THE PINNACLES PILE VALLEY RAINFOREST
This historic centre of Fraser Island is home to soaring satinay trees, kauri pines and a range of remarkable rainforest plants. The satinays were once logged for their hardiness, used to rebuild the London Docks after WWII. Today, this enchanting environment is now protected – one of the first rainforest areas in Queensland to be recognised under the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative, to conserve the Forests of K’gari.
Located along the eastern beach, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands comprise over seventytwo shades of red, yellow, and orange - stained due to the iron-rich minerals within the sand and clay. These rugged formations loom high above the coastline, with the layers said to have formed over many years, due to wind and rain exposing the cliff’s core. TRAVEL TIP – A spectacular time to visit is in the early morning, as the sun rises, hitting the cliff’s surface.
MAHENO SHIPWRECK Built in Scotland in 1905, the SS Maheno was once a well-known TransTasman liner, later commissioned as a hospital ship during the First World War. The Maheno was bound for Japanese scrap metal when it was run aground by a cyclone in July 1935. This historic hull is now an iconic landmark along 75 Mile Beach, with its rustic ruins a must-see for many.