Things to see and do

on beautiful French Island

The historic Bayview Chicory Kiln in Bayview Road.
You can have afternoon tea, pat farm animals and browse historical displays.


There are many koalas. Plus,  there is also a large population of long-nosed potoroos

National park

The northern two-thirds of the island is the national park. In spring, the national park is a blaze of colour from the hundreds of different indigenous plant species that grow here, including over 100 orchid species.

Activities on French Island

  • Bird watching
  • See koalas and echidnas up close
  • Exploring the historic prison and chicory kilns
  • Bushwalking
  • Nature studies
  • Bicycle riding
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking

Bike Hire

Bikes are available for hire from the office for use around the island. They are a great way to explore and see the sights.


Birds feeding in the mudflats and mangroves of the marine park at low tide. You’ll see them in summer when they migrate from the Northern Hemisphere, some from as far away as Alaska and Siberia.


The natural beauty of this unspoilt environment, French Island is home to 580 indigenous species of plants and is well known for its native orchids of which over 105 species have been found on the island.


French Island is visited by 238 of the 400 bird species observed in Victoria. Significant species on the island include: the majestic white-bellied sea eagle, and one of the rarest, most are endangered wildlife species. The Orange Bellied Parrot, also you will find king quail, pelicans,
cape baron geese, black swans, Ibis, swamp skink, oyster catchers, shearwaters (“mutton birds”). The surrounding waters are a sanctuary for waders such as herons, ibis and egrets, and the migratory eastern curlew can be seen pecking for treasures in the mudflats.