The beaches and oceans of tropical Queensland and Australia are an important part of the natural attraction of these regions.
They are also home to several species of marine stingers, including Chironex fleckeri, the ‘Box Jellyfish’ and the Irukandji. Both of these are classed as dangerous tropical marine stingers and caution must be exercised when entering tropical waters (defined as those north of Bustard Head) during the ‘Marine Stinger season’.
Whilst marine stingers may be present throughout the entire year in tropical Queensland, the risk associated with these two types of potentially dangerous jellyfish are higher during the ‘Marine Stinger season’ that typically runs from November through to May. During these warmer months, it is of particular importance to swim only at a patrolled beach under the guidance and supervision of lifesavers and lifeguards.