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Fraser IslandQueensland

 75 Mile Beach
Fraser Island is the world's largest sandy island. Because of it and because of its beautiful unique environment this 122-km by 15 km area was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1993. Is considered that the Island is totally made of sand and all hills are sand dunes. On the Island you can found 7 types of forest, many types of plants and animals. Although it sound unbelievable inside the Island is stored the highest concentration of fresh water in the world. There are 80 streams and many freshwater lakes.

 75 Mile Beach
The Island was formerly occupied by Butchella Aborigines, who called this place K'gari, which is possible to translate as "Paradise". The name comes after a spirit who helped the god Beeral create the earth. K'gari loved earth so much that she asked Beeral to let her live there. But it was impossible for the spirit, so the god changed her into a beautiful island with trees and animals for company. He also created spectacular lakes for eyes through which she could stare up and enjoy beauty of her land. Nowadays the name Fraser Island is from the captain of a ship, which wrecked in 1836. Some of the crew survived 2 months on the Island, with aboriginal help, and were rescued. After arriving of white man the aborigines were wiped out and timber cutters moved on to the Island. Lately also sandmining company began operate there. Fortunately, both activities were stopped and today people do everything to protect wilderness of this nature wonderland.

The Island is worth of seeing and hosts more than 20.000 vehicles a year. Despite of this fact it remains wild. If you came as a tourist you have two choices. First one is lend a 4WD car, get permission and go around the island just with your friends. The second choice is in my opinion better. You can pay for a 1-3 day tour with some of many companies. They offer a transit, accommodation, guide, meals and wonderful time on one of the most amazing places on the Earth.

 Lake Allom
Lake Allom is a small area surrounded by dune system. The rainforest runs to the water's edge. You can see a large amount of Krefts Turtles there. The water, in this type of lake, has an acidic pH rating restricting the growth of plants. The lake is relatively young and the water is discolored from the Mellaluca trees around its edge.

Eli Creek is the second largest creek on the Island and the largest stream on the East Coast. 400 meters up the creek goes wooden boardwalks. It has flow rate of 4 million liters of water per hour, so it is nice experience to swim in it and enjoy clear water that flows to the beach. Water flowing in creeks fell on the ground somewhere between 60 and 80 years ago and filtering through heaps of sand causes its clearness.

 Maheno Wreck
Maheno was a luxury ocean liner built in Scotland in 1905. She was owned by a New Zealand Company and for most of her life ran between this country and Australia. The ship was 140 meters long and powered by steam turbines. During WW I she was used as a hospital ship and collected wounded soldiers from Meditterean region and return them to England. In 1935 Maheno was sold to a Japanese company to be broken down for scrap. While being towed to Japan, the ship was caught in a cyclone and washed onto the Fraser Island beach. Damage to the ship was so big that it was impossible to refloat it. The ship was stripped of all valuable parts and left on the beach to rust away.

Next wonders of nature are The Pinnacles. They are the colored sand dunes made up from sand, clay - what holds them together, and iron oxide that makes 36 shades of red, brown and yellow colors in it.

 people on Indian Head
Indian Head and Middle Rocks are the last remains of what used to be a rock island. As sand was carried on the Long Shore Current it became trapped around the rocks forming the Island as we see it today. The area around this rock was gathering place for the Butchella people. Current name comes from Captain Cook, who sailed past in 1770 in a ship named Endeavor. Aborigines who saw his ship were attracted and observed it from this point. Cook saw them and because they had a dark skin he named the headland "Indian Head".

Wathoomba Creek is located opposite Indian Head on the Western Coast. It has wide estuary in which the fresh and salt water is mixed. The high and low tides change the appearance of it and while during the high tide you will enjoy wonderful swimming in strong current, in the time of low tide water almost vanish and you can walk across it.

 estuary of Wathoomba Creek
Lake Wabby is the deepest lake on the Island, also known as a barrage lake. It is surrounded by eucalypt forest and from one side lay a huge sandblow. Above the lake is nice lookout overseeing the nearest part of the Island. The Lake is full of fish. While you are swimming you can meet "Catfish" and small turtles known as "Krefts Turtles".

Lake Garawongera is shallow lake with amazingly warm water and small white-sand edges. In the lake is a lot of plantlife but swimming in his water is really nice experience.

 
 
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