Stingers: Why you can’t swim in Tropical North Queensland

Tropical North Queensland, home to some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet, yep that’s right – the planet!

When you’re walking on the pristine beaches up in Far North Queensland (FNQ) you will notice that no one is swimming in the water. There is a VERY good reason for this and something that should never be ignored.

Packing for Tropical North Queensland

You definitely need to be prepared for your trip to FNQ (Far North Queensland). There are a few essentials in my mind, one of which is, of course, mosquito repellent! Click here for a printable packing guide for your trip.

What are stingers?

Here in FNQ, you’re on the lookout for Irukandji and Box Jellyfish. The only problem is it is nearly impossible to spot an Irukandji because they are the size of your thumbnail at the most.

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These two stingers are not the same thing – they are two entirely different members of the box jellyfish family. The Irukandji is the most venomous but the box jellyfish kills faster. The Irukandji has venom 100 times more potent than a cobra and 1000 times more potent than a tarantula – this is why it is believed to be the most venomous creature in the world.

When is stinger season in Cairns & Port Douglas

As I said earlier, this is no joke and you must take this seriously. There is a reason why no one is swimming in the waters, at least without proper protection.

There are no set dates for stinger season but they are more prominent in the summertime / wet season.

Stingers North Queensland

What about the Crocodiles?

It’s not just the deadly jellyfish you have to worry about, FNQ is also home to the Crocodile. These guys can hang out near the beaches, but more often than not in creeks and streams. You’re best to stay clear of any waterways unless they are confirmed safe swimming holes.

Any other deadly animals?

Of course – it’s Australia! You can’t forget about the sharks, snakes, spiders and other insects. The mosquitos are the most annoying as they are everywhere! Oh, there is also a stinging tree – yep even a tree can hurt you!!

How safe are the areas at the beach with swimming nets?

I wouldn’t risk it. Locals told us that because the Irukandji is so small, they have been known to get through the nets. So I personally wouldn’t get in!

Where can you safely swim?

There are a number of swimming holes you can visit in the Port Douglas, Daintree and Cairns area. It is important to be 100% sure it is a swimming hole and crocodile free. We stopped in at Mossman Gorge which is around 25 minutes north of Port Douglas and some waterfalls near Millaa Millaa falls which is about 1.5 hours south-west of Cairns. There are also some swimming holes in the Daintree – just follow the signs!

Spending some time in Queensland?

If you’re spending time in Tropical North Queensland or even heading further down, check out our Queensland page.

Do you have travel insurance?

Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.

Alternative accommodation

If you’re looking for alternative accommodation to either save some money or share with friends or family, click here for information on Air B&B ($50 discount on your first booking), hotel price comparison websites etc.

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