A National Geographic photo taken on Fraser Island by Peter Essick, one of a stunning collection in the magazine’s current edition special on the iconic sand island.
A National Geographic photo taken on Fraser Island by Peter Essick, one of a stunning collection in the magazine’s current edition special on the iconic sand island.

NG article a coup for region

NATIONAL Geographic, one of the world’s most respected magazines, has devoted five pages of its current issue to Fraser Island, a multi-million dollar coup for the region.

Tourism Queensland’s US office is reported to have valued the publicity at almost $US4 million.

Journalist Roff Smith, who has adopted Australia as his country and photographer Peter Essick, who specialises in nature and environmental photography, visited Fraser Island in March last year and stayed at Kingfisher Bay resort.

The result is a sweeping story and stunning photographic display that covers the mythical creation of Fraser by the Butchulla people, who called the island k’gari, meaning paradise, and the arrival of the first Europeans up to modern times.

“Today paradise goes by the name of Fraser Island, renamed by newcomers after a Scottish sea captain and his wife were famously marooned here among the Aborigines in 1836,” Smith writes.

“But by any name or reckoning, it remains a place apart, with an uncanny ability to weave itself into the dreams of all who draw near.”

He writes that “the greatest wonder of all, perhaps, is that most everything here grows on nothing more substantial than sand held in place by humble fungi. No dreamscape could be woven of slenderer thread.”



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