Fraser Island dingo incident update

Issued: 1 Mar 2019

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

QPWS rangers on K’gari (Fraser Island) have identified two dingoes who attacked three people on Thursday evening (28 February) near Eurong Beach.

One dingo has been captured and, considering the seriousness of the incident, has been euthanised in consultation with the Butchulla People.

Rangers are currently tracking the other dingo.

Rangers continue to patrol at campgrounds and island arrival points to warn visitors of the dangers associated with dingoes.

Visitors are reminded never to approach or feed dingoes, as this can lead them to becoming habituated.

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.