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Crocodiles—Be Crocwise

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Be Crocwise

Crocodiles are potentially dangerous. Never take unnecessary risks in crocodile habitat. You are responsible for your own safety, so please follow these guidelines and be Crocwise in croc country.

  • Know that crocodiles are ambush predators, and most attacks are made by crocodiles that were not reported or seen in an area until the moment of attack.
  • Obey crocodile warning signs—they are there for your safety and protection.
  • Never swim in water where crocodiles may live even if there is no warning sign present.
  • When fishing, always stand a few metres back from the water's edge and never stand on logs or branches overhanging the water.
  • Never clean fish or discard fish scraps near the water’s edge, around campsites or at boat ramps.
  • Swimming or standing in water above knee-height near a crocodile warning sign or where estuarine crocodiles are frequently seen, is illegal in protected areas (you can still enter the water if you have a reasonable excuse, e.g. launching a boat).
  • Stay well back from any crocodile slide marks. Crocodiles may be close by and may approach people and boats.
  • Boats and vehicles must never be brought within 10m of an estuarine crocodile in the wild—it is illegal unless part of a commercial crocodile viewing tour, or there is a reasonable excuse, e.g. where a creek is less than 10m wide.
  • Never dangle your arms or legs over the side of a boat. If you fall out of a boat, get out of the water as quickly as possible.
  • Never provoke, harass or interfere with crocodiles, even small ones.
  • Never feed crocodiles—it is illegal and dangerous.
  • Camp at least 2m above the high water mark and at least 50m from the water’s edge. Avoid places where native animals and domestic stock drink.
  • Never leave food scraps, fish frames or bait at your campsite. Always check that previous campers have not left these behind.
  • Never prepare food, wash dishes or pursue any other activities near the water's edge or adjacent sloping banks.
  • Be more aware of crocodiles at night and during the breeding season, September to April.
  • Understand more about the relative risks and how to be Crocwise in each of Queensland’s crocodile management zones, see the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan for more information.
  • Report all crocodile sightings in Queensland to the CrocWatch hotline on 1300 130 372.

Flooding and potentially dangerous wildlife

Flooding of waterways and low-lying areas can temporarily increase the mobility and distribution of potentially dangerous wildlife – including crocodiles – and as such crocodiles may be present in areas they do not usually inhabit.

Related information

Fitzroy River crocodiles

  • Risk assessment report—Fitzroy River crocodiles (available from the department’s online library catalogue)
Last updated
14 March 2017