Tropical beach water

Jellyfish Safe

Stay safe in the ocean


The oceans around northern Australia are home to some of the world’s most spectacular marine life. Unfortunately, they are also home to dangerous species of marine stingers, most famously the box jellyfish and Irukandji. They can be found around Cape York and along the coast as far south as Gladstone, from around October to June.

Many popular beaches have stinger nets in place so you can swim safely. If there are no nets, a full-length stinger suit will help keep you protected. As an added bonus, these suits also offer great protection from the sun. It’s always a good idea to check with the lifeguards on duty and follow their advice.

If you do happen to get stung, don’t panic. Wash the site thoroughly with vinegar (you’ll find a bottle on most beaches) and pull off any remaining tentacles, ensuring your fingers and hands are protected. See the lifeguards for assistance or call Triple 000 in an emergency.

The most important advice is not to be afraid of swimming at Tropical North Queensland’s gorgeous beaches. Fatal stings are very rare and it’s easy to stay safe by following these simple precautions. Current local beach conditions can be found on the Surf Life Saving North Queensland website.