Fraser Islands • the largest sand island in the world • breathtaking beauty and natural attractions holiday accommodation and tours. • 600,000 visitors come to Fraser Island each year • 144 km coast line • the only place on the planet where rainforest grows from sand.
75 Mile Beach • 75 miles long • Curious!! constant movement of sea and sand not exactly 75 miles long 75.173 Mile Beach
Name. Version #1. Origin. Origin. 'K'gari' (the Badtjala people's language) “Paradise” Aboriginal legend When humans were created and needed a place to live, the mighty god Beiral sent his messenger Yendingie with the goddess K’gari down from heaven to create the land and mountains, rivers and sea. K’gari fell in love with the earth’s beauty and did not want to leave it. So Yendingie changed her into a heavenly island – Fraser Island.
Name. Version #2. Captain James Fraser and his wife, Eliza Fraser, were shipwrecked on the island in 1836. Captain Fraser died but Eliza was rescued off the island. Eliza later made money travelling around England and Australia telling her story of the events that had occurred while the survivors of the ship were on the island.
Europeans • James Cook 18 - 20 May 1770 • MatthewFlinders - past the island in 1799, and in 1802 • In 1836, survivors from the shipwreck of the 'Stirling Castle‘ + CaptainJamesFraser + his wife Eliza Fraser (6 weeks before being rescued)
Climate • moderate • 14-28 degrees Celsius • rainfall: the 1.5 metre mark • the hottest: November and March • the wettest: January and March • the driest: August and September • the coolest: June and August
Lakes • 40 perched dune lakes: Lake Wabby, Lake Mc Kenzie, Basin Lake, Lake Wabby, Bogimbah Creek, Eli Creek, Boomanjin, Boomerang Lake, …….. • individual character - from lakes stained red with tannin to others with pure white sand and crystal clear water
Nature(nature lover's paradise ) over 300 bird species, dingos, dugongs, turtles, sharks, hump back whales, foxes, possums, snakes, turtles and wallabies, goannas, snakes, dragons, geckos, skinks and frogs, etc … the full spectrum of the plant life cycle
BUT!! no kangaroos
Dingo • the purest strain of Dingo in Australia! • live in the beaches, bushland and rainforest • accustomed to the locals and thousands of tourists
Dingo • lifespan: 10 years • breed: only once a year • litters: 4-6 pups. • colour: sandy yellow • ascavenger: steals anything unguarded that smells yummy • food: from berries to small animals
References • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser_Island • http://www.fraserisland.net/ • http://dkd.net/fraser/