The Maheno Shipwreck is a wonderful piece of Australian history and a must-see attraction for visitors to Fraser Island.
Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbine-driven steamers and she travelled a regular route between Sydney and Auckland. During World War One she was commissioned as a hospital ship and served time in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. But in 1935, along with her sister ship the Oonah, the Maheno was sold to Japan for scrap metal. Both boats were being towed to Japan when a cyclone hit off the Queensland coast and snapped the tow chain. The Maheno was left to drift onto Fraser Island’s beach, left to deteriorate and become one of the island’s greatest ocean legends.