Fraser Island - World's Largest Sand Island

Located just off the east coast of Australia along the southern coast of Queensland, Fraser Island is a vast island that stretches over 123 kilometers in length and 22 kilometers at its widest point. With a huge area of approximately 184 000 hectares it is regarded as the world's largest sand island. The total volume of sand above sea level on Fraser Island is directly proportional to the mass of 113 cubic kilometers. The immense sand blows and cliffs of colored sands are part of the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world and they are still evolving.

With its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly colored sand cliffs, natural sandblows, rocky headlands and over 100 pristine freshwater lakes, Fraser island is a place of exceptional beauty. The combination of shifting sand-dunes, tropical rainforests and lakes makes Fraser Island an exceptional site. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks. Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 meters.

Fraser Island is one of the most significant natural wonders of the world and ranks along the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Kakadu National Parks as being of universal significance its special environments. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Today the island is a popular tourism destination in Australia.

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