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Old 07-06-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default Going French...Nuclear to Wunderbar

So close and yet so far...

From a proposed site for a Nuclear Power Plant (State Electricity Commission, mid '60s) to its entirely unpaved roads, relative inaccessibility (at least so close to a major multi-million city), a dizzying Mt. Wellington at 96m/ 300ft above sea level, to the absence of mains services like power, water, sewage etc., a National Park occupying over half of the landmass and an anemic population figure of below 100, French Island is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of it's very commercial and well-renowned neighbour, Philip Island.

The bigger of the 2 islands in Westernport Bay is something that had somehow always eluded us.
It's NOT a bike/ ride destination...it's near impossible and besides, entirely fruitless, to try and byo car across (due to the lack of available and/or legal roads to drive on)....or even try and hire one of the plentiful rusted-out, unregistered wrecks...chauffeured by the locals with abandon.


There's a little ferry from Crib Point to Tankerton at the bottom-left of the island. There's a (usually closed) Rangers Office near the jetty...and the single supply-source "General Store" 2.5km up the road.
(it's for sale, Doug....Dooouuuggg!! Diversification, mate...that Millers Flat Caravan Park needs a sibling)
There's a small 2-car barge occasionally running across from Corinella, if booked in advance and if the water isn't too rough...and if not filled with other supplies at the time.

French Island, aye??
Let's have a look!


Some maps and general info

http://interislandferries.com.au/map_french.pdf

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/pa...-national-park




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Old 07-06-2016, 12:30 PM   #2
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Oui,Oui s'il vous plait !
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:59 PM   #3
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A Mountain under 100m High? Merde Sake!
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:11 PM   #4
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A cool, overcast morning at Tankerton Jetty





A pre-arranged pickup by the lady running the only supply on the island,
the General Store.






Looks like this one's only been taken out of commission yesterday afternoon...







Store, Cafe, library, post office, community hub, rescue-hub (there IS an old tractor around the back to pull out someone stranded!)....








...and bicycle hire centre.







Some rusty old Repcos and Kmart-Apollo-specials, helmets nailed to the wall for the softcock city-slickers ("weeeell...if you want one??!! Nobody here ever does...") , the chain on one of the assigned bikes is rusted solid but comes good after a quick spray of Canola oil ...."ran out of WD40 last week"

What the hell, the $30 hire fee was already worth every penny!!

A wave and friendly "don't use the brakes cause they'll never come loose again...the rust around here, you know...or you'll be on your arse quicksmart, hehe"....and we're off.....sorta.
Barely 50m in and it's pretty obvious that this is going to have a damn painful end...

Doesn't look like that bottle of Canola did the emergency rescue-tractor much good...





Goodie,son-in-law and daughter on their 6-day whirlwind visit from the US treadling away.





Looks like the Canola has already worn off....






Should've brought a tanker with Monteith Dark...this pedalling in the sand is thirsty work...






Reading the billboards....and those Fridgidaire-letterboxes are everywhere around here.





Knackered already?





Off to the famous Tea Rooms and Chicory Kiln up on McLeod Rd. then...





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Old 07-06-2016, 01:19 PM   #5
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Sand and Ti-Trees. Looks cold and windy but I'm still envious. Any food there? Fish and chips in newspaper?
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