Great Sandy Soils

Fraser Island and the adjoining Cooloola sandmass (covering a total of approximately 200,000 hectares) consist almost entirely of quartz sands that have accumulated during episodic periods of dune building in the Quaternary.  At least eight dune systems have been identified at Cooloola and nine systems at Fraser Island marking separate episodes of deposition above sea Continue reading


Proposed Feasibility Study for a Fraser Island Light Rail

Proposed Feasibility Study for a Fraser Island Light Rail between Kingfisher and Eurong Resorts with stops at Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora) and Central Station 1st October 2015 Throughout its 44-year history FIDO has always operated on a shoe-string and we don’t intend to abandon our thrift ethic as a result of a very generous bequest made Continue reading


Kleinhardt Study

Tourism & Recreation Values of the Daintree and Fraser Island March 2002 Download the full report here  (1.4mb) Economic Assessment – Daintree & Fraser Island Undertook and analysis to determine the value of the Daintree Rainforest and Fraser Island to the Queensland State economy, for the Australian Rainforest Foundation. Daintree & Fraser Island, Australia High level Continue reading


Background Information on Great Sandy Biosphere

What is a Biosphere? Biosphere reserves are sites recognised under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program that innovate and demonstrate approaches to conservation and sustainable development. They serve as ‘living laboratories’ for testing and demonstrating integrated management of land, water and biodiversity. The program was launched in 1971. They are endorsed by national governments based on a submission Continue reading


Fighting Ferals on Fraser Island

Because it has been isolated from the mainland for the whole modern era (since European settlement) and because it was not subject to agricultural exploitation, Fraser Island escaped many invaders which have taken a heavy toll on the biodiversity of the mainland. There are relatively few weeds, no feral pigs, foxes and rabbits, but there Continue reading