Naturaliste Tours offer a glimpse of this large, diverse island of some 17,000 hectares, two thirds of which is National Park.
A hidden treasure of natural wilderness with a vast range of plants providing habitat for over 230 bird species & mammals such as the iconic koala and echidna.
Our small guided tours, led by experienced guides, will let you discover the remoteness, history & natural beauty of this intriguing destination. Only 15 minutes by ferry from the Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island.
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Be prepared for the great outdoors! Comfortable walking shoes or boots, clothing to suit variable weather conditions, sun hat, rain jacket, sunglasses, a small bag is permitted (we do not have room for luggage/suitcases or large backpacks), camera and binoculars for checking out the wildlife!
Tour tickets can be booked online here.
We accept Mastercard and Visa. All tour prices are inclusive of GST and Naturaliste Tours reserves the right to alter times and/or fares without prior notice.
Children 8 – 16 years of age can book a tour at the child rate. The Victorian Road Laws require a child restraint seat for children under 8 years of age travelling in a vehicle. Our off road vehicle cannot accommodate a child restraint seat, therefore we do not accept children on the tour under 8 years of age.
Bottled drinking water and a light snack is included. Please note lunch is not included and is not available for purchase on the tour.
Taking up to 11 passengers, we tour the island in an air conditioned, purpose built off road tour vehicle. We call him “Bruce”! The vehicle is 4WD and does require entering and exiting via fold down steps which require passengers with a good level of fitness. It would not be suitable for those with limited mobility, pregnant or knee/back/neck issues.
There is a small amount of walking. Entering and exiting the 4WD tour vehicle via fold down steps requires passengers to have a good level of fitness. It would not be suitable for those with limited mobility, pregnant or back/neck issues.
There is a toilet on the ferry and at the Tankerton, French Island Jetty. Once on the tour there is no toilet facility.
Yes, we offer private touring on French Island. We can create an itinerary to suit your groups interests. Please call Naturaliste Tours on 5257 4570.
Yes, if you would like to catch a later ferry back please let our guide know prior to the end of the tour. Please note, however, Naturaliste Tours will not be responsible should you miss the last ferry or if the ferry cancels due to weather conditions.
Please arrive at the jetty at least 5 minutes prior to departure.
Street Car parking is available at both Stony Point and Cowes, however, it is not secure and the company does not take responsibility for the cars of passengers left at the piers.
Weather and sea conditions, as well as tidal variations can make operations challenging in this area. In the interest of passenger safety, Western Port Ferries cannot guarantee operations daily in accordance with our timetable. Passengers are encouraged to visit our website on the day of travel to check the operation times.
If the ferry transfer is cancelled we will fully refund 100% of your tour and ferry ticket.