Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

More Photos K'gari, formerly Fraser Island and for a short time Great Sandy Island and Thoorgine, is a World-Heritage-listed island along the south-eastern coast in the Wide Bay–Burnett region, Queensland, Australia. The island is approximately 250 kilometres (160 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane,, within the traditional lands of the Butchulla people, and is a locality within the Fraser Coast Region local government area. The name K'gari includes surrounding waters and parts of the nearby mainland. In the 2016 census, the island had a population of 182 people.K'gari, and some satellite islands off the southern west coast and thus in the Great Sandy Strait, form the County of Fraser, which is subdivided into six parishes. Among the islands are Slain Island, Tooth Island, Roundbush Island, Moonboom Island, Gardner Island, Dream Island, Stewart Island, and the Reef Islands, all part of the southernmost parish of Talboor. It is about 123 kilometres (76 mi) long and 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1,840 square kilometres (710 sq mi). It is also Queensland's largest island, Australia's sixth largest island and the largest island on the east coast of Australia. K'gari has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Unlike on many sand dunes, plant life is abundant due to the naturally occurring mycorrhizal fungi present in the sand, which release nutrients in a form that can be absorbed by the plants. The island is home to a small number of mammal species, as well as a diverse range of birds, reptiles and amphibians, including the occasional saltwater crocodile. The island is protected as part of the Great Sandy National Park, and is a popular tourism destination. K'gari has been inhabited by humans for as long as 5,000 years. Explorer James Cook sailed by the island in May 1770. Matthew Flinders landed near the most northern point of the island in 1802. For a short period the island was known as Great Sandy Island. The island became known as Fraser Island due to the stories of a shipwreck survivor named Eliza Fraser. In 1992 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2009, as part of the Q150 celebrations, K'gari was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as a "Natural attraction".In 2020, bushfires burned over half of the island's bushland.On 19 September 2021, the name of the island was officially changed from Fraser Island to the traditional Aboriginal name of K'gari. Wikipedia

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