DES investigates large crocodile, Zilzie (Rockhampton area)

Issued: 15 Feb 2022

Wildlife Officers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) are reminding residents to be Crocwise while in Croc Country following reports of a large estuarine crocodile sighted near swimmers at Zilzie, east of Rockhampton.

On Sunday, 13 February, DES received a report that a large crocodile was seen swimming around the Coorooman Creek boat ramp multiple times throughout the morning.

The croc was reportedly seen as close as 10 metres from nearby swimmers.

Following the report to DES, wildlife officers conducted a site assessment of the area and installed temporary warning signs.

As this is known crocodile habitat, wildlife officers are continuing to assess the risk, and are asking the public to be aware that a crocodile is likely to be in this estuary.

Warning signs will remain in place while investigations continue.

Members of the public are reminded of the risks they take by swimming in known crocodile habitat, or where crocs have been recently sighted.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, the Coorooman Creek boat ramp is within Zone E (general management zone), which means all crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour in this area are automatically targeted for removal.

All crocodile sightings can be reported by using the free Qwildlife app or by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all reports it receives.

There are a number of actions people can take to be Crocwise while in Croc Country. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in central Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water’s edge, at camp sites or boat ramps
  • Never feed, provoke or harass crocs
  • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
  • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • Stay well away from croc traps – that includes when fishing and boating
  • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by using the QWildlife app or by calling 1300 130 372

Find further information on being Crocwise.