There are currently 19 UNESCO World Heritage Listed sites in Australia and Fraser Island is one of them. UNESCO began the World Heritage Convention in 1972 to protect the world’s most remarkable places.
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Prince Harry took a barge for the 70-km crossing from Australia’s mainland to the island, while the former American actress Meghan rode in a far more comfortable cruiser.
As K’gari Fraser Island marks 25 years of UNESCO World Heritage status, a symposium will be held to share knowledge and enhance understanding of its unique universal values.
Presented by USC at its Fraser Coast campus on 7-8 June, the K’gari-Fraser Island Symposium will bring together researchers, traditional owners, UNESCO committee representatives and other organisations connected with the Island.
Symposium coordinator Dr Kim Walker said anyone with an interest in the Island was invited to attend to add their voice to the conversation.
“Researchers will share collective insights from decades of research, historical documents, reports, letters and photographs gathered in USC’s K’gari-Fraser Island Research Archive,” Dr Walker said.
“Delegates will discuss what these findings mean for the Island now and in the future, helping to generate further opportunities and collaborations.”
Keynote speakers include Chairs of the UNESCO Fraser Island World Heritage Committee Sue Sargent and Professor James Shulmeister, who currently leads an Australian Research Council discovery project on the history of the Island’s dune fields.
Read more from source: USC symposium puts focus on World Heritage icon
Celebrating 25 years of Unesco protection for this unique Australian island; Tasmin Waby; Lonely Planet
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.
Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, is famous for the large shifting sand dunes, vibrant sand cliffs, and patches of verdurous rainforests.
Where Is Fraser Island?
Fraser Island, located off the east coast of Queensland in Australia, is the largest sand island in the world. It measures 76 miles in length, 15.5 miles wide, and covers an area of 454,674 acres. This island is covered in large sand dunes, colorful sand cliffs, rainforests, and freshwater lakes. It was inducted to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1992. This article takes a closer look at the unique characteristics of Fraser Island, also known as K’gari in its Aboriginal name.
Why Is Fraser Island A World Heritage Site?
Fraser Island was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for more reasons than just being the world’s largest sand island.
Hervey Bay, Australia allows visitors to experience some of the most up close nature adventures, such as the world’s closest encounter with glorious humpback whales and four wheel driving along the world’s largest sand island. The nature adventures that await in Hervey are one of a kind.
1. Explore the world’s largest sand island at Fraser Island
Fraser Island is a one-of-a-kind island. It is the world’s largest sand island, reaching 123 kilometers (76.4 mi) long and 22 kilometers (13.67 mi) wide. It is also the only place in the world where rainforests above an elevation of 200 meters (656 ft) grow on sand dunes. And finally, it is home to half the world’s perched lakes (lakes created there are formed by a dip in the sand dune that permanently gets filled by rainwater). Fraser Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering a unique natural experience. Wild dingoes roam the sand.
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Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island), Australia
Two tourists are facing a major fine after standing on the back of a turtle at an Australian beach and posting a picture online.
The photo was originally posted by Ricky Rogers on Instagram and geotagged Fraser Island, Queensland—a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its dense rainforests, sand dunes and diverse wildlife.
The photo was captioned: “Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeeee.”
On Tuesday, wildlife photographer Matt Wright reposted the picture to Facebook, condemning the “turtle surfers,” reports Sunshine Coast Daily.
“When your brain is the size of a peanut, your thought process is ridiculous. Share this around and let’s see if we can get this fool a nice hefty fine,” Wright wrote.
Over 14,000 people have since shared photo and thousands have commented, calling the duo’s actions “appalling” and “disrespectful.”