The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex have arrived separately on Fraser Island, where Prince Harry will dedicate the forest on the world's largest sand island to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) program.
The royal couple will spend a day and a night on the island, known for its lush rainforests, undulating beaches and wild dingoes, but they took separate boats after landing at the Hervey Bay airport this morning.
Meghan, who will take a break from official commitments today, went on a boat, while Prince Harry took a barge and will travel the island as part of the site's dedication to the conservation program.
It is likely that the night journey is much more relaxed than other appearances, since it is expected that the irregularity of the reception of mobile phones on the island and the low population will mean less public interactions.
Barefoot on the shores of Lake McKenzie, Prince Harry participated in a traditional welcome ceremony to a country by an indigenous elder.
Subsequently, he discovered a plaque for the dedication of the forests of KÃ © gari to the QCC.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described the island as "paradise" when it welcomed Prince Harry.
"It's a great source of pride for the people of Queensland," he said.
Prince Harry recognized the traditional owners by dedicating the island to the initiative.
The Duke said it was the second plaque to be unveiled in honor of the dedication, with his father, Prince Charles, who discovered one at Bundaberg earlier this year.
"Fortunately, we are both very skilled at discovering the plates, it runs in the family," he joked.
Lake McKenzie was used as a training base for the Australian Special Unit Z during World War II.
At that time, the island became an elite training camp where soldiers undertook the jungle and amphibious training in preparation for missions in Asia, including the port of Singapore.
Later, Prince Harry will take a boat ride to the Kingfisher Bay Jetty.
The island's glossy trees, known for their water resistance, were used to build the London docks in the 1930s.
Companies and tourism organizations expected a boost from the visit of the royal couple to the coast of Fraser, which was expected to bring thousands of people to the area.
The couple is spending most of their 16-day trip in Sydney for the Invictus Games for wounded, sick and injured veteran soldiers.
However, the crowds left en masse to catch a glimpse of the couple as they traveled to Melbourne and Dubbo in central New South Wales over the past week.
In Dubbo, a five-year-old boy stole the show by hugging the couple and stroking Prince Harry's ginger beard.
It is the first visit of the royal couple to Australia since their marriage in May, and interest came to the fever when Kensington Palace revealed that Meghan was pregnant while the couple was in Sydney.
Harry's father, Prince Charles, stayed on Fraser Island, known as K & # 39; gari by the traditional owners, at the end of his official tour in 1994.
The island is famous for its long beaches, freshwater lakes, sand dunes and more than 206,000 acres of protected forest.
Fraser is also known for its native dingoes, with an estimated 200 on the island in packages of around 10.
So far this year, there have been 13 reports of threats of interaction between people and dingoes on Fraser Island.
In October, a dingo was shot down after biting a woman and child in two separate incidents and acting aggressively towards another woman.
But the owners of the resort have had a toy dingo waiting to greet the royal couple upon their arrival.
Senior ranger Ann Bauer said she was confident that Fraser Island would become Australia's favorite destination for the royal couple.
"We think that Meghan is a great enthusiast, and the interest in local products and in the paddock to eat dishes … in our case, it could be from one rain forest to another," he said.
"Bush Tucker is on the menu, including kangaroo, crocodile and emu."
Ms. Bauer said that when Prince Charles stayed on Fraser Island, the resort staff helped him make a "bait and change" with the 120-person media package.
"The official car moved to a position outside the complex, while its Range Rover slipped on a closed track to the island," he said.
"Prince Carlos was able to go out to the sand courts and spend a day incognito as a tourist, only with his personal surgeon, the head of security and a driver."
Ms. Bauer said they sailed along the 75 Mile beach, through the rainforest and the Pile Valley, and walked to the secluded Lake Basin, where Prince Charles went for a swim.
"During the day, he expressed interest in the ecology of the forest, learned about the waste treatment system and shared stories of similar environmental initiatives on some of his properties," he said.
On Tuesday, Prince Harry and Meghan will travel on a charter flight to the capital of Fiji, Suva, where they will embark on a three-day visit.
The couple will visit Tonga before returning to Sydney for the last day of the Invictus Games and then going to New Zealand.
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