Pile Valley on Fraser Island is distinctly unique as it is the only rainforest in the world that grows in the sand.
This is one of the many reasons why Fraser Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where is Pile Valley, Fraser Island
Fraser Island is located 300Km north of Brisbane in Queensland, off the coast. It is only accessible to get across by Barge or boat.
Once on the Island you will need a 4WD vehicle to get around and see the amazing natural attractions.
One of these attractions is The Pile Valley Rainforest Circuit.
What is the Pile Valley Circuit and Valley Of The Giants
Pile Valley begins at Central Station on Fraser Island. You can follow the board-walk along Wanggoolba Creek for about 100m. The crystal clear waters of the creek are reminiscent of the Jurassic era without the dinosaurs.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s, borer-resistant timber found in this area was popular in the building of wharves and jetties.
The surrounding area of Central Station has an interesting history of logging until it was outlawed and declared an area of natural significance in 1937.
The Pile Valley is a 4Km circuit walk that winds through the tropical sand rainforest. The walk takes approx. 2 hours for a return trip
What can you see at Pile Valley
Pile Valley has a diverse Eco System. Not only is it the only rainforest in the world that grows in the sand it is home to magnificent 1000 year old plants including Giant King Ferns, Satinay trees and Kauri Pines.
It is also known as the Valley of the Giants – as this is where you will see the two largest trees on the Island – the Giant Satinay and the Giant Tallowwood, in this untouched rainforest.
Not only is there lots to see and explore, it is a sacred place where you can actually feel just how special and unique it is.
Feel the moisture on your skin from the cool damp air flowing along the creek and through the trees.
Hear the concerto sounds of the birdlife and insects and feel the velvet smoothness of the florescent green moss growing on every surface.
It is truly magnificent and a memory that will be with you forever once you experience it.
You can spot Turquoise Parrots, Red Goshawks and an array of beautifully coloured Kingfishers as they swoop between branches under the rainforest canopy.
The Pile Valley is also the perfect habitat for the diverse wildlife.
What can you do at Pile Valley
Walking the circuit through Pile Valley is certainly an adventure. The return walk will take about 2 hours to the 4km at a light easy pace.
- Be sure to bring your camera for some spectacular nature shots of the flowing creek and the flora & fauna. You will be mesmerised by the enormous Santinay trees and King Ferns.
- Pack a light picnic in your backpack and find yourself a spot to enjoy a snack under the rainforest canopy. Be sure to have water bottle too.
- If you prefer not to do the entire Pile Valley Circuit walk just treat yourself to the boardwalk at Central station. It will give you a small glimpse into the beauty of the area and some great pics too.
Dangers Of Pile Valley
Remember when you are in this area you are at the mercy of mother nature. Be prepared in case of an accident or injury. Always remember:
- Tell someone where you are headed to.
- Bring water & a snack. The walk is 2 hours.
- Wear appropriate enclosed in footwear. Thongs or bare feet is not appropriate
- You are in the rainforest and it will be a little cool so bring a light sweater in summer or warmer jacket in Winter.
- Beware of Dingos. They are more common in the beach dunes and dry bush areas but they have been spotted deeper inland and around spots that frequent people. Including central station and the rainforest trails.
- Snakes and spiders to inhabit this area so be aware but not scared. You are highly unlikely to see any but never say never.
- The walk through Pile Valley is long and not advisable for young children nor is it wheelchair accessible.
What Else To Know About Pile Valley
The most important thing to know about Pile Valley is that it is truly a magnificent natural wonder of the world. There is no where else in the world that you can go and see massive rainforest vegetation growing in the sand.
Looking at photographs alone does not give this picturesque spot any justice. It has to be seen and felt to fully appreciate its beauty.
If you ever have the opportunity to come and visit Fraser Island this Valley of the Giants is a must see and should be on everyone’s bucket list of natural wonders.
More (K’gari) Island Attractions
- Lake Mckenzie Fraser Island
- Platypus Bay Fraser Island
- Champaign Pools Fraser Island
- Eli Creek Fraser Island
- Central Station Rainforest
- The Pinnacles – Coloured Sands
- The Maheno Wreck Fraser Island
- Indian Head Fraser Island
- The Sandy Cape Lighthouse