Dingo (Wongari) Seasonal Information - Summer Season

1 December 2022 to 28 February 2023
20 December 2021 4:45am
30 November 2022 9:01am

This alert applies to the following parks:

An increase in dingo-human interactions is expected during the summer holiday season. This is a particularly important time for juvenile wongari (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, Waddy Point and eastern beach fenced areas (Wongai, One Tree Rocks, Cornwells, Eli), or at fenced private camping areas at Dilli Village or Cathedral Beach.

Summer means:

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

Be dingo-safe! Visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/kgari-fraser/about/wongari-dingoes/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 dingo.ranger@des.qld.gov.au, 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 wongari (dingoes) on K’gari (Fraser Island) please visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/kgari-fraser/about/wongari-dingoes

Please monitor park alerts on the department's website for updated information.

Please visit this park's page on the department's website for more park safety information.

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