Naturaliste Tours is a nature based, small guided tour company operating on French Island. Experienced, local guides share their knowledge of the history, natural beauty, abundant wildlife and unique flora and fauna found on this undiscovered destination.
French Island is unique. The island runs completely off the grid with no mains water or electricity, there is virtually no traffic, and famously, Kylie Minogue once owned a holiday home here. The 170-square kilometre island is two-thirds national park and travellers looking for a nature-based experience can travel around this rugged, unspoilt island with Naturaliste Tours – all just a stone’s throw from Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula.
Passengers travel in an air conditioned, purpose built off road tour vehicle, perfect for accessing hidden spots. There is much to see – over 230 bird species and mammals, such as the iconic koala and echidna, birds of prey, vast array of plants including unique orchids(in season) and historic buildings. There is plenty of time for photo stops, wildlife encounters and scenic outlooks.
French Island is only one hour from Melbourne, and a 15 minute fast cat ride from Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula.
MembershipRegional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
From $79 to $99
This tour is a wonderful introduction to French Island, exploring the National Park and wilderness environment with ease and comfort in the 4WD vehicle. Naturaliste Tours local guides will share their knowledge of island life, history and the treasure trove of flora and of course the wildlife, including the iconic koala and echidna. This tour will go off the beaten track and provide the opportunity to have an up close and personal encounter with all of French Island’s natural beauty. Take in the silence and pristine beauty of this unique, off the grid, eco destination.
There is plenty of time for photo stops, wildlife encounters, and scenic outlooks. Tour length is approximately three hours (four hours with fast cat transfers from Phillip Island or the Mornington Peninsula).