If windswept, picturesque and private are words that appeal, you've found your destination in the Kent Group National Park: a cluster of islands set in the middle of eastern Bass Strait, halfway between the northern end of Flinders Island on mainland Tasmania and Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.
With around 55 kilometres to nearest landfall in any direction, and no public airstrip, getting there is not easy. You'll need a boat. And once there, don't expect facilities. You'll need to be completely self-sufficient. (This park wasn't reserved with you in mind.)
For those who do venture here though, when the islands loom out of a vast Bass Strait, they are a salve for salt-ridden eyes: sheltered sandy coves, turquoise waters, sheoak grey and eucalypt green forests, fields of waving tussock grasses, and abundant and tame wildlife.
The Kent Group comprises Deal, Erith and Dover islands; North East and South West isles; Judgement Rocks, and Big Rock. Deal Island is the largest in the group, with a jetty (no public access), lighthouse (built in 1848 and the southern hemisphere's highest), several residences and outbuildings, a small museum in the original lightkeepers' house, and a few informal walking tracks. Wildcare volunteer caretakers live in one of the houses, providing a year-round presence. (Walk notesheets are available from caretakers.)
The Kent Group Marine Reserve surrounds the national park, and its waters are further surrounded and protected by the Beagle Marine Park – a testament to the specialness of the marine life found in Bass Strait, largely thanks to the convergence of three ocean currents. See our Marine Reserve page for information.
Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the relatively warm waters, but keep away from any seal colonies. Oh, and you'll be able to frolic with wild abandon amongst the tussock grasses as the only venomous snake species here is too small to bite!
And with visitor numbers at less than one thousand per year, you may well have the place to yourselves.