Fairhaven Campground


Fairhaven Campground

Although close to Melbourne, French Island National Park is a mystery to many people due to its isolated location in Western Port. As a result, the park features some fantastically  underrated opportunities for walking and cycling among a diverse landscape of mangroves, saltmarsh, heaths and open woodlands. Fairhaven Campground is a fantastic location to camp and base your self whilst exploring this unspoiled natural environment. 

Things to do in the area

Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.


Walk white sandy beaches, swim in cool coastal waters or surf the wild waves of the Southern Ocean.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
Three friends take a break from their walk to take a photo of a Kangaroo who is equally watching them.

Wildlife viewing

Get up close and personal with some of Australia's shy native wildlife or look up to spot tree-dwelling mammals and flocks of colourful birds,

How to get there

Fairhaven Campground

French Island National Park is accessible by ferry from Stony Point and Cowes.
Stony Point is located 80km south-east from Melbourne CBD. Take the Western Port Ferries passenger ferry from Stony Point across to French Island. The trip takes 10 to 12 minutes and delivers you to Tankerton Jetty on French Island. Tickets are available for purchase on the ferry or online. Check Western Port Ferries or phone 03 5257 4565 for the ferry timetable and weather conditions. Ferry services can be cancelled at very short notice. The only roads in the park open to vehicles are Link Road, Clump Road and Causeway Road (south of the junction with Link Road). Seasonal road closures apply



Camping & accommodation

Located on the west coast foreshore, this is an idyllic overnight place to camp within a natural setting.
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Need to know

Fairhaven Campground

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.

  • Fairhaven Campground (French Island National Park)

    French Island National Park Closure to the Public

    French Island National Park will be closed to Public Access from Friday the 3rd June 2021 until Tuesday the 5th July 2021 due to Aerial Baiting of Feral Cats.

    No vehicle based camping

    There is no vehicle based camping allowed at Fairhaven Camground

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