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Fraser Island is located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Stretching 120 kilometers in length and approximately 24 kilometers at its widest point, it is considered to be the largest sand island in the world.

The island is of exceptional natural beauty with rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. The region has over 250 kilometers of clear sandy beaches with long, uninterrupted sweeps of ocean beach, including more than 40 kilometers of strikingly colored sand cliffs, as well as spectacular blowouts. Inland from the beach are majestic remnants of tall rainforest growing on tall sand dunes, a phenomenon believed to be unique in the world. Half of the world’s perched freshwater dune lakes occur on the island, producing a spectacular and varied landscape. The world’s largest unconfined aquifer on a sand island has also been found here.

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