FRENCH ISLAND, on the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula, is well off the beaten track. A former prison farm, about two-thirds of the island is a national park, with the remaining third used as farmland. The island is renowned for its rich wildlife, especially birds of prey, and a flourishing koala colony. Make sure you bring mosquito repellent. You need a permit to bring a car onto the island, but it’s a great place to cycle, an activity that is encouraged, with all walking tracks open to bikes.

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