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K'gari History

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K’Gari (pronounced Gurri) for thousands of years until 1770 - Source Butchalla – The island that we know to be Fraser Island was originally known as K’gari, which is its traditional name and means paradise.

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The “Z” Force site is located 1.6kms south of Kingfisher Bay Resort or just north of McKenzies Jetty on the western shores of Fraser Island. Fraser Island was chosen because of its seclusion, and the terrain was perfect for a variety of difficult training needs.

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As K'gari is up in flames, it’s worth considering the island’s long-winded history with fire and the Traditional Custodians’ ecological use of fire. Here is a brief history on the fire regime of Traditional Custodians, when it stopped, how the landscape changed and how it has led to more infrequent and damaging fires. 

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K’gari (meaning paradise) home to the Traditional Owners, has been a special place in the culture the Butchulla People for well over 5,000 years.

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K'gari, previously known as Fraser Island off the southeastern coast of Australia has been through many name changes throughout history. But where did the name "Fraser Island" come from?

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