All DES wants for Christmas is for you to be Crocwise and stay safe

Issued: 20 Dec 2022

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is urging residents and visitors to Croc Country to be Crocwise these summer holidays, as estuarine crocodiles are much more active then.

A/Manager Southern Wildlife Operations Dayna Adams said that during the summer months male crocodiles are more mobile as they search for a mate and compete with other males, and female crocodiles fiercely defend their nests.

“Also, over the summer holidays, there is an increase in the number of people participating in outdoor activities on or near the water, such as fishing, boating or camping, Ms Adams said.

“For these reasons DES often sees a spike in the number crocodile sighting reports received at this time of year.”

Ms Adams said no waterway in Croc Country can ever be considered crocodile free.

“Just because a crocodile has not been reported or seen in an area does not mean there is no crocodile there,” she said.

“With summer also being our typical wet season, it’s important to remember that crocs can turn up in unusual places during or after flooding.

“They can move further upstream and into new areas, and might even move into areas where they haven’t been seen before.

“If you do see a crocodile over the holidays, report it to DES immediately through the QWildlife app or by phoning the department on 1300 130 372.”

People are responsible for their own safety in Croc Country and are reminded to be Crocwise at all times. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL waterways in Croc Country, even if there is no warning sign present.
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when in crocodile habitat, or keep an object between yourself and the water at all times.
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, at camp sites or boat ramps.
  • Do not provoke, harass or feed crocodiles, regardless of size.
  • Report crocodile sightings through the QWildlife mobile app or by calling 1300 130 372.
  • Be aware that crocodiles can also be found in the ocean and freshwater habitats.
  • Be extra cautious at dawn, dusk and at night.
  • Avoid using canoes and kayaks in croc country - the smaller the vessel the greater the risk.
  • Stay well away from crocodile traps.
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water.
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.
  • Obey all warning signs.

Croc Country (considered to be typical crocodile habitat) begins at the Boyne River south of Gladstone, and extends northward, up the east coast and across Far North Queensland.

See further information on being Crocwise.