Great Sandy Strait

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Great Sandy Strait

  • Country: 
    Australia
  • Site number: 
    992
  • Area: 
    93,160 ha
  • Designation date: 
    14-06-1999
  • Coordinates: 
    25°28'S 152°54'E
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Overview

Great Sandy Strait (including Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay, and Tin Can Inlet). 14/06/99; Queensland; 93,160 ha; 25°28'S 152°54'E. Adjoins the Fraser Island World Heritage site. A sand passage estuary between the mainland and sandy Fraser Island. The largest area of tidal swamps within the Southeast Queensland bioregion of Australia, consisting of intertidal sand and mud flats, extended seagrass beds, mangrove forests, saltflats, and saltmarshes, and often contiguous with freshwater Melaleuca wetlands and coastal wallum swamps. An exceptionally important feeding ground for migratory shorebirds and important for a wide range of other waterbirds and seabirds, marine fish, crustaceans, oysters, dugong, sea turtles, and dolphins. Evidence of Aboriginal presence dates back 5500 years, and indigenous fishing is still a major activity. Ramsar site no. 992. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

Administrative region: 
Queensland

  • Global international designation: 
    • World Heritage site
  • National legal designation: 
    • fish h
    • national park
    • national estate
    • conservation park
    • recreation area
  • Last publication date: 
    14-06-1999

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