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& WHY, 

to visit 


There are so many KOALAS...

 They're  strolling the pier, 

walking the roads,

 and hanging out of trees!



A French Island Self Drive Tour Car.

We're locals!

Our map shows KOALA & ORCHID Locations,

Lookouts for birdwatching and Coastal Vistas, 

Walks, and points of interest .. 

Binoculars provided!



Whenever you like!

Figs General Store takes Bookings from 

9am to 5pm 7 days a week.

CALL: 03 5980 1209

Unbooked Cars are available at FIGS.



.. Mysterious French Island ..

French Island is largely a National Park

and is NOT governed by a council, but by its 

own population together with Parks Victoria.

Environmentally sensitive French Island, has

around 100 passionate locals 

who like things just the way they are..

But we're willing to share!

Come respect and enjoy our unique wilderness,

 and we'll give you a wave as you go past.

Please note only walking and cycling is allowed 

in the French Island National Park.

 Car access and pets are strictly prohibited.



Why Not !

Hop on a Westernport Ferry to see what you're missing!

With possible sightings of dolphins, whales and penguins learning to swim.


Why Not!

Spot life in the wild..

All kinds of wildlife, flora, and fauna, can be seen along quiet French Island roads, which often border the National Park.

 A diverse selection, from birds of prey to sea birds flock to French Island's shores.

A bird watchers paradise!

With French Island Self Drive Tours, you can slow down, enjoy yourself, and stay all day. 

- Your on French Island time -

* Cape Barren Goose and chicks​

Why Not !

Enjoy lunch @ FIGS..

French Island's General Store


Located 3km from the Tankerton Jetty

 FIGS is the only shop on French Island .

The store has a tasty menu of quality food, great coffee, and sells everything you may need during your stay.

Including local produce and products! 

Best Hummingbird cake ever!

Why Not !

Explore the history..

Bayview  Chicory Kiln Farm  is the second kiln built  on French Island, and remains embedded with the history  of a time gone by. Home to farm animals and friendly locals, owners Lois and Keith have lived the history others talk about, and have the photographs and knowledge to prove it.


Bayview's tranquil garden is home to many happy koalas, and Lois promises visitors ...

                     7 koalas in 7 minutes!

So for a cash donation this stop over is a must to experience a real piece of genuine French Island; 

               with  guaranteed  koalas!


Why Not !

See what the prisoners saw..

McLeod Prison was founded in 1916 and continued to run as an Alcatraz style prison until its closure in 1975.

Recently bought by a Chinese consortium, regretfully the prison is currently closed to tours. 

A road following the front boundary around to the beach, where the prison jetty once stood, allows walkers a good view of the cells and adjoining buildings that survived time.

Why Not !

Drink award winning wine..

Maybe a glass or two of French Island Vineyard's award winning cool climate wine, is more to your taste. Enjoy the views of Westernport Bay as you indulge in a cheese platter or home made pizza cooked in the outdoor oven.

Bookings are essential

Why Not !

See rare French Island orchids..

September through to November French Island plays host to around 200 different species of orchids growing in their natural environment. Many of the species are rare and only found on the Island, offering visitors a unique seasonal experience. 

A leisurely walk along the Coast Road tracks may lead you to discover an often unseen wonder.

Pictured: The Duck Orchid

Why Not!

Walk where Kylie walked..

View the entrance of French Island's most famous past resident, Kylie Minogue.. Her former estate Beaucielmeaning beautiful sky in French is at the end of this disappearing driveway.

As you pass, take a moment to smell the lemon scent wafting from the gum trees Kylie had planted to welcome her home.


Why Not!

Picnic on a secluded beach..

Fairhaven Camp Ground on Coast Road is located 5km from Tankerton Jetty and 7.5km from the French Island General Store. The ground adjoins a secluded sandy beach and is a central point to many of the walking tracks.

Day travelers have access to a toilet, a water tank, and recently an electric BBQ was installed making the camp ground an ideal location for a BBQ lunch.

Or maybe you have another proposal!

...It's a very secluded beach...

We can't wait to show you the most unique destination in Victoria.

...Book Now...

CALL:  03 5980 1209



We are having problems with phone reception so our mobile number is not working.

 Please ring FIGS General Store.

7 Days a week


03 5980 1209 

For enquiries and Bookings. 

French Island Tour Cars can now be hired on the day from Figs General Store if Available!

French Island Self Drive Tours Terms and Conditions

French Island has only dirt roads that offer many hazards to inexperienced drivers. These conditions apply because of our unique circumstances and because of the many added expenses incurred from Island living. So, please drive slowly and safely to protect you, your passengers, French Islanders and our magnificent wildlife that are not familiar with traffic.

Hire car must only be driven on Roads marked in BLACK on the French Island Self Drive Tours Tour Map and NOT on tracks, Tankerton Jetty, Beaches, French Island National Park, or Private land or driveways.

The Driver of the French Island Self Drive Tour’s car must be over 25 years old and hold a full drivers license and has not been refused insurance in the past 5 years.

The holder of the photo driver’s license sent to French Island Self Drive Tours,( to identify the driver of the hire vehicle), accepts liability for damage to the hire vehicle while the vehicle is in their control, plus additional expenses including:

1)Barge Fees of $250 to have the car moved to the mainland for repair.

2)Towing fees of $750 if the car cannot drive safely.

3) 4 days lost hire income of 4 x $250 totaling $1000.

Children's car seats are provided but must be fitted by the customer. French Island Self Drive Tours will NOT be found liable for incorrect fitting.

If an accident occurs and the driver was under the 60km speed limit imposed on French Island, and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, French Island Self Drive Tours will recover $1000 excess and deem the damage an accident.

Repair costs will be billed to the Driver on the Photo ID License and if payment is not received the debt will be forwarded to a debt collector or Agency.

Damage to the vehicles costs:

Any corner panel: $2500

Frontal damage: $3000

Rear window door: $3500

Each Door: $1800

Bonnet: $2000

Roof: $3000

Undercarriage / exhaust: $3000

Windscreen: $1200

Each tyre: $600

Interior damage: $1000 plus (assessment needed)

Interior Door Handles: $250

Exterior Door Handle: $250

Back Lights: $500

Front Lights: $500

Indicator/Wiper switch: $250

Driving in French Island National Park or on Beaches : $1000

Driving on Tankerton Jetty (unless for Care Giving): $200

Bogged: Charge decided by the organised tow driver.

French Island Self Drive Tours Cancellation Policy

Customers will be refunded if Westernport Ferries have cancelled more than one ferry on the day of booking.

French Island Self Drive Tours reserves the right to cancel bookings if French Island roads are deemed dangerous due to bad weather, or a car is deemed unsafe for travel, or is no longer available due to accident or mechanical failure.

If a customer's cancellation is received 14 days or more prior to booking a full refund minus 10% costs will be issued. After this time unless a valid reason is forthcoming monies paid will be forfeited.

If a Covid lockdown is instigated. All money paid for bookings in the affected period will be reimbursed.

Thanks, French Island Self Drive Tours Management.

The driver must agree to these conditions before the booking is accepted. Thank You.

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