Fraser Island's History

Events

Exploration of the Island

1802

Matthew Flinders the east coast, looking for a day to collect water and wood.

Aboriginal settlement was disrupted by Europeans

1840 - 1849

Aboriginal settlement was disrupted by European settlement.

Fraser's values were noted

1842

Good pastoral lands and forests were reported by explore Andrew Petrie. Settlers arrived.

Logging began

1863

Tourist potential of the island is recognised

1930 - 1939

Small scale mining for heavy minerals began

1949

Sandmining exploration increased

1960 - 1969

Sandmining stops with the efforts of conversationalists

1967

Fraser becomes known as tourist destination

1970 - 1979

Northern part of the island becomes a national park

1971

Island's World Heritage listing raises international profit

1992

Today

Present day

Today's challenge is to balance conservation of the natural and cultural values whilst still meeting the demands of the tourists who come to visit.