The World's Largest Sand Island - Fraser Island Qld
Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island. A giant sandmass 123 km long and 25 km at its widest point. It was World Heritage-listed in 1992. Under the provisions of the World Heritage Convention, all of Fraser Island was given World Heritage status because it satisfied the following three selection criteria:
Superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.
The island includes over 250 km of sandy beaches with long uninterrupted sweeps of ocean beach, more than 40 km of strikingly coloured sand cliffs, as well as spectacular dune blowouts, tall rainforests on sand, dune lakes and a mosaic of landscapes.
Outstanding examples which represent major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant ongoing geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features.
Fraser Island has still-evolving, complex coastal dune formations and an array of dunes and dune lakes, exceptional in number, diversity and age. These features provide evidence of dynamic and developmental stages in soil development, plant succession and retrogression.
Outstanding examples representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.
This includes rainforest growing on tall sand dunes, species of flora and fauna adapted to nutrients.
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