Indian Head (Fraser Island)

Indian Head is a coastal headland on the eastern (ocean) side of Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia.[1] The landmark is the most easterly point on the island and a popular tourist destination.[2] Indian Head is located at one end of Seventy Five Mile Beach.

The headland was named by Captain Cook when he passed it on the evening of 19 May 1770, for the aboriginal people he saw assembled there.[3] The term "Indian" was used at that time for the native people of many lands.

The outcrop consists of rhyolite that was originally created by volcanic activity about 50 to 80 million years ago.[2]

Camping around the headland is not permitted. Climbing Indian Head provides 360° views as well as good wildlife spotting opportunities, Such as mantarays, sharks and whales.[2]

References

  1. "Indian Head". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. Hinchliffe, David; Julie Hinchliffe (2006). Explore Fraser Island. Robe, South Australia: Great Sandy Publications. pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-9758190-0-3.


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