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Be wildlife aware

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Be wildlife aware

Be wildlife aware

Queensland’s national parks are home to many kinds of wildlife. Encounters with wildlife are usually a highlight of your park visit but there are some species you need to be wary of.

  • People have been seriously injured and killed by dangerous animals in Queensland. Be wildlife aware.
  • Do not approach a distressed animal. To report injured, sick or orphaned wildlife contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
  • Remember native animals are protected and have an essential role in the environment.


  • Snakes generally retreat when encountered but, if they feel threatened, can become defensive.
  • If you come across a snake, back away to a safe distance and allow the snake to move away. Know how to treat a snake bite.

Marine stingers

  • Marine stingers (dangerous stinging jellyfish) may be present in coastal waters at any time, but occur more frequently in the warmer months.
  • They have potent toxic stings that can cause serious illness and, in some cases, death.
  • Visit tropical stingers for safety and first aid information.



  • Be cass-o-wary.
  • Cassowaries are endangered birds from the rainforests of north Queensland.
  • Cassowaries’ behaviour is unpredictable—they can cause serious injuries to people and pets by kicking with their large clawed feet.


  • Dingoes have the potential to be dangerous to humans.
  • The risk of dangerous behaviour is greatly increased in dingoes that have become habituated to humans through feeding or other encouragement.
  • Be dingo-safe and know how to respond to a dingo interaction or attack.
  • If you feel threatened by a dingo:
    • stand up to your full height
    • face the dingo
    • fold your arms and keep eye contact
    • calmly back away
    • if in pairs, stand back to back
    • confidently call for help
    • do not run or wave your arms.
  • Read more about how to be dingo-safe on Fraser Island.

Stinging trees

  • Avoid stinging trees.
  • The leaves, stems and fruit of the stinging tree cause a sting that is extremely painful and site sensitivity can persist for several months.
  • If stung, and symptoms are severe, seek medical advice.

Bites and stings

  • Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from bites and stings.
  • Visit Queensland Health for information and first aid advice.
  • Some people may suffer from anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) after an insect bite or sting. If this occurs, apply first aid treatment for anaphylaxis.