Why is Fraser Island important?

If you are looking for a place that oozes natural beauty, then Fraser Island is for you. Home to sprawling, sun-drenched beaches, lush green bushlands, and a jigsaw of outdoor activities, it’s guaranteed you’ll wear out your walking shoes for this destination. But what makes this island different from all the others? Follow our list for an eye-opening experience
Fraser Island, a wonderland bursting with unspoiled swimming spots, lush greenery, enormous dunes, and soft sand beaches. It is one of Australia’s top attractions, bringing over 350,000 travellers each year. But why is it so famous? What is so great about this Island?

The Biggest Sand Island in the World

Fraser Island lies just off the coast of Queensland, extending 123km down and 23km across, stretching out to around 166,000 hectares. What brands this island unique, however, is that is completely, and uttering made of sand, making it the biggest sand island to of ever existed. A truly exceptional phenomenon was the rare ability this island possesses. Due to sand typically having low nutrients for plants, any kind of plant life found in pure sand is uncommon. However, Fraser Island’s and possesses a mycorrhizal fungus which gives the proper nutrients for plant growth, which has brought about the largest rainforest to ever exist in pure sand.

It has a long and rich history

As well as the record-breaking feats of Fraser Island, it offers you exceptional history. The land is around two million years ago, forming during the Ice Age, which gives you plenty of history to discover. It took more than 800,000 years for the island to develop to the island we know today. With continuous wind, waves, and currents slowly pushing the siliceous sand from the New South Wales area and depositing it along the coast of Queensland. Eventually, this pile of sand became greater over time, forming a large island which in due course sprouted life. The island was inhabited by the aboriginal tribe, the Butchulla people, who survived on the island for over 5,500 years. The Europeans discovered it in 1770, by the famous Captain James Cook. Its original name was ‘K’gari,’ an aboriginal word meaning paradise, but was changed to ‘Fraser’ in 1836 after the death of a Captain Fraser after a shipwreck north of the Island.

Incredible Wildlife

The island is rich with wildlife, simply step into the thick greenery and hear the natural melody of Fraser Island. With the rustle of bushes, the swopping of wings, and the soft chirping tunes. Try to listen to each separate chirp to see which bird it belongs to, seeing as there are around 230 species on the island, it’s a pretty tricky task. If you’re pulling aside the rustling bushes, there are around 25 different species of mammals roaming around. Including the famous dingoes, identified on Fraser Island as the purest dingoes in existence, due to the island’s isolation.

A World Heritage Site

The island is made up of state forest, and private land, with the north side, comprising of the Great Sandy National Park. The island is of great importance due to its indigenous heritage, natural geology, tourism, and residing attractions. Due to all these reasons, Fraser Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992.

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