RBA was commissioned by the Department of Planning and Community Development (Traralgon Office) to undertake a review of the existing heritage-listed places in this remote location, which remains accessible only by boat.

Many of the sites already listed on the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay had deteriorated – other sites had been nominated for heritage protection and required assessment.

The heritage places on French Island reflect the particular geo-historical circumstances which have shaped its development. Significant sites include examples of vernacular construction, redundant chicory kilns, and a former low-security prison, now an eco-resort, providing accommodation for WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms Australia).