A guide shows off the rocks created by lightning strikes on Moreton Island.
A guide shows off the rocks created by lightning strikes on Moreton Island.

The Qld spot where lightning strikes all the time

THEY say lightning never strikes the same place twice.

But any visitor to Moreton Island's Lightning Ridge will know that's just not true.

In the 'desert' behind the Tangalooma Island resort is a place which shows how often lightning can strike the one area.

Laying in the sand is Fulgurate Rock, small rocks which are created as lightning strikes fuse the sand together.

We stayed at the resort on the weekend and witnessed a spectacular lightning show off the ocean.

It didn't stop the tourists from feeding the dolphins under the flashes of cameras and from the sky.

By then the lightning was obviously kilometres away.

Tourists walk around Lightning Ridge on Moreton Island
Tourists walk around Lightning Ridge on Moreton Island

The next morning we took a Desert Safari tour through Australian bushland before it opened up into sprawling white sand.

A 32 metre high sand dune dominates the area but equally as interesting are the coloured sands which are revealed when you scratch the surface with your feet.

While the top layer of the desert is an off white, if you dig down beside Lightning Ridge you'll find a mix of 32 different colours, everything from white to yellow to orange to black.

Our guide tells us the area is full of metallic elements which attract lightning.

They also keep the sand remarkably cool - something we appreciated during the weekend heatwave conditions - especially as we climbed the sand dune to go tobogganing.

Elements in the sand include Illminite, Humate, Rutile, Silica and Zircon.

The sand of Lightning Ridge is filled with evidence of lightning strikes.
The sand of Lightning Ridge is filled with evidence of lightning strikes.

Previously the desert was completely covered by trees.

Scientists believe either a meteorite strike or huge fire could have created the white wonderland.

The areas are sacred to the Ngugi people, the Aboriginal Australians who once called Moorgumpin (Moreton Island) home.

Guests are reminded to "Take only photographs, leave only footprints."


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