THE historical Maheno on Fraser Island is crumbling above the sand and to protect the wreck and visitors it is important to follow the regulations in place. 

When I was on Fraser Island for a four wheel drive trip over the weekend I noticed people getting close to the wreck and some were even climbing sections of it. 

Wreck of the Maheno 1992. Photo submitted by Joan Bridge
Wreck of the Maheno 1992. Photo submitted by Joan Bridge

It sparked my interest about exactly why the regulations are in place. 

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson said due to the Maheno's historical value and the deteriorating condition of the shipwreck, access onto the wreck or within three metres of any part of the wreck is prohibited.

 

The DANGER sign at the front of the Maheno warning visitors to stay off the wreck.
The DANGER sign at the front of the Maheno warning visitors to stay off the wreck. Courtney Becht

 

The signs on the beach clearly state this and it's to protect the wreck and visitors. 

 

Fraser Island Maheno Shipwreck
Fraser Island Maheno Shipwreck daz78

 

Serious injury or death may result from walking on or around the wreck. 

QPWS told me much of the wreck is buried under the sand - and people have been known to cut their feet on sharp, rusty steel.

Signs have been installed at the site to warn people from going near the wreck or onto it, and information is available on the QPWS website and in brochures.

For an example of the sign visit: https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/pdf/maheno-access-prohibited.

Have you noticed anyone climbing on the wreck? Join the discussion and tell us below. 



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