Fraser Island (K’Gari, Gari) is the largest sand island in the world and a heritage-listed island located along the southeastern coast of the state of Queensland, Australia. It is also the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres.
Historically, Fraser Island has been inhabited by humans for as much as 5,000 years. Explorer James Cook landed near the most northern point of the island in 1802. For a short period the island was known as Great Sandy Island. The island became known as Fraser due to the stories of a shipwreck survivor named Eliza Fraser.
The island is now a popular tourism destination. Its resident human population was 194 at the 2011 Australian Census.
Hervey Bay is a bay and a city in the Fraser Coast Region of Queensland and has often been called the jewel in Queensland’s crown. With an estimated urban population of 52,288 the local economy relies on tourism which is based primarily around whale watching. It is also referred to as the Whale Watch Capital of the World.
Maryborough had an estimated urban population of 27,846 and founded in 1847. It was proclaimed a municipality in 1861, and became a city in 1905. Once one of Australia’s largest ports, and now voted one of Queensland’s “Must Do” experiences, the original wharf district is now home to vintage restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries. Maryborough is also the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins.
Maryborough is known as the ‘Heritage City’ driven by the surrounding sugar, grazing and timber industries and catering for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who pass through on the journey north to Cairns.
Prayer Points coming out of Maryborough: pray for unity amongst churches and in the Fraser Coast Council, and that Council will make God honouring decisions. There was also a big article in the paper recently noting that homelessness is soaring on the Fraser Coast.