My boyfriend and I were looking for a little overnight adventure, and we found it here - right on Melbourne's doorstep - at the French Island Eco-Inn. Intrigued first by the self-sufficiency and protected natural status of the island, we found the hospitality at Eco Inn complemented the charming atmosphere on the island.
We like to take simple holidays that allow us to unwind from the grind of city life. French Island, with just 100 inhabitants, and absence of cars, really lets you feel like you are a million miles from the city. The island itself is bigger than Phillip Island, so there is plenty to explore if you have more time. But for a single night stay we found ourselves very much content to enjoy the views from the decking of Eco Inn, as well as bushwalk to the island's 'Pinnacles'. We were even lucky enough to spot three wild koalas just hanging out in the trees immediately surrounding the Inn.
Our host Phil was an excellent chef and host. He served us lovely homemade meals prepared from local produce. He informed us that he would like to grow his own food; and has already installed a dam to irrigate his permaculture garden in the near future - which was a good talking point. Phil was also happy to share his knowledge of the island and generally ensure that we were well looked after. He even picked us up fro the ferry, even though it is a very manageable stroll of little more than a few hundred metres to his property.
We camped on the property for a small fee and in return had access to all the common areas as well as bathroom facilities.
Thanks Phil for a very relaxing and inspiring stay.