The Cathedral Coloured Sands
There’s no doubt that Fraser Island is still one of the most bucket list worthy destinations on Australia’s East Coast. There are so many natural wonders lining the world’s largest sand island including Lake Mckenzie, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek and of course, the unique and wondrous coloured sands.
Located on Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach and around 20km south of Indian Has Lookout, the Pinnacles, also known as the Coloured Sands, are an absolute must see. The towering sandy cliffs showcase 72 different colours - from reds, yellows, oranges and browns. The colours and cathedral shaped cliffs are a result of thousands of years of erosion. The sand in the cliff faces have been moulded by clay and are displayed in coloured bands, each different colour resembling a different moment in time.
The Pinnacles are a sacred site to the original inhabitants - the Butchulla people. It is believed that the Pinnacles are a site of good luck and fortune for the Butchulla women. The Butchulla people believe that the coloured sands were formed long ago as a result of a tragic love story. A young woman by the name of Wuru was asked to wed an older man, known as Winter. Wuru however fell in love with the Rainbow Serpent and would visit the Pinnacles every day to see him. One day, Winyer spotted Wuru on the beach with the Rainbow Serpent and in anger, threw his boomerang at his wife to be. To protect Wuru, the Serpent dove in front of the Boomerang and as a result, shattered into thousands of heart broken pieces that fell upon the Pinnacles - creating the coloured sands.
Today the coloured sands change colour as the sun moves across the sky. One of the best times of the day to take a photo at the site is in the early morning as the sun rises over the Pinnacles. The combination of iron rich clay and sand, along with wind and water, has resulted in a spectacular site well worth seeing! An absolute must do on Fraser Island.