Fraser Island Vegetation
Wathumba Creek Mangroves - this area is one of Fraser's most impressive estuarine environments with a third of all Australian mangrove species found within this region alone, including the grey (Avicennia marina), yellow (Ceriops tegal) and red (Rhizophora stylosa).
Swamp near Moon Point - this region supports a variety of forest types. Typically, forest red gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis), swamp box (Lophostemon suaveolens), red bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera) and paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) trees dot these desert-like heathland areas.
Banksia and Low Forest (Wathumba track) - the banksia and low forest areas offer mostly wallum banksia (Banksia aemula) and Baeckea stenophylla. Underneath these shrubs is an array of sedges and emerging shrubs that will forever try to change this heathland into a taller, more prominent shrub land or low forest.
Waddy Point - The forest behind the Waddy Point headland contains fine examples of beautifully-detailed scribbly gum (Eucalyptus racemosa) and red bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera). Evidence of fire activity is provided by blackened trunks and by the prominence of the under storey bracken fern (Pteridium esculentum).
Allom Lake - is one of Fraser's hidden treasures, inhabited by turtles and frequented by frogs. This perched or dune lake is surrounded by remnant hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) forest. Allom is encircled by strips of paperbarks, sedges, sundews and bladderworts.
Pile Valley - displays some of the most accessible and magnificent satinay (Syncarpia hillii) and brush box (Lophostemon confertus) forest on the island. These are the dominant species along with piccabeen palms, cherry satinash and blush satinash. They reach heights of over 40 metres.
Yidney Scrub - is a wonderful example of the rainforest found on the island. Dominant trees, such as crab apple (Schizomeria ovata); blue quandong (Elaeocarpus grandis); blush coondoo (Planchonella queenslandica); and pink poplar (Euroschinus falcata), form the tallest of all forest canopies on the island, reaching peaks of up to 60m.
Basin Lake - nestled among a tall open forest of satinay (Syncarpia hillii),
blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis), smooth-barked apple (Angophora leiocarpa) and scribbly gum (Eucalyptus racemosa), is home to an outgoing turtle population!
Valley of the Giants - This majestic but secluded valley displays some of the most ancient trees to be found anywhere on Fraser Island. The satinay (Syncarpia hillii) and brush box (Lephostemon confertus) forest here contains trees more than 1200 years old and greater than four metres across the trunk. All growing in sand!
Wanggoolba Creek - Rainforest-clad Wanggoolba Creek is home to the magnificent giant king fern (Angiopteris evecta). You'll see excellent examples of kauri pine (Agathis robusta), brush box (Lophostemon confertus), Fraser Island satinay (Syncarpia hillii) and piccabeen palms (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana).