Published: September 2010

Sands of Time

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Aboriginal gods wanted a paradise on Earth. So they created Fraser Island.

By Roff Smith
Photograph by Peter Essick

It wasn't enough simply to create the world; the Aboriginal god Beeral wanted it to be beautiful as well. And so he sent two trusted messengers, Yindingie and his spirit helper K'gari, to render the raw material of creation into a paradise. They did such a splendid job that by the time they were finished, K'gari longed to stay in this wonderful place forever. She lay down in the warm waters of a particularly beautiful bay, and there she went to sleep.

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