vrijdag 27 februari 2009

Fraser Island

The last day of our trip we spent on a 1 day tour of Fraser Island. The Island is Queensland's equivalent to the dutch islands like Texel, Schiermonnikoog, etc but then on a grander scale. The Island is 124km long and 24km wide at its widest and is covered with forest and crystal clear perched lakes. The Island is composed 99% of sand and was when it was discovered called the great sandy island. It is the largest sand island in the world and is said to have more sand than the Sahara Desert. It is also the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. It is home to the purest population of dingos, the australian wild dog sadly only 50 left but we were lucky enough to spot one chewing on a coconut, they have been largely wiped out in recent years as they killed a toddler a few years back which sent the wildlife service into a killing spree. There are quite a few lakes where you can swim and paddle and beautiful cool clear streams o walk along/in. The photo of our bus and german tour guide(!) with the thickest german accent we have ever heard, still he was good though and quite informative of life on the island, local issues, etc.

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