The Rainforests of Fraser Island

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 10/17/2017

Reading time: 3 mins

Known for being the only sand island with a complete forest growing on it, the rainforest of Fraser Island is sure to be an unforgettable sight!

Fraser Island is an ancient region made up of sand dunes that cast a surreal backdrop against the vibrant collection of flora and fauna that inhabits it. The island is famous for having stunning and prehistoric wildlife stretching across the sand, home to a number of lush rainforests well worth the visit!

It is listed as the only place on the planet where tall, verdant rainforests can be found growing on sand dunes, rising more than 200 metres skywards. Sand is typically notoriously low on nutrients, but Fraser Island’s sand is unique, with a fungus present to help keep the in nutrients in and to promote plant life to grow and flourish.

Each Rainforest Region on Fraser Island

Frasier Island is a haven of different ecosystems just ready and waiting to be explored. At the heart of the island, the slopes and valleys that characterise provide the perfect shelter from the harsh winds that rip across the island at certain times of the year. These areas receive a high amount of rainfall and boast the deepest soils on the island, making them perfect for tree growth.

Elsewhere on the island, you can wander amongst magical lichen-covered trunks of huge, ancient trees and discover the eclectic mixture of kauri and hoop pines, brush box, strangler figs, orchids, ferns, and a massive selection of mosses. The forests here are known as vine forests, where colourful fungi sprout at the base of trees, and majestic trails weave their way between centuries-old canopies.

The rainforests found in the moist gullies boast a thick canopy of leaves, which means that very little light can reach the forest floor. As a result, the trees grow tall and straight to make a break for the sunlight.

Stroll through the island’s various regions and discover this unique plant life, marveling at this unforgettable and unique natural wonderland!

The Animals within the Rainforests

There is plenty of wildlife to spot in the area, too. Look out for hollows in the older trees in the forests, as these provide excellent nesting sites for a variety of mammals and birds, including king parrots, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and sulphur-crested cockatoos. Listen out for them, too, as you’ll often hear from screeching from the treetops. At night, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the elusive brushtail possum which comes out after dark, as well as sugar gliders and flying foxes.

Overall, the impressive scenery of Fraser Island is a sight to behold. The mixture of ancient sand dunes and tall, lush rainforests make it the perfect place to explore, especially if you’re looking to discover plenty of Australia’s native flora and fauna. As well as lush scenery, the rainforests offer plenty of activities, whether you want to take a leisurely stroll through the surroundings or want to try something a bit more active.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.