Back to nature
Imagine the excitement of boarding a small ferry, knowing you are crossing the water to a secluded island. On the other side, the kids leap onto Tankerton Jetty. You are now in another, almost forgotten world. There are hardly any cars and there is no mains electricity, piped water or sealed roads. There is just one store and it also serves as the post office. Only about 70 people live here, and the tiny school has less than ten pupils. But there are thousands of koalas, and lots of other wildlife and adventures to discover.
FREE; VARIOUS PRICES FOR FERRY CROSSING
Peninsula Visitor Information Centre, 1800 804 009
■ The historic Bayview Chicory Kiln in Bayview Road. You can have afternoon tea, pat farm animals and browse historical displays.
Koalas were introduced to the island from the mainland just across the water over 100 years ago. French Island now contains the largest population of disease-free koalas in Victoria. Koalas breed here so successfully that park rangers are kept busy planting manna gum trees to keep them supplied with food, and many are transferred to reserves in other parts of Victoria.
■ It’s a good idea to bring your own drinking water to the island. Water supplied at campsites must be boiled or purified.
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