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Tourism Queensland Fraser Island:

 

a miracle of nature

 

Bogik Oleg

 

Its hard not to get carried away when describing Fraser Island. Ask

any Aussie for a list of their favourite places and the chances are this

miracle of nature will be the near the top. But while the photographs

and testimony of others can tell part of the story, Fraser really has to

be seen to be believed.

 

Such is the magic of Fraser that its also difficult to go past the

Aboriginal legend of its creation. According to the Butchulla people who

lived here long ago, Fraser was named Kgari Island after the beautiful

spirit who helped the great god Beeral create the land. As a thank you

for her help Beeral transformed the spirit into this idyllic island with

tall trees, freshwater lakes, and flowers, animals and people for

company.

 

Understandably the Butchulla thought of Kgari as paradise and lived

here happily for possibly as long as 40,000 years, roaming its gigantic

sand dunes and towering rainforests and relishing its plentiful supplies

of freshwater and of foods such as fish, seafood, nuts and fruits.

 

Fraser remains a place of abundant natural gifts, with a remarkable

variety of vegetation and animal and bird life. All the more remarkable

when you consider that theres more sand on Fraser than in the Sahara

desert, and sand is hardly renowned for its life-fostering properties.

 

In fact, at over 123km in length and covering an area of 184000

hectares, Fraser is the worlds largest sand island. Yet it also

encompasses the second largest concentration of lakes (after Tasmania)

in Australia with a total of over 70, including as many as 40 perched

lakes a rare phenomena elsewhere in the world.

 

Set in a constantly altering landscape of overlapping sand dunes, the

islands lakes, creeks and streams are often visually stunning. The

dazzling turquoise of the perched Lake McKenzie, bordered as it is by

vanilla coloured sand, is particularly irresistable while the shimmering

emerald of Lake Wabby, surrounded by a huge sandblow (which is gradually

swallowing it) and by eucalypt forest, is also deeply alluring. Equally

delicious are the cool translucent Eli Creek on the eastern side of the

island and Wanggoolba Creek which winds along under a thick canopy of

rainforest at its centre.

 

Even Frasers abundant sand comes in many shades, from the whitest of

white through caramel and coffee-coloured to hues of orange and ochre,

sometimes, as at the Pinnacles and at Rainbow Gorge, all in the same

place. The islands sandscape is also exceptionally diverse with cliffs

and gorges, and desert-like dunes giving way to swathes of dense

mangrove and rainforest, as well of course as the seemingly endless surf

beaches which contour the island.

 

Tourism Queensland The islands most impressive beach is the 75

kilometre Eastern beach, billed as the worlds most amazing highway

for its four wheel driving possibilities. Along, or just off this long

wide stretch of beach are a number of Frasers sights, including the

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