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Dingo Summer safety

Applies until 29 February 2020.

This alert applies to the following parks:

K'gari (Fraser Island), Great Sandy National Park, December to February

Give dingoes space, K'gari is their place.

An increase in dingo-human interactions is expected during the summer holiday season. This is a particularly important time for juvenile dingoes to test their strength, learn essential survival skills and to avoid habituation towards people. Juveniles will quickly learn bad habits such as stealing food around camp sites instead of learning natural hunting skills.

Visitors, tour operators and residents are advised to be dingo-safe! on K’gari. It is recommended that families with young children camp in fenced QPWS camping areas at Lake Boomanjin, Central Station, Dundubara and Waddy Point, or at fenced private camping areas at Dilli Village or Cathedral Beach.

Summer means:

  • Juvenile dingoes are learning pack rules through play and showing aggressive behaviour to gain dominance.
  • Young dingoes may try to dominate people, especially children.

Be dingo-safe! Visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/dingo-safe

  • NEVER feed dingoes.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of children, even small teenagers.
  • Walk in groups and carry a stick.
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction.
  • Camp in fenced areas when possible.
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat).
  • Never store food or food containers in tents.
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait.
  • No food to lakeshores.

Report dingo encounters—email , tell the nearest QPWS ranger, or phone (07) 4127 9150—mobile phone charges may apply. Take note of location, vehicle registration, dingo ear tag colour, number and which ear.

For further information about dingoes on Fraser Island please visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/fraser-island-dingoes

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Last updated
28 November 2019