Outdoor Education is the best way to learn about the beauty in nature. There is a school near us who arrange 3 days of outdoor education for 50-60 year 11 students in two 3 day Marine biology trips.
They are taken to Fraser Island in 4WDs to explore the pristine waters of this the largest of the worlds sand Island.
Fraser Island has at least 40 lakes including half of the world’s perched dune lakes. Lake Boomanjin, the largest perched lake in the world, and is one of the island’s most picturesque. These freshwater lakes are of immense environmental, cultural and recreational value.
Other popular lakes on the island are Lake Wabby and Lake Birrabeen, and most popular of all Lake McKenzie.
A research study of the lakes, found that maybe the current level of tourists to the parched lakes, will have a long term effect on the ecological health of these systems.
What do we do ?
- Do we stop visitors to the lakes?
- Do we stop visitors using sunscreen?
Without tourist access to these lakes the tourist economy in this area will be non existent. Most people who visit this area, have heard about Fraser Island, its lakes and its natural beauty, and that is what they come to see.
Visiting the island and driving along the beach you will come across the wreck of the SS Maheno.
In 1935 this ship was being towed from Melbourne to Japan for scrap metal when it was caught in a strong cyclone. A few days later, on July 9, 1935 She drifted ashore and was beached on the eastern shores of Fraser Island.
During the Second World War the Maheno served as target bombing practice for the RAAF.
There is still so much on this Island for any outdoor education experience.
Each time I visit this beautiful place I see something different. On this sand island even the size of the beaches can change with sand been taken away by higher than normal tides the movement of the sea changing the contour for short periods of time.
Not long ago June 2011 the area of Inskip Point had a huge sink hole appear, according to witnesses, it started as a small hole on the beach but, as the sand kept collapsing, it soon to 30 meters in diameter and showed no sign of stopping.
It disrupted the ferries taking visitors to Fraser Island for that weekend. Fortunately, the sinkhole stopped, with the ocean already returning Inskip beach to normal.
That showed us is just how quickly nature can take away the beach and then start returning them to back to normal.
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