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  • Address: Great Sandy National Park
The rainbow layers of sand that make up The Pinnacles are a spectacular site on the east coast of Fraser Island. They are one of the reasons why Fraser Island has UNESCO World Heritage listing.

Over the last 2 million years sand has been blowing onto the island and formed fascinating geological sites such as the “perched” lakes, the remarkable dunes and these colorful cliffs. The cliffs change in color throughout the day and are particularly startling early morning and sunset when the reds become beautifully vibrant. The Pinnacles get their color from the iron compounds in the silica sands that are blown across the island.

The traditional owners of the land tell a story about a wife running away with the rainbow man and her hunter husband deciding to kill her with a boomerang. He throws the boomerang but the rainbow man stands in front of the woman to protect her, the boomerang hits the rainbow man and he shatters into a million pieces that cover the dunes and become the Pinnacles.

Practical Info

This remarkable geological spectacle of the Pinnacles, also known as the Cathedrals, is just north of Rainbow Gorge along the east coast beach, it is accessible by 4WD or on foot.

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2-Day Fraser Island Tour from Hervey Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Soak up the incredible natural beauty of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. You’ll walk scenic trails at Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley, and ...  Read more

Location: Fraser Island, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $291.56

Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Hervey Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Spend an incredible day exploring the natural beauty of Fraser Island, seeing highlights such as Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, ...  Read more

Location: Fraser Island, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.95

2-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach

Discover the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, on a two-day tour by 4WD from Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, or from ...  Read more

Location: Noosa, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $320.24

3-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

Spend several days exploring the natural wonders of Fraser Island with an expert guide, including a visit to Cooloola Recreation Area on the way. Enjoy guided ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $381.42

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