Old Coast Rd Walking Track (French Island National Park)


Old Coast Rd Walking Track (French Island National Park)

Explore all that French Island National Park has to offer by travelling the Old Coast Walking Track. This 5km walk takes visitors along a gentle undulating sandy track, through heathland and messmate forest. Walkers can stay overnight at the Fairhaven grounds, before their return or continue along to alternative walking tracks. Two lookouts provide views over Western Port Bay along the way.

Whilst walking ensure that you keep a sharp eye for any on the migratory birds that visit French Island at different times during the year. Throughout the wetlands and bushland, look closely to find the endemic French Island Spider-orchid.

Walkers and campers on French Island need to be self-sufficient. before venturing out. Ensure you are equipped with enough water and insect repellent.

Old Coast Rd walking track is a Grade 3 trail

How to get there

Old Coast Rd Walking Track (French Island National Park)

Need to know

Old Coast Rd Walking Track (French Island National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • No vehicles
  • No firearms allowed


  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

No vehicle based camping

There is no vehicle based camping allowed at Fairhaven Camground

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