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“Lovely tour of a truly special place”
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Naturaliste Tours
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 20 June 2018

It is quite amazing that such a quiet place as French Island exists so close to Melbourne. It felt like stepping back in time with very few people around despite visiting on a long weekend. It was fascinating to hear and see the history, and the untouched nature of much of the island. David our tour guide was lovely and went out of his way to provide relevant commentary and answer our questions. It really provided a great insight into the local residents unique lifestyle. The koala spotting (with numerous koalas spotted) and then going to the bridge of the ferry to end the tour was a nice way to end the day. Highly recommended.

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Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Thank you for your great review. French Island is a fascinating destination. A large island of some 17,000 hectares of which 2/3rds is National Park. The tour offers a glimpse of island life, history, wildlife and unique flora. Come back in spring when the wildflowers and orchids are in bloom, just magic. All this just 90 minutes from Melbourne and very easily accessed. There is a train station at Crib Point which connects with the trains from Melbourne. And then it is just a short walk to where the ferry departs from at Stony Point Jetty. Western Port Ferries fast cat will get you to French Island in 15 minutes from either Stony Point or from Phillip Island.

Hope to see you again!

Warmest regards,

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Naturaliste Tours is a great way to get a glimpse of the natural bushland and coastal areas inside the large national park (2/3 of the island) as well as seeing the farmlands and community. Our wonderful guide Linda is a “local”, of 10 years standing, is passionate about the island and has a sound understanding of the need to balance the beautiful natural assets of the island and sharing them with visitors. We now know so much more about French Island, and it’s history, and thanks to Linda can understand why the locals are so keen to protect the island. Our tour was comfortable in the 4WD transporter, perfect for the unmade roads, with enough height to give good viewing.
We would like to come back in the spring for the wildflowers, orchids and birds.

Thank Julee00
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Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you for your great review! Your feedback has been passed on to the Naturaliste Tours team and to Linda. French Island is indeed a hidden gem and is so interesting. A great idea to return in the spring to see the native orchids, wildflowers and bird life.

Look forward to seeing you again.

Regards,

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Thank-you to Steve at Naturaliste Tours for an excellent tour of French Island. Although only 80 minutes from Melbourne, a visit to French Island is transporting offering interesting and wild landscapes. Steve has excellent knowledge offering keen insights on topics ranging from flora and fauna, history through to the intriguing island lifestyle. We were able to see quite a number or wild koalas and birds of prey. A fascinating day that I can highly recommend.

Thank StuartDobson
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Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Thank you for your great review. French Island is indeed a hidden treasure trove of wild and interesting landscapes, wildlife in natural settings and fascinating history on the door step of Melbourne. French Island is accessible by a 15 minute ferry ride from either Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula or Cowes on Phillip Island,whihc is included in the tour price. For those who do not wish to drive there is a train station at Stony Point, a short stroll to the ferry.

Regards,

Leanne

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Thanks Steve for a wonderful day on French Island. If you would like to visit the Island, this is the way to do it!
Would like to visit in Spring to see the native flowers.
thanks

Thank daniellefield
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Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Thank you for your great review and we agree, Steve is an informative and knowledgable guide. The island scenery and vegetation definitely changes with the seasons and we too are looking forward to the native orchids of spring. Look forward to seeing you back for another tour.

Regards,

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We had a fantastic tour with Steve Ross yesterday as he was extremely knowledgeable on topography, history and the flora and fauna of French Island. The four wheel drive transporter was very comfortable and handled the unmade roads of French Island with ease.

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Leanne J, Manager at Naturaliste Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you for your great review. Steve, shares his knowledge in a very informative an personalised style. And we love our 4WD vehicle - we call him Bruce!

Hope to see you on French Island again one day soon.

Warm regards,

Leanne

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