K’gari, (Fraser Island) is the (is)land of the Butchulla people and is one entirely of sand. It is the world’s largest. The ancient western side has calm waters and sinking sand, consisting of dunes over 700,000 years old with low growing heaths, sheltered tidal mud flats and mixed forest and woodland. HUGE ancient rainforests exist in sheltered valleys thriving on middle aged central dunes reaching over 50 meters tall. The wild East of the island is the ‘new’ side with SE prevailing winds bringing sand up the east coast of Australia (all the way from Antarctica), constantly forming and re-shaping the coast creating sand blows and sideways growing banksias. Pioneer plants are the start of all this diversity, taking hold on the newly formed dunes, providing a foothold for larger more diverse habitations to begin. With a transient population and sub-tropical climate, how does one design for the unfamiliar guest on a sand island? Kingfisher Bay Resort holds answers.
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Drifting dunes, limited transport and a world heritage area CLICK ON THE IMAGE to see our Fraser Exhibition.
• Traditional Owners = Butchulla People
• South Eastern QLD biogeographic region
• Mean annual temps; H - 25.9 Low - 18.8
• Mean annual rainfall; 1267mm
• Population; 182 148,00
• Elevation 21 m (Indian head)
• The Kingfisher Bay resort was built with mostly timbers from the island, any plants on site were Transplanted to a nursery created on the island
• Piles & raised timber walkways protect dunal systems
• It took us 6 hours to go 15kms through the sand
• All garbage is removed from the island, on island sewage worm farm
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