MAJESTY OF OUR IS­LAND

Fraser is a World Her­itage won­der­land that of­fers plenty of na­ture ac­tiv­i­ties

Noosa Life and Style - - THINGS TO DO - ALAN LAN­DER

FRASER Is­land is the world’s largest sand is­land, stretch­ing for 123km and span­ning an in­cred­i­ble 166,000 hectares. Vis­it­ing the is­land is to be dwarfed by the an­cient, grav­i­ty­de­fy­ing rain­forests grow­ing out of only sand, and ex­plor­ing the fresh­wa­ter lakes and spec­tac­u­lar sand for­ma­tions.

The World Her­itage-listed is­land has the best any is­land could of­fer: cool tow­er­ing rain­forests to walk through; more than 100 fresh­wa­ter lakes in which to swim, in­clud­ing Lake McKen­zie and Lake Wabby; huge sand blows to climb; and a unique 120km beach high­way, with the Ma­heno ship­wreck and cliffs of stun­ning coloured sands.

It has un­tamed wilder­ness and rugged ter­rain, but the is­land boasts lux­u­ri­ous, re­lax­ing and nat­u­ral ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­pe­ri­ences, of­fers some of the best beach fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the world, and pro­vides op­tions for young novice an­glers and sea­soned fish­ing pro­fes­sion­als.

Fraser Is­land also of­fers a di­verse range of fish species that are avail­able all year.

Rain­bow Beach is a sea­side town of­fer­ing ac­cess to Fraser Is­land. Nes­tled be­tween the is­land, Great Sandy Na­tional Park and the ocean, here you will dis­cover an ad­ven­ture play­ground with strik­ing nat­u­ral beauty, in­clud­ing Carlo Sand Blow, the coloured sands and Dou­ble Is­land Point.

You will be pleas­antly sur­prised when you take the op­por­tu­nity

to ex­plore this vi­brant coastal town. Rain­bow Beach of­fers an idyl­lic get­away for beach-go­ers, eco-tourists, an­glers, campers and those wish­ing to step back and truly re­lax.

In­skip Penin­sula, 10 min­utes north of Rain­bow, is the clos­est ac­cess point to Fraser Is­land when trav­el­ling north from Bris­bane.

The prox­im­ity to Fraser makes Rain­bow Beach the per­fect base for ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing the re­gion has to of­fer, and with plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties and one of the best beaches in Aus­tralia at your doorstep there is no ex­cuse not to visit Rain­bow Beach.

As they four-wheel drive along K’gari’s miles of un­spoilt beaches, lots of peo­ple love to see wild din­goes strolling along the beach.

The few din­goes that are found here are the world’s purest breed and, just like the wolves at Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park, our pre­cious apex dingo is vi­tal to the is­land’s frag­ile ecosys­tem.

With a life ex­pectancy of just seven years and a very se­lec­tive breed­ing process, each wild dingo is pre­cious to the ecol­ogy of the is­land.

So the next time you visit the is­land “please give them space, K’gari is their place”.

You can also fol­low Fraser Dingo Watch on In­sta­gram for more fun facts and dingo sight­ings by tour guides and res­i­dents of the is­land, as well as share your favourite wild dingo pho­tos from your hol­i­day at #fraserdingowatch.

Lake McKen­zie at Fraser Is­land.

PHOTO: ROWAN SCHINDLER

The view of the Great Sandy Strait from the sand dune south of Awinya Creek, Fraser Is­land.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Visit Fraser is­land for its mas­sive beaches.

PHOTO: LEANNE STANDEN

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