by Liam Taylor
The young dunes behind the eastern beaches are colonised and stabilised by spinifex grass and other coastal plants adapted to harsh salt and wind conditions. In the sheltered central regions of the island, where the dunes are stable and there are more nutrients for growth, diverse plant communities and rainforests are found.
These dunes progress across the island often burying forests and other plant communities. The rate of movement of the dunes each year depends on factors such as wind strength, the amount of moisture in the sand and plant colonisation. These dunes will gradually stop moving when they reach areas protected from the winds.
Imagine towering pines, rainforest trees with three metre girths, rare and ancient giant ferns, eucalypt forests with their characteristic pendulous leaves, lemon-scented swamp vegetation and dwarfed heathland shrubs covered in a profusion of flowers. Now imagine them all growing on an island of sand.
5:38 PMSunset Time At Fraser Island
5:49 AMSunrise in Fraser Island
Fraser Island has a hot humid climate cooled only by sea breezes. In summer the average temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius and in winter the temperature can drop to 15 degrees Celsius. Most winter days are sunny and there is never any frost.
Fraser Island Fauna
Fraser Island is home to a diverse array of native terrestrial and water fauna.
It is not uncommon to see a dingo loping along the beach or a prehistoric
looking lizard climbing one of the island’s trees. The diversity of the island's
natural habitat supports a wide range of animals, many of which are at the
northern or southern limit of their distribution or are considered to be rare or