Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

Sprawl­ing over 166,000 hectares, World Her­itage-listed Fraser Is­land is of­fi­cially the largest sand is­land in the world. That adds up to more than 100 fresh­wa­ter lakes to float in, 120km of beach high­way to ex­plore and countless op­por­tu­ni­ties for na­ture lovers. You can ac­cess the is­land from the Fraser Coast, a three-hour drive north of Bris­bane along the Bruce High­way, be­fore get­ting bet­ter ac­quainted on a guided or self­drive tour. Fraser’s fa­mous res­i­dent din­goes com­pete with the blue hues of Lake Mckenzie for most pho­to­genic at­trac­tion, with the Ma­heno ship­wreck and coloured sand cliffs close run­ners-up. It is the only place in the world where rain­forests grow from the sand, at el­e­va­tions of more than 200m. Es­cape the heat un­der a cool canopy of soar­ing sati­nay trees, kauri pines and gi­ant king ferns. The sati­nays, or Syn­car­pia hillii as they are of­fi­cially known, are a spec­tac­u­lar sight and some are more than 1000 years old. King­fisher Bay Re­sort’s tour­ing arm, Fraser Ex­plorer Tours, trans­ports guests daily to this unique land­scape, via cus­tom-built 4WD coaches. Eli Creek — the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Is­land — is an­other re­fresh­ing nat­u­ral find. Im­merse your­self in its clear fresh­wa­ter and float down the swiftly flow­ing stream from the bridge at the far end of the board­walk.

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