Ready for roy­als

Why our is­land is set to im­press

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

IT’S NOT long now un­til Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their way Down Un­der, which in­cludes a visit to Fraser Is­land.

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex will tour the World Her­itage-listed site, which is their only stop in Queens­land – on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22.

They are in Aus­tralia for the fourth In­vic­tus Games to be held in Syd­ney.

Prince Harry cre­ated the games af­ter see­ing the War­rior Games in the United States in 2013.

The royal cou­ple will visit Fraser Is­land as part of the ded­i­ca­tion of the site to the Queen’s Com­mon­wealth Canopy Ini­tia­tive which was launched in 2015.

The Prince of Wales added Fraser Is­land to the Queen’s Com­mon­wealth Canopy Ini­tia­tive dur­ing his visit to Bund­aberg in April, while he was in Queens­land for the Com­mon­wealth Games.

With its 75 mile beach, tall rain­for­est, coastal heaths, fresh­wa­ter lakes and ev­ere­volv­ing sand dunes, Fraser Is­land is sure to amaze.

In pris­tine rain­for­est, Their Royal High­nesses will be met upon ar­rival by the tra­di­tional own­ers of K’gari, and the Premier of Queens­land.

They will take part in a tra­di­tional Wel­come to Coun­try Smok­ing Cer­e­mony and un­veil a plaque for ded­i­ca­tion of the Forests of K’gari to the QCC.

Fraser Is­land rain­for­est is home to the is­land’s sati­nay trees, some more than 1000 years old.

They are known for their har­di­ness in wa­ter and used to build the Lon­don docks in the 1930s.

The Queen made an ap­peal to all 53 Com­mon­wealth na­tions to con­tribute ar­eas of in­dige­nous for­est to be pre­served in per­pe­tu­ity to mark Her Majesty’s life­time of ser­vice to the Com­mon­wealth.

The Duke and Duchess will then visit Lake Mcken­zie to meet with lo­cal el­ders and na­tional park rangers to learn more about the is­land.

From here, The Royal High­nesses will travel to the beach to learn about the his­tory of the is­land’s log­ging trade, as well as its use as a train­ing base for the Aus­tralian Z Spe­cial Unit dur­ing World War II.

The re­mains of the Z force Com­mando school’s train­ing camp are hid­den among the for­est of the North White Cliffs on the western bay near King­fisher Bay Re­sort.

This is where the se­cret unit trained from 1942 for both jun­gle and am­phibi­ous train­ing in prepa­ra­tion against the Ja­panese ex­pan­sion.

They will then travel to King­fisher Bay by boat, where the visit will con­clude with a walk along King­fisher Bay Jetty.

King­fisher Bay Re­sort’s se­nior ranger An­nie Bauer, says it’s great to see the young roy­als take the op­por­tu­nity to see first-hand Fraser Is­land.

“K’gari has it all – unique nat­u­ral beauty, cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and a se­cret mil­i­tary his­tory,” Ms Bauer said.

“It’s no won­der they picked Fraser Is­land for their time in Queens­land.”

This is the Duke and Duchess’ third trip to­gether out­side of the UK since their wed­ding on May 19.

They have vis­ited Ire­land, Botswana and Nor­way since then.

Aus­tralia will be their first stop on a three-week trip which in­cludes vis­its to Fiji, the King­dom of Tonga and New Zealand.

Photo: Dan Char­ity

COUNT­DOWN: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit Fraser Is­land on Oc­to­ber 22.

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