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Fraser Island, the Largest Sand Island in the World

Fraser Island, a World Heritage Listing, on the Great Barrier Reef, isa part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage,protected for all to enjoy, and the reason I chose it to end my series of the" Best of the Great Barrier Reef Islands".
This is the only place in the world where one will find tall rainforests, growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 656 feet.
The long white sand beaches are flanked by colored sand cliffs or dunes, the highest of which can be up to 787 feet.
There are over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea colored others clear and blue, all ringed by sandy beaches,while ancient rainforests grow along the banks of fast flowing, crystal clear creeks.
Added to all this beauty, in the spring and summer, the low heaths provide a magnificent colorful display of wildflowers, all on an island a little over 76 by 12 miles.
Visitors will find it is easy to get to Fraser Island which is north of Brisbane.
There are daily flights to Hervey Bay and guests staying at the Kingfisher Resort can get the resort's Ferry here to the Island.
There is also daily Barge service to the different parts of the island.
Guests planning on staying a few days can choose between the purpose-built Ecotourism resort with a 109 two and three bedroom, self-contained villas whose amenities includerestaurants, cafes, a nightclub, tennis courts, water sports.
a kids club and general store.
Or the Eurong Beach Resort near seventy-five mile beach and the southern lakes, here the accommodations range from backpacker beds to one and two bedroom apartments,there is a free form swimming pool, restaurant and bakery.
As with all the other Great Barrier Reef Islands, activities abound, but Fraser Island is strictly for four-wheel driving as seventy-five mile beach is an actual highway,which they share with Air Fraser planes, making joy flights.
Another great pastime on seventyp-five mile beach is, beach fishingfrom surf gutters along the beach.
Visitors will see a wide range of native wildlife, some of them a little uncommon, such as the prehistronic looking lizard climbing a tree, or a dingo running along the shores.
Nature lovers will certainly get their fill, there are 47 species of mammals including swamp wallaby, small eared mountain possum and what is known as a sugar glider.
There are 354 species of birds and 79 species of reptiles, including the large monitor lizards which are often seen in the picnic areas.
The rare frog species, such as the "acid frog"can be seen and heard in the swamps, and from July to November migrating humpback whales frequent the waters around the island.
To me, one of the unusual sights were the Brumbies, wild horse descendants of the Arab Horses brought to the island to be bred for the army, and the Clydesdales which were used in the loggin industry.
It is possible to get a permit to bring a car to the island, but the best way to see this unique sand island, the largest in the world, is take one of the many tours offered.
One day tours are offered from Hervey Bay, for those who cannot stay longer, while for those who can spend 2, 3 or more days there aretours offered which includes everything.
Individual guests staying on the island can also get half-day and full-day tours from the resorts.
Planning a trip to Fraser Island during whale watching season one is sure to be rewarded with a whale breaching, Hervey Bay is known as the "whale watch capital of the world" as over 1500 humpback whales visit during their migration to the Antarctic, some staying from a few days up to weeks, in the waters around Fraser Island.


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