you thought. The views that blow your mind and the ticking off of bucket list items. We take all the hard work out of it for you. We organise the lot so you can just turn up and get the best of your experience without all the headaches of organising/logistics. We make it easy for you to do all the thing you want to do –  you just need to turn up and be ready to jump into life!

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