Saturday, September 22, 2012
Looking towards Fraser Island from Hervey Bay
where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over
200 metres. The island is 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its
widest point. It is the largest sand island in the world.
The island can be seen from the beach at Hervey Bay and there is a barge
travelling from nearby River Heads. It is very popular for four wheel
driving and Seventy Five Mile Beach on the island is actually a highway.
Air Fraser planes making joy flights also shares the highway. Fishing is
also another popular activity. There are resorts and limited camping on the
Although we were interested in visiting the island we made the decision to
wait for another time. So we just saw the island from a distance.
Anne and Geoff live in the suburb of Urangan in Hervey Bay where there is a
very famous historic pier. It was a former deep-water cargo handling
facility built to facilitate the export of sugar, timber and coal. It was
built between 1913 and 1917 and was originally 1107 metres in length. The
pier was closed in 1985 and a section of about 240 metres was demolished.
The balance of the pier has now been fully restored.