Paradise On Earth: Fraser Island
名列《世界自然遺產名錄》的弗雷沙島Fraser Island，就像是一片橄欖葉，靜靜的漂浮在澳洲東岸南太平洋蔚藍的海面上。會移動的沙丘、高高在上的懸湖、色彩斑斕的砂巖、清澈見底的海灣、白色的沙灘、隱蔽在叢林中的沙洲、與世無爭的幽靜雨林，構成了它獨一無二的絕美景觀。弗雷沙島經歷70 多萬年的歲月沈澱而形成，不僅擁有世界上最悠久，最完整的海岸沙丘系統，還是全球最大的沙島。已在島上居住超過5,500 年的原住民Butchulla人稱其為 K'gari——天堂。
World heritage-listed Fraser Island is a treasure of Australia. Located off the south-eastern coast of Queensland, the island looks like a silvery green olive leaf lying in the blue of the South Paci c Ocean. Shifting sand dunes, strikingly coloured sand cliffs, clear bays, sandy beaches, and tall rainforests combine to make it a place of exceptional beauty. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, made of sand that has accumulated over 700,000 years. It features the oldest coastal dune formations and ecosystems, making it globally signi cant. Its earliest inhabitants, the Butchulla people who settled here over 5,500 years ago, named it “K'gari” meaning paradise.
南太平洋洶湧波濤常年的反復沖刷，成就了弗雷沙島東海岸令人嘆服的「75哩海灘」（Seventy-five Mile Beach）。
在最具標誌性的世界大戰歷史 遺 跡「 瑪 希 諾 號 」（Maheno Wreck）的遺骸前，感受它曾經的豪華、輝煌；在宏偉壯觀、耀眼炫目的幻彩教堂山 (Pinnacles)，感嘆大自然的鬼斧神工；在迷人的原生態白沙湖 (Lake Mckenzie)，享受純天然的美容護膚；在清澈純凈的愛麗溪（Eli Creek），體驗冒險的隨意漂遊……
費沙島海岸線的最高點是印第安人角 (Indian Head)，在這裡不僅可以看到鯊魚、海豚、海牛、海龜、魔鬼魚等，還能在每年7 月到 11 月的觀鯨季，欣賞到座頭鯨母子在海面翻騰、嬉戲。
The repeated surges of the South Pacific waves have shaped the long uninterrupted sweeps of Seventyfive Mile Beach in an amazing way. Being one of the few places in the world where you are able to take a four wheel drive onto a beach, you will be constantly surprised at the beauty of sea and nature while you cruise along the endless sandy beach highway.
The iconic Maheno Wreck from the First World War will awe you with its bared skeleton. You cannot help but imagine the grandeur and glory that it once held. The Pinnacles will dazzle you with the magnificence and beauty of their coloured sand cliffs. You can enjoy nature's own body scrub at Lake Mckenzie simply by rubbing the exceptionally fine sand onto yourself and getting the same results as a day spa for free! If you are more of an adventurous spirit, you can try floating along the beautiful Eli Creek.
The highest point on the island is Indian Head where you can spot sharks, dolphins, dugongs, turtles and manta rays. You can even see giant humpback whales playing and diving with their babies in the waters of Fraser Island between July and November.
Rainforests on sand dunes
One of the unique scenic wonders on Fraser Island is its tall, rich rainforests. It’s the only place on earth where a rainforest grows from sand. The richly diverse vegetation and thick canopies make the rainforest home to hundreds of species of birds and wildlife.
One vegetation species found on the island, the tilia, can grow up to 60 metres tall. It can even grow on top or within another hosting tilia. Taking a walk in the rainforest is a magical experience. Golden sunlight showers through the canopy; birds chirp every now and then to chime in with the tranquil symphony of nature; bushes along the tracks showcase their colourful fruits; dingos run by patrolling their unique home... time stands still, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the moment.
The gentle west shore
Compared to the wave-washed east shore, the west shore is soft, gentle and quietly refined. Her beauty is fully manifested at sunset.
As the sun slowly sinks below the horizon, soft golden ray shine on the ships and boats dotting the water and the people enjoying the beach. The shimmering surface starts to lose its clarity. The crystal turquoise sea water is condensed into an enigmatic blue. When the last gold smear of light vanishes into the deep blue, it takes with it all the hustle and bustle of the day, bring the gentleness of night to the island.
▲印第安人角 (Indian Head)
▲ 愛麗溪（Eli Creek）
▲ 白沙湖 (Lake Mckenzie)
▲ 幻彩教堂山 (Pinnacles)