Fraser Island, situated adjacent to Hervey Bay, Queensland is the largest sand island in the world.
Fraser island is a unique natural environment - the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows from sand. Rich Aboriginal heritage and a colourful European history are integral to Fraser Island. This combination makes Fraser Island one of the most rare and mysterious features of Queensland’s coastline.
Now listed as a World Heritage site, Fraser joins the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Kakadu National Parks as being of universal significance as the largest coastal dune system and sand island in the world and for its special environments.
If you are exploring Fraser Island you need to know a little about where you are going. This map will give you a general guide so that you get the best out of your trip.
As a precious part of Queensland's natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate, enjoy and respect.
You must visit Lake McKenzie, the jewel in the crown of Fraser. The water of this lake is so clear and the sand so white you will want to spend quite a bit of time there to appreciate its beauty.
To explore Fraser Island you may also hire a 4WD vehicle to see the nature and beauty of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. Discover the long golden beaches, the calm sheltered coves, the freshwater lakes and the majesty of the rainforests... all at your own pace.
Fraser Island, named after shipwreck victim Eliza Fraser this World Heritage listed sub tropical island has a truly amazing array of natural wonders including beautiful rainforests, pristine lakes, endless surf beaches, immense sand blows, cliffs of coloured sands, crystal clear streams and vast stretches of mangroves.
The Island is 125km long and over 160,000 hectares in area. It was formed during the ice age when the prevailing winds transported the vast quantities of sand from New South Wales and deposited it along the coast of Queensland forming the island as we know it today.
In this fragile eco system the rainforest consists of huge satinay and brush box, kauri pines, piccabeen palms and the rare angiopteris fern which is one of the largest ferns in the world. All this growing in pure sand ! There are some wonderful walking tracks through these areas to enable visitors to appreciate the unique beauty of the island.
There are a number of lakes on the island each with their own individual character - from lakes stained red with tannin to others with pure white sand and crystal clear water. Swimming in these lakes is memorable experience.
Fraser is also home to over 200 species of birds along with a variety of mammals, wallabies, snakes, possums, turtles and flying foxes.
Now listed as a World Heritage site, Fraser joins the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Kakadu National Parks as being of universal significance as the largest coastal dune system and sand island in the world and for its special environments. As a precious part of Queensland's natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate, enjoy and respect.
PRISTINE LAKES AND CRYSTAL CREEKS
If sand is the key to how Fraser Island was formed, then water has been the reason it has become so special. The combination of environments, particularly the rainforests, have established through Fraser's wealth of freshwater sources.