Woman bitten by wongari on K’gari

Issued: 10 Aug 2023

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is investigating two incidents on K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) where two collared wongari (dingoes) approached a group of adults before biting a woman on the thigh.

Around 11:45am, the wongari approached and circled seven adults at Eli Creek. One of the wongari lunged and mouthed a woman on the thigh. A member of the group threw a stick at the wongari and scared them off.

The wongari went down Eli Creek and around 11:50am, approached a woman from behind. When the woman turned around and saw the wongari, she fell and was bitten on the thigh.

QPWS rangers provided assistance to the woman, and offered medical treatment which was declined.

The investigation into both incidents is ongoing.

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 dingo.ranger@des.qld.gov.au

Visitors to Fraser Island are reminded to be dingo safe at all times:

  • Always stay close (within arm’s reach) of children and young teenagers
  • Always walk in groups
  • Always carry a stick when walking
  • Camp in fenced areas where possible
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • Never feed dingoes
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat)
  • Never store food or food containers in tents, and
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait.

For more information go to K’gari dingoes.