Fraser Island is the biggest island off Australia’s east coast and is also the largest sand island in the world. It stretches for 123 kilometres and is 22 kilometres at its widest point. The island’s fame is due to its giant sand dunes (some reaching as high as 230 metres), coloured sand cliffs and 40 fresh-water lakes rimmed by white-sand beaches. There is excellent kayaking along the west coast, which is sheltered from the ocean swells. You can kayak close to the shore all the way from Tin Can Bay or Rainbow Beach to the tip of Sandy Cape, where a massive sand spit extends out to sea. Keep a lookout for turtles that breed on the beaches in summer, and whales in Platypus Bay in the spring months.
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