Marine stingers may be present in the waters of tropical Queensland all year round, with the higher risk season during October – May. During this period, jellyfish are prevalent in the waters around the mainland, islands and have occasionally been found out on the reef.
By taking simple precautions to minimise risk, you can safely and comfortably swim in all parts of the Whitsundays region. When taking part in any snorkelling, diving, or swimming activity with an accredited Whitsundays tour operator, protective “stinger suits” will be available to all customers at little or no cost.
If you are stung, Whitsunday Regional Council provides vinegar to treat stings at each of the beaches on the Whitsunday Coast and all tour operators should carry vinegar too. Pour vinegar liberally over the affected area and seek medical attention urgently. Call 000 for an ambulance.
Please note: If you do happen to get stung by one of these “stingers”, do not rub the sting area. Apply vinegar immediately and seek medical attention urgently. Dial 000 for an ambulance. Do not re-enter the water.
Please see marinestingers.com.au or ask your tour operator for more information.