K’GARI IS THE LARGEST SAND ISLAND IN THE WORLD.
It has over 250km of clear sandy beaches with long, uninterrupted sweeps of ocean beach, 40km of strikingly coloured sand cliffs, half the world’s perched dune lakes, and the world’s largest unconfined aquifer on a sand island.
The island’s immense sand dunes are part of the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world – and are still evolving.
K’gari is the only place in the world where tall rainforests, up to 50m high, are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200m.
The Butchulla people, the Traditional Owners of Fraser Island, named the island after Princess K’gari, a beautiful white spirit who helped Yindinjie to make Butchulla Country. Princess K’gari found Butchulla Country to be so beautiful that she pleaded with Yindinjie to let her stay and was transformed into the island.
This unique site was inscribed on the UN World Heritage register in 1992 in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty and the island’s globally significant ongoing geological and biological processes.
FINIA is a community-based partnership dedicated to the protection of the K’gari (Fraser Island) World Heritage Area’s natural integrity, ecological assets and unique beauty through collaborative management, community education and targeted rehabilitation works.
Volunteering with FINIA offers a unique opportunity to help protect this internationally significant place.
The FINIA website was initiated by the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation, through funding from the Australian Government.