K’gari translates as “paradise” by the traditional owners of the land, the Butchulla people and is the world’s largest sand island. It is an area of remarkable natural beauty and a wonder of diverse landscapes and unique wildlife experiences that was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1992 to recognise its internationally significant natural features.
Those include evolving dune, lake, soil and forest systems, the extent and age of which are outstanding examples of ongoing geological and biological processes, and unique landscapes, which are examples of superlative natural occurrences.
Growing on seemingly infertile sands are a great variety of plant communities ranging from coastal heath, mangrove forests and swamps to subtropical rainforest.
The many archaeological remains found on K’gari record thousands of years of culture and tradition and provide important links to their past for the Butchulla people.
The island is 123km long and covers an area of 166,038ha, so you need to allow plenty of time to explore and appreciate it.
Located just 360km north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, K’gari is just a short 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland at Hervey Bay. It is home to ancient sand dunes and long stretches of beautiful beaches boasting crystal clear freshwater lakes and creeks, lush rainforests and an abundance of native flora and fauna to explore.
Some ‘must see’ places include Lake Boomanjin, Central Station, Boorangoora (also known as Lake McKenzie), Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, Kingfisher Bay, Lake Allom, the Wungul Sandblow, Waddy Point headland, the Binngih Sandblow and Ocean Lake.
The area offers camping, cabin and resort-style accommodation to suit all types of holiday makers. Eco-adventures on the island include cruises discovering the untouched beauty of the remote western side, a 90km Great Walk adventure and guided or self-drive tours.
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