Archer Point crocodile incident – update 2

Issued: 11 Apr 2023

Wildlife officers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) conducted a spotlight search last night of waters at Archer Point and did not identify the target animal.

The search included more than four kilometres of coastline. The investigation will continue this afternoon to and will involve QPWS wildlife officers and Yuku Baja Muliku rangers and Traditional Owners.

Wildlife officers will attempt to speak with the victim today as he recovers in the Cairns Base Hospital.

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.