FIDO CEO John Sinclair (centre) and Eurong Resort manager David Farrelly (right) open Eurong's new nature walk to help island visitors get a better understanding of soils. Photo Contributed / Fraser Coast Chronicle
FIDO CEO John Sinclair (centre) and Eurong Resort manager David Farrelly (right) open Eurong's new nature walk to help island visitors get a better understanding of soils. Photo Contributed / Fraser Coast Chronicle Contributed

New walk through valley shows how Fraser Island evolved

A NEW walk where visitors can see the evolution of Fraser Island has been built at the island's most popular location.

In the past week volunteers from the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation worked to establish a 450m walk through the dune system at Eurong.

FIDO president John Sinclair said the new walk would help people appreciate why Fraser Island was so unique.

He said the walk showed the three stages of a sand blow between the valleys of Eurong Resort and residential homes.

The start of the walk shows whole Melaleuca trees but as you continue the track the trees begin to disappear underneath 15 metres of sand.

"You can see Melaleucas that have been immersed up to their neck in sand by a sand blow possibly thousands of years before," Mr Sinclair said.

"At the top you can actually see just the tops of Melaleucas that are still being buried with just the tips of their tops emerging from the sand dunes.

Mr Sinclair said the walk would take 10 to 20 minutes and was safe for children because it was inside the dingo fence.

"This is a microcosm on how of Fraser Island evolved - you can see it all taking place in a miniature area," he said.

"It's for anyone who wants to understand why Fraser Island is the world's greatest sand mass."

To interpret the natural values and the landscape, the FIDO volunteers installed 32 interpretive signs.

The walk was one of four projects the nine volunteers worked on last week.

They added capacity to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife plant nursery at Eurong, completed landscaping around the Eurong Resort and worked to eliminate weeds.

 

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