Top Ten Australia Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Kick Back on Fraser Island
By Ron Moon & Viv Moon

Fraser Island, north of Brisbane, is the largest sand island in the world. However, it is grown over with tall trees and verdant greenery, belying its sandy soils. Jewel-like lakes nestle amid white hills of sand, or are rimmed by rich, thick jungle. Blue-water breakers curl in and crash along its 80-plus miles of Pacific beachfront, while whales, dugongs (similar to a manatee), and turtles cruise and cavort in the protected waters between the island and the mainland.

A World Heritage Area, most of Fraser is designated national-park land. While the island once supported sand mining and forestry, both these industries have faded; instead of chainsaws and backhoes, these days you'll hear only the soft shuffle of bare feet on sand and the hum of four-wheel-drive vehicles cruising the main ocean beach.

Central Station and the six small resorts that dot the island can be crowded but, for those willing to try a little harder, a stretch of beach or a small white sand-rimmed lake can be had for camping, surf fishing, or just as a spot to build your own private castle in the sand.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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