Fraser Island dingo incident

Issued: 1 Mar 2019

Please attribute to a Department of Environment and Science (DES) spokesperson:

Visitors to K’gari (Fraser Island) are reminded to be dingo safe after two people, a woman and boy, were bitten on Thursday evening (28 February) near Eurong Beach.

QPWS rangers are investigating the circumstances of the incident and have increased patrols in search of the dingoes involved. Future actions will be considered after assessing the information gathered.

Rangers will also increase patrols at campgrounds and other island arrival points to warn visitors of the dangers associated with dingoes.

People are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any negative dingo encounters to a QPWS ranger or phone 07 4127 9150 or email as soon as possible.

Visitors to K’gari (Fraser Island) are reminded to be dingo safe at all times:

  • Always stay close (within arm’s reach) of children and young teenagers
  • Always walk in groups
  • Camp in fenced areas where possible
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • Never feed dingoes
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat)
  • Never store food or food containers in tents, and
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait.

For more information read about Fraser Island dingoes.