FraserIsland Travel Guide

by our Australia expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyTowards the southern end of Queensland’s coast, a little north of Brisbane, is the largest sand island in the world - the beautiful 100 mile long Fraser Island, a World Heritage Site. An endless, constantly shifting, sand dune shore quickly gives way to a tropical rain-forest interior, uniquely still on sand, both equally fascinating for visitors. With relatively few mammals (the many vari-coloured freshwater lakes are mildly acidic), the island is outstanding for its bird life - over 200 species, many migratory waders resting on their massive journey to Siberia in the N. Hemisphere. The surrounding Coral Sea is rich in marine life with breeding turtles, oddities such as dugongs (allegedly the mermaids of myth) and larger migrants, humpback whales - spectacular displays in the mainland’s Hervey Bay, Aug-Oct. The area is geared to eco-tourism with accommodation from camping to modest luxury and well-organised tours and visits. A truly magical place, excellent for serious nature watchers and family holiday-makers alike.

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Language(s): English/ Aborginal native languages
Currency: Australian Dollar
Dialling Code: +61
Time Zones: Cocos Islands : GMT + 6.5
Western Australia : GMT + 8
South Australia : GMT + 9.5
Northern Territory : GMT + 9.5
New South Wales : GMT + 10
Queensland : GMT + 10
Victoria : GMT + 10
Tasmania : GMT + 10
Lord Howe Island : GMT + 10.5
Australian Capital Territory : GMT + 10
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