Friday, May 18, 2012

Fraser Island - Australia

This card from Fraser Island, Australia, is also a result of a trade in the postcrossing official site. Penny wanted a card from my city and in return she sent me this card of the Fraser Island.
 Fraser Island is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992.The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km². - in: wikipedia

 The card shows:
* Lake McKenzie, a popular tourist area which is located inland from the small town of Eurong. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level. Lake McKenzie has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica;
* Wanggoolba Creek, a fresh water creek. Wanggoolba Creek at Central Station is a popular tourist destination due to the crystal clear waters flowing over white sand through a rainforest valley;
* Pandanus palms at sunrise;
* Maheno shipwreck, built in 1905 in Scotland as a luxury passenger ship for trans-Tasman crossings. During the First World War the ship served as a hospital ship in the English Channel, before returning to a luxury liner. In 1935, the ship was declared outdated and on 25 June 1935 the ship was being towed from Melbourne when it was caught in a strong cyclone. A few days later, on 9 July 1935 she drifted ashore and was beached on Fraser Island. During the Second World War the Maheno served as target bombing practice for the RAAF and was used as an explosives demolition target by special forces from the Fraser Commando School. The ship has since become severely rusted, with almost three and a half storeys buried under the sand. Climbing on the shipwreck is not permitted;
* Dingo, a local inhabitant. Dingoes were once common on the island, but are now decreasing. The Fraser Island dingoes are reputedly some of the last remaining pure dingoes in Eastern Australia and to prevent cross-breeding, dogs are not allowed on the island. According to DNA-examinations from the year 2004, the dingoes on Fraser Island are "pure". - in: wikipedia

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