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K’gari (Fraser Island) CLOSED to all visitors due to COVID-19

Currently applies until 31 May 2020

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing and essential travel requirements, travel to K’gari (Fraser Island) is restricted to island community residents, resort caretakers, island businesses and those providing essential services until further notice. This is a necessary precaution to safeguard the health and safety of the local community.


Essential Services within the Great Sandy Area K’gari (Fraser Island) National Park

Unless you’ve been in outer space or 20,000 leagues under the sea, COVID-19 has affected everyone including the day to day work of all Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service & Partnerships (QPWS&P) personnel, from the city to the regional offices and remote areas of K’gari. As isolation measures continued around the country, the QPWS&P offices, campgrounds and day-use areas have been closed for public safety against this deadly and economically devastating virus.


USC Student Assisting FINIA

USC Technology and Innovation in Tourism, Leisure and Events student, Beau Ivey is currently working on a FINIA-nominated ‘industry’ project to help us re-design our barge video. 


Great Sandy Marine Park Zoning Plan Opportunities

After 12 years, the Great Sandy Marine Park Zoning Plan is finally being reviewed.


What to do if you get stung by an Irukandji?

Recently it was confirmed that an Irukandji jellyfish has been found off the west coast of K’gari. There have also been other suspected stings further down the coast. People visiting this area and across the broader marine environment should be extra vigilant about their personal safety. This extra care is particularly important for those operating vessels, diving or snorkelling. (more…)

Helping to Build the GSS Research Fund

As part of its fundraising efforts to build the Research Fund, FIDO is offering a series of Cruises in the Strait to enable people to have a personal experience of Great Sandy Strait.  (more…)

Saving Great Sandy Strait

Great Sandy Strait is already listed as a Ramsar Wetland of International Significance, but along with Cooloola, it is has been nominated for inclusion on Australia’s National Heritage list as well as the World Heritage Tentative List.  Great Sandy Strait and its natural integrity are vitally important to Fraser Island.  There is now a groundswell of public concern over the future of Great Sandy Strait if the proposed Colton coal mine proceeds, as it currently has approval to do.   (more…)

World Heritage Lessons from Overseas: Sri Lanka

One of the exciting things about travelling, is the opportunity to visit the ‘best of the best’ – World Heritage properties, overseas.  I was privileged to spend two weeks in Sri Lanka last month and visited a number of world heritage and other sites representing both natural and cultural heritage.

So, what were the key lessons that could be applied to an Australian model? (more…)

Ships Ahoy! Research to Focus on Cruise Tourism

Cruise tourism has witnessed unprecedented growth rates amidst greater interest in terms of new destinations and ships with an impressive array of features. There is some agreement within industry that the sector is likely to continue its growth trajectory given that many cruise tourists are sold to the idea of all-inclusive and value-based pricing strategies employed by many operators. (more…)