Celebrating 25 years of Unesco protection for this unique Australian island; Tasmin Waby; Lonely Planet

Australia – Fraser Island

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Fraser Island’s Unesco World Heritage listing after a fraught two decades of environmental activism in Australia, that began in 1971 by one of Australia’s leading nature conservationists, John Sinclair. Just off the Queensland coast Fraser Island, or K’gari, is the world’s largest sand island stretching 120 X 17 kms, and covered in towering rainforests and fresh-water lakes.

Much maligned by industry and the mass media at the time, protesters eventually persuaded the government to halt salt mining of the island in 1974, and logging of its precious rainforests in 1991. This unique sand island is now a favourite Australian tourist attraction, often hailed as one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Visitors head over to the island either by four-wheel driving and camping, or on a tour, but few can help but fall in love with Fraser Island’s exceptional natural beauty.

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