Archer Point crocodile incident – update 1

Issued: 9 Apr 2023

Wildlife officers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) arrived in Archer Point this afternoon to commence an investigation following yesterday’s reported crocodile attack.

The wildlife officers have met with QPWS rangers who were on site yesterday, as well as Yuku Baja Muliku rangers and Traditional Owners, and have undertaken initial site assessments.

The team are working closely with Yuku Baja Muliku rangers and will carry out works tonight. Vessel-based searches will recommence from tomorrow morning.

No further sightings of a crocodile have been reported 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.