Fraser Island, Australia
In a country with continental dimensions like Australia, for a natural attraction to stand out it’s necessary to have extraordinary beauty and be well preserved, as well as Fraser island. Apart from mainland by only 10 minutes in a ferry in the Queensland state, Australia’s east coast, this is the world’s largest sand island, with 123 km (76.4 mi) in length and 1,660 km² (641 mi²) that has been shaped in the last two million years by the accumulation of sand brought by the winds, waves and tides. But it is a mistake to think that you will only find arid landscapes, since on the island there are tropical forests with huge trees, some more than 100 meters (328 feet) high, always growing in sandy soil and creating an impressive visual.
In addition to forests cut by narrow sandy roads where only 4wd cars can use, the island has several freshwater lakes, such as McKenzie, which is the most beautiful and visited. However, anyone who wants more privacy just needs to choose any other lake with access only by walking trails to have their own “private” lake.
Another Fraser island attraction, more obvious for being in the coast, is the long beach facing the open sea, crossed by cars with tourists from all around the world in search of landscapes like dunes, lookouts, crystal-clear sea and also by the unusual Maheno shipwreck, a ship that ran aground in 1935 during a cyclone and that is gradually falling apart, flogged by the action of the winds and the sea.
For its unique ecosystem, in 1992 UNESCO declared Fraser Island as a World Heritage Site, spreading to the world its beauties and, consequently, attracting many tourists to the ancient habitat of the dingo, the Australian wild dog that, even though it seems to be meek, can attack if it feel trapped or looking for food.