Looking Up, Looking Down: Fraser Island (Week 27)

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Looking down – on Fraser Island,  the largest sand island in the world. It was World Heritage listed  for both its rich cultural and natural heritage in 1992. Pure strain dingos in the wild are still found here on this exceptionally beautiful island. There are over 100 freshwater lakes (both barrage and dune lakes) bordered by rainforest. It is the only place in the world that has rainforest growing on sand at elevations over 200 metres. Taking all these factors along with the knowledge of creeks and beautiful long beaches into account when we saw the plane sitting on the beach there was definitely no decision to be made as to whether or not we would take a trip.

Some interesting facts about Fraser Island

It has continually recorded climatic and sea level changes for the last 700,000 years and these changes can be seen in the massive sand deposits.

It has wallum heaths of ecological significance (and great flowers in spring and summer)

Over 350 bird species are found on the island.

The sand continues to infiltrate the island moving westward at 8 kilometres per year. Some of the grains of sand come from as far away as Antarctica.

Eliza Fraser was shipwrecked on the island and it was named after her.

The indigenous K’gari aborigines inhabited the land and did not suffer well with the advent of the Europeans.

The Ely river is great fun body surfing from upstream back to the beach. I highly recommend this.

The highest sand dunes on the island are up to 240 metres above sea level. 4o perched dune lakes (1/2 the number in the world) are found on the island.

On our return we wandered through the rainforest looking up at the huge satinay trees growing in the sand and then later looked up again to see the plane as it came in to land.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Looking Up, Looking Down: Fraser Island (Week 27)

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  2. Debbie says:

    Wow! I don’t know what else to say. It looks and sounds magnificent and I’m so glad you linked this to the challenge.


  3. FireBonnet says:

    I have never heard of this! Wow, a rainforest on sand. I would have taken the plane trip too! Thanks for taking me on such an interesting tour. 😀


  4. Love yer photos…like mini get-a-ways fer yer readers! 🙂


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  7. Charli Mills says:

    What an amazing place. If I were Eliza, I’m not sure I would have left.


    • I agree. I had could see her fighting her Georgian upbringing and knowing that it would not take her long to also become savage. (I know that is not a politically correct word but that is how they would have viewed it then.) I was really taken with the island when we went and will definitely go again with my nephews next time they visit.


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