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Part A - Great Sandy National Park

Part A - Great Sandy National Park
 
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
 

 - Day 1 - Peeling back the sands of time

 - Day 2 - From lighthouse to rainforest

 - Day 3 - Mists of the ancient sandhills

 - Day 4 - Windblown into the everglades

 - Day 5 - Sandblows and distant views

 - Day 6 - Hazy beach highway

 
 
 
 

A STRONG ocean current flows along Australia's east coast. It carries the sand washed down from the sandstone and granite mountains of the Great Dividing Range. Much of this sand is deposited as islands along the South East Queensland Coast.

The Great Sandy National Park is one of these "islands", although unlike the other islands, it is connected as part of the mainland by a large swamp along its length. The deposited sand has been blown inland by prevailing south easterly winds into long dunes stabilised by forest and heathland. The oldest of these dunes is around 750,000 years old, having survived intact with rising and falling sea levels over several ice age cycles.

A walkway follows the length of these spectacular sand hills stretching southward from Double Island Point to the lower Noosa River. The first 106 kilometre leg of my journey mostly follows this trail.

 
 
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15 July - 25 August

 

SE Queensland Coast

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