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Fraser Coast Information Centre
Fraser Island continues to be a culturally significant place for the traditional Butchulla (pronounced Badt-jala) people. Dreamtime stories tell of Yindingie's transformation into the island, with it's mirrored lakes enabling a heavenly messenger to see into the heavens. However it was the Island's food sources that prompted the Butchulla to name it K'Gari, meaning paradise. While Fraser Island was a destination of feasting, it has an intricate history of the Butchulla people that is evidenced today in archaeological sites across the island. Evidence of the Butchulla people indicates that their history on the island is more than 5,000 years old, however large tribes of Butchulla have stopped living on the island since 1904.
Captain Cook sailed the Fraser Coast in 1770, however the honour of first discovery fell to Matthew Flinders in 1799. Since then the island has seen a varied European history including grazing and logging on the island by the early pioneers and the Z Special Unit using the island as a training base during World War 2.
Fraser Island has been a special place for visitors for decades. With a tourism industry starting from humble beginnings the island today provides environmentally friendly products and services by world class operators and is at the top of everyone's bucket list.