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Fraser Island World Heritage natural criteria

Key finding

Fraser Island meets three World Heritage natural criteria: natural phenomena and exceptional natural beauty; representing major stages of earth's history; and significant ongoing ecological and biological processes.

Fraser Island (information applies statewide, map locations are for reference only)

Fraser Island, also known by its Aboriginal name of K’gari, lies along the eastern coast of Australia. The property covers 181,851 hectares and includes all of Fraser Island and several small islands off the island's west coast. It is the world’s largest sand island, offering an outstanding example of ongoing biological, hydrological and geomorphological processes. The development of rainforest vegetation on coastal dune systems at the scale found on Fraser Island is unique, and the island boasts the world’s largest unconfined aquifer on a sand island and half of the world’s perched freshwater dune lakes.

Fraser Island has exceptional natural beauty with over 250 kilometres of clear sandy beaches with long, uninterrupted sweeps of ocean beach, strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and spectacular blowouts.

Fraser Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992.

More information:

Indicator: Area reflects the scope and breadth of World Heritage natural criteria

Fraser Island World Heritage natural criteria identified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Heritage Convention.

Fraser Island World Heritage natural criteria

World Heritage natural criteria Criteria summary

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Last updated 12 February 2020