Never walk alone – woman bitten by wongari on K’gari

Issued: 28 Aug 2023

Warning signs alert visitors to the dangers.

Warning signs alert visitors to the dangers.

Visitors and residents on K’gari are reminded to never walk alone and carry a stick for protection after a woman was bitten by a wongari (dingo) on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island).

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating the incident which left a woman with two small abrasions on her right thigh.

On Saturday 26 August 2023, the woman was standing alone on the beach near Happy Valley when she felt a nip on her thigh.

She turned to see a collared wongari, which circled and lunged at the woman, as another collared wongari began to circle her.

The woman yelled and swung her water bottle, and stayed as calm as possible as the drivers of four vehicles came to her aid.

One of the drivers transported the woman to a fenced camping area. Rangers patrolling the area provided Be dingo-safe! information to visitors.

Rangers are closely monitoring the collared wongari.

Visitors and residents on K’gari are reminded to remain vigilant at all times, and children must be kept under constant supervision.

Anyone with information about these incidents and other negative interactions is encouraged to contact a QPWS ranger by calling 07 4127 9150.

Negative dingo encounters should immediately be reported to a QPWS ranger by calling 07 4127 9150 or emailing

Visitors to K’gari (previously known as Fraser Island) are reminded to be dingo safe at all times:

  • Always stay within arm’s reach of children and teenagers
  • Always walk in groups and carry a stick
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • Camp in fenced areas where possible
  • Secure all food, rubbish, fish and bait
  • Never feed dingoes
  • Never store food or food containers in tents

For more information go to K’gari dingoes.