The ultimate family escape to Great Keppel Island

If Ernest Hemingway were still around, I’d say this would be his chosen location to pen his latest book.

Barefoot serenity. Hammocks. Palm trees. Washed down with a mojito and a tropical beat.

This is Great Keppel Island.

It has a vibe that suits a parent’s desire to chillax and offers plenty to keep the kids engaged and supercharged.

Great Keppel lies in the Southern Great Barrier Reef – around 1454 hectares in size, it’s home to 17 white-sand beaches and has an interior rich with native flora and fauna.

Great Keppel was where we said adieu to an epic 18-month road trip around Australia. It was exactly what our exhausted bodies and minds needed. There was plenty for us to do all within a short walk from our beach cottage, but it also gave us permission to lounge around on comfy chairs, read books under palm trees, swim and play with the kids.

Want some blissed out, vehicle-free island living for yourself? Here’s how.