Archer Point crocodile incident

Issued: 8 Apr 2023

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is investigating after a man in his 40s was reportedly bitten by a crocodile at the Archer Point campgrounds (approx. 25km south of Cooktown) around lunchtime on 8 April 2023.

The information provided to DES suggests the man reportedly suffered serious injuries to the head, abdominal area and leg.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will investigate, with staff heading to the site to confirm if a crocodile is in the area.

It is important that ALL crocodile sightings are reported in a timely manner.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to DES by using the QWildlife app, by accessing the sighting report online, or calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all crocodile sighting reports that it receives.

Archer Point is known croc country. Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.

It’s important everyone in Croc Country practises "Crocwise" behaviour, in particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in all waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • 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 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
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
  • Never provoke, harass, or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.