Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world with an area of 184 000 hectares and 123 kilometres in length and 15 kilometres wide. Visitors are surprised when visiting to find that it is a lot more than just sand. Fraser Island rainforests are surprising as this is the only place in the world where tall rainforests and associated flora and fauna can be found growing on sand dunes at heights of over 200 metres.
The slopes and valleys of the middle of the island with its high dunes have the best protection from winds and receive the highest rainfall and have the deepest accessible soils. They are dominated by rainforests with huge brush box, with bark “stockings” on their lower trunks and smooth red limbs, and the tall, straight-trunked, stringy-barked satinay. Their long roots reach rich nutrients buried deep in the dunes.
In other areas around the island, lichen-covered trunks of giants such as kauri and hoop pine emerge above lilly-pilly, quandong, brush box, and strangler figs, draped in vines, orchids, ferns and mosses. Walk slowly to see colourful fungi sprouting on rotting trees, their fine threads slowly decomposing the wood. These rainforests are known as vine forests. Along their drier margins are low vine forests of small-leafed grey myrtle (“carrol” scrubs), seen on walks from Central Station.
Keep an eye out for the hollows in older trees are nesting sites for mammals and for birds including king parrots, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and sulphur-crested cockatoos, often heard screeching from treetops. The brushtail possum is active at night, as are sugar gliders and flying-foxes. The rainforests of Fraser Island are a sight to behold.
Fraser Island Day Tours
To make the most of your day out to Fraser Island, travel with us. Our informative guide will ensure that your trip is informative and educational. Experience the sheer beauty of this amazing island with its precious eco-systems, unique wildlife and experience the tranquility of one of the world’s great natural playgrounds.
Ring us today to book your Fraser Island Day Tours, we specialise in day tours & group charters, visiting exclusive areas of Fraser Island and favourites including Lake McKenzie, Lake Birrabeen, Teewah Coloured Sands, Cooloola National Park and the Sand Blows.