Fraser Island (1992)
Back to indexFraser Island lies just off the east coast of Australia. At 122 km long, it is the largest sand island in the world. Majestic remnants of tall rainforest growing on sand and half the world's perched freshwater dune lakes are found inland from the beach. The combination of shifting sand-dunes, tropical rainforests and lakes makes it an exceptional site.
Australia's only beast of prey, the Dingo, lives on the Island. The Dingo living on Fraser Island us the most thoroughbred, because domestic animals, the dog included are forbidden on the island. For scientific reasons all male dingoes are earmarked in their left ear, whilst the females are earmarked in their right ear. The flock's dominant male will carry his tail upright, and the less dominant male members of the flock between their hind legs. It is forbidden for tourists to feed the dingoes, because with time they will turn aggressive and assault anyone who are near by.
Horses were imported to the island for breeding purposes during the 19th century, in order to supply the British Troops in India, but some of these horses escaped from the stud farms, and reversed to wild horses. When Fraser Island in 1990 became a national park (under the name of Great Sandy National Park), it was at the same time decided to remove such animals that didn't belong naturally to the island, simply because the horses destroyed the vegetation. Today both domestic as well as pet animals are prohibited on the island, that has some 350 inhabitants.
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Revised 01 jul 2007