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Box Jelly Fish
The Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) is the World's most dangerous marine stinger. It has been blamed for 60 deaths (mostly children) on our inshore tropical waters since the 1880s. This jellyfish can be found in Northern tropical waters between Gladstone on the Queensland Coast, to Broome in Western Australia. Being restricted mainly to inshore waters it is not found around the structures of the Great Barrier Reef except in the far North where the reef is very close to the mainland.
Prevailent during the summer months from October to May, the Box Jellyfish has been found in Darwin waters even during winter months from June to September.
Most popular beaches in Northern Territory and Tropical Queensland have prominent signs warning of the danger. Many lifesaving clubs will drag the beaches to check for the existence of stingers during the summer and issue alerts to local radio stations.

  • Worst tme: October to May
  • Protection: Cover up as much as possible(especially the legs) when swimming, do not splash around in the shallows. Stinger suits may be purchased, pantyhose can help provide some protection.
  • If Stung: Drench the skin with vinegar for 30 seconds. Resuscitate if neccesary. Know where to get medical help. Keep a bottle of vinegar and painkillers in your car. An equipped first aid kit is advisable to also carry in car.
  • Warnings: Local radio, local TV, local newspapers.
Australia's Tropical North a habitat for two types of crocodile-
Crocodylus johnstoni, the freshwater species and Crocodylus porosus, ocean-going or estuarine crocodiles.
Freshwater crocodiles are narrow-jawed and do not exceed three metres in length. This species are normally not agressive but can inflict severe injuries if wounded or cornered. The ocean going species can grow to 7 metres in length and are extremely dangerous. Although often called saltwater crocodiles they can be found hundreds of kilometres inland, in rivers, swamps, and floodplain waterholes.
  • Worst tme: Year round
  • Warnings: Refrain from swimming or fishing where warning signs are erected. Don't interfer with nesting grounds. If you happen to come accross a basking crocodile retreat quietly towards land, do not place yourself between water and a crocodile.
  • Advice: If your not sure don't swim. Ask advise from local park rangers or tourist information centres.
  • Sad Fact: There have been 12 fatal crocodile attacks in Austrralia's Northern Tropics since 1980
Intense low presure systems approaching from the ocean can wreak tremendous chaos and destruction during the summer.
  • Worst tme: December to March
  • Warnings: Radio, television and newspapers.
Remote Areas
Many areas of Far North Queensland are remote and 4 wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
  • Warnings: Check road conditions before travelling, avoid travelling during the wet season.
  • Allways Carry: Plenty of water and non-perishable food, first aid kit, axe, extra petrol, tyre pump and jack, detailed maps.
  • Recomended: Four Wheel Drive with winch, radio transceiver, a range of spare parts, tools and reasonable knowledge of your vehicle's mechanics, high lift jack, tyre levers, tyre hammer, tube repair kit.
Wet Season
The wet season occurs during Australia's summer months. Heavy rainfall and flooding are common. Travel in this area is not recommended during this period as many roads are impassable.
  • Worst tme: November to April
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