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Naturaliste Tours

French Island, Australia
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About Naturaliste Tours
Discover the history, natural beauty & abundant wildlife of French Island, an unspoilt, remote island only 1 hour from Melbourne and a 15 min ferry from Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula. Naturaliste Tours operates small guided tours in 4WD off ride vehicles. Experience the vast array of flora & fauna, stop at historic sites, lookout points and see the wildlife such as koalas & echidnas.
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Jane Northwood wrote a review Mar 2020
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After taking a UK and American visitor and ourselves on this tour after 30 years on the Peninsula we were not disappointed. Steve, our guide, spotted all the animals on request. A wonderful home cooked lunch with the owner of the homestead at the end of the tour was amazing. We will bring other friends with us and spread the word. Fantastic day, thank you so much.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 22 Mar 2020
Thank you for the wonderful review. French Island is a hidden gem, right on our doorstep. With wildlife encounters, an opportunity to meet locals and hear about the fascinating, off grid lifestyle and history of the island it truly is unique experience. We look forward to welcoming you and friends and family back again. Warmest regards,
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Local wrote a review Jan 2020
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French Island is certainly not the ordinary destination but Naturaliste Tours goes further and makes it like a discovery journey.Thanks to Steve who has a wealth of knowledge about the island, I learned a lot about the History of French Island,the tradition of chicory and the local flora and fauna .During the Tour, we saw echidnas, koalas, spiders, one snake and a lot of migratory birds.If you like Tours with a difference, focused on nature, in a peaceful environment with a nice and very informative guide, this tour is for you.The tour finishes at the local cafe.Ferries are very reliable. Finally, the price of the Tour is very reasonable and includes lunch. Final tip : ferries are free for seniors on weekends and public holidays
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 9 Feb 2020
Thank you Annie for the wonderful review. You have encapsulated the "Discover French Island Tour" very well. Our guides are very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the Island, its history, flora and fauna. We have recently added the" Wines, Vines & Vistas" tour which is great for food, wine and nature lovers and for those looking for a unique experience away from the normal offerings. Hope to see you on another tour or sailing with Western Port Ferries sometime soon. Warm regards, Leanne
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Andrew J wrote a review Jan 2020
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We were a couple of four, Andrew and Jill, Alan and Sylvia We had a thoroughly memorable day courtesy of our guide Steve, who made it very knowledgeable and exciting, which came to an end all too soon! Lunch at Celia's Mandalaye property was a truly magic visit and is an incredible homestead. We look forward to going back and seeing some more of the Island. Thoroughly recommend.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you Andrew for the fantastic review. Glad you and your group had an enjoyable time. Steve is a font of knowledge and very passionate about the flora and fauna. And, yes we agree, Mandalaye Park is a magical property. Hope to see you back again, maybe try our new Wines, Vines and Vistas Tour. Warm regards, Leanne
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Celia H wrote a review Jan 2020
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Well organised and excellent tour - I really liked the interesting information about French Island flora, fauna and history. The walks were lovely and the winery lunch was outstanding. Although, we sat in the sun and little water was provided - not good on a high 30's day.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you 950celiah for the lovely review. French Island is such an interesting, remote & pristine destination, and only just 1 hour from Melbourne is a great place to relax, switch off and take in the beauty of the landscape and wildlife. Thank you for the feedback about the water. Hope to see you again. Warm regards,
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RohiniFernz wrote a review Dec 2019
Melbourne, Australia136 contributions15 helpful votes
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If you’re reading this and wondering if you should be booking a tour with Naturaliste - do yourself a favour and book one in for sure. We had a fantastic time with the lovely Linda who greeted us as we got off the ferry at French Island. We climbed into their impressive 4WD and off we went. The tour is a mix of walks, drives and wine & food and you learn a lot about the island on it. Linda is obviously passionate both about its history but also it’s flora, fauna and wildlife and a fantastic tour guide. We saw plenty of koalas, a couple of echidnas and even a snake or 2. We really enjoyed our visit to the French Island Vineyard who do a generous wine tasting, delicious cheese platters and amazing pizzas for lunch. Bought some bottles of wine & relishes for home and I can’t wait to have them. It was a great trip, not too rushed (though being a wino, a bit more time at the winery would have been nice too) and you really get to appreciate the beautiful French Island. Thanks very much for everything Linda!
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Response from Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours
Responded 19 Dec 2019
Thank you RohiniFernz for the wonderful review. This is one of our newest tours and mixing food and wine with unspoilt, natural scenery is proving a real winner. And of course let's not forget the wildlife encounters, as you experienced. Our guides live locally and can really give you an insight into, not only the beautiful, pristine, environment but also the lifestyle of this off grid island destination. Hope to see you again, maybe try our Discover French Island Tour, lunching with locals and more sights! Warm regards, Leanne
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