Fraser Island

Fraser Island, referred to as K'Gari by the aborigines, is the largest sand island in the world and was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. Fraser Island is located off the east coast of Australia and is separated from the mainland by the Great Sandy Strait. The Fraser Island area is protected in the name of the Great Sandy National Park.

Railway Central Station remains as a popular tourism destination on the island. The station is surrounded by bushwalking tracks to enable full appreciation of the variety of plants living on the island. Some of the rarest ferns grow in the rainforest near the station.

With year-round winds, huge sand dunes on the island move at the rate of one to two meters a year, burying everything in its path and thus making sand on the island extremely rich with nutrients. The beach sand of Fraser Island is nearly pure silica and is good for washing hair, teeth, jewelry, and for exfoliating the skin.

The freshwater lakes on Fraser Island are some of the cleanest lakes in the world. The most popular is Lake McKenzie, a "perched" lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 meters above sea level. Even sunscreen and soaps are considered a form of pollution for such pristine lakes.

Dingos are common on the island. The dingos on Fraser Island are some of the last remaining pure dingos, and to prevent cross-breeding, dogs are not allowed on the island.

 

JOURNEYS trips that include Fraser Island:

Australia - The Great Wild South (may be included as trip extension)

Lamington National Park and Fraser Island trip extension

 

Information based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Island

 

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