One Of The Only Places On Earth Where Rainforest Grows In Sand At Elevations Of 200m
Imagine towering pines, rainforest trees with three metre girths, rare and ancient giant ferns, eucalypt forests with their characteristic pendulous leaves,lemon-scented swamp vegetation and dwarfed heathland shrubs covered in a profusion of flowers.
Now imagine them all growing on an island of sand.
Two of Fraser Island's unique features are its diversity of vegetation and its ability to sustain this vegetation in sand, a soil that is notoriously low in nutrients essential to plant growth. Plants growing on the dunes can obtain their nutrients (other than nitrogen) from only two sources - rain and sand.