French Island

With a circumference of 70 kilometres, French Island is much larger than the more popular Phillip Island nearby. Two-thirds of the island is a designated national park and with only around 80 people living on French Island, the entire island remains largely undeveloped – there’s no power, water or sealed roads, and cars are limited. Narrow channels wind around the shallow waters of the bay and there’s abundant sea birds, and waders can be found in the salt marshes and mangroves. It’s a serene island to kayak around and there are camping options, farmstays and B&Bs if you want to spend the night here. Paddle from Crib Point to the camping area at Fairhaven on the island, or further to Corinella.

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