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 (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 croc-wise.
- Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are potentially dangerous.
- Never take unnecessary risks in crocodile habitat.
- Report crocodile sightings to CrocWatch.
- 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.
- 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.