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What are Queensland's most dangerous creatures?

How to avoid and respond to attacks

With its spectacular beaches and lush tropical rainforests, Queensland is a natural mecca for visitors worldwide.

But with its natural beauty come dangerous (and sometimes deadly) creatures that also call it home. Although many are predators, they are also an important part of the state’s ecosystem, and some are endangered species.

Knowing how to avoid them and treat attacks if they occur will not only give you peace of mind, it might save a life.

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Click links below for more info on each creature
Marine life



More information

Queensland Health



Flooding in Queensland

Useful resources from the QLD Government.

Floods can occur almost anywhere in Queensland and can rise over days, or in minutes in a ‘flash flood’. Don’t enter floodwater—even water 30cm deep could sweep you off your feet.

After heavy rain in your area…

  • Keep informed about weather patterns and weather forecasts and act quickly on any advice
  • Stay away from rivers, creeks and drains
  • Get to higher ground
  • Never try to drive, ride or walk through floodwater.

Storms and floods (Workcover Queensland)
Floodwater safety

Emergency Tips | ABC Australia

See also:

How to plan and prepare for bushfires

Emergency Tips | ABC Australia

Australian Warning System

Australian Warning System

The rollout of Australia’s new emergency warning system

The Australian Warning System is a new national approach to information and warnings for hazards like bushfire, flood, storm, cyclone, extreme heat and severe weather, with the same three alert levels across all states and territories.

The Australian Warning System, developed by a working group at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), has been designed based on feedback and research across the country and aims to deliver a more consistent approach to emergency warnings, no matter where you are. It uses a nationally consistent set of icons to show incidents on websites and apps, supported by calls to action.

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You can survive a rip current

You can survive a rip current by knowing your options

You can escape a rip by knowing your options:

  • Stay calm.
  • Raise an arm to seek help.
  • Float with the current until it releases you.
  • Swim parallel to the shore or towards breaking waves, use them to help you in.

Learn More: Rip Currents – SLS Beachsafe

Get Ready Queensland

Get Ready Queensland

When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when‘. Get Ready Queensland is a year-round program helping all Queenslanders prepare for natural disasters. Being prepared before a disaster hits could be the difference between staying safe or putting yourself and those you love in danger.

A storm is brewing: Your essential wild weather checklist

A storm is brewing: Your essential wild weather checklist

Queenslanders are a pretty resilient bunch when it comes to natural disasters, and as the most disaster-prone state in the country, we need to make sure we’re ready for whatever comes our way.

Like … tropical cyclones.

Although we’ve been through it all before, it pays to reset and check that you’re prepared when the first storm of the season hits. Plan ahead now and cross off this storm-ready checklist to safeguard your home and family.

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Source and Suncorp
See original article on 7News

Bushwalking Bushfire Safety

Bushwalking Bushfire Safety

Australia like several other countries in the world has a reputation for serious bushfires. A basic understanding of bushfires is useful if you are a bushwalker or spend time in the outdoors. Read More

Home Storm Protection (Useful Resources List)

Home Storm Protection

Emergency Supply Kits, Recovery Plans, Roof Preparation and more

A collection of mainly US based resources that can readily be translated to an Australian setting.

Everyone knows that it’s smart to plan ahead. Getting together emergency supplies and kits may be the most important type of advance planning any family can do: once a storm hits, it’s too late. To keep loved ones safe, adults need to take the initiative and take action before the clouds roll in. Read More

Blackouts: What to do before, during and after a power outage

Blackouts: What to do before, during and after a power outage

You’re in the middle of a storm and the telly suddenly turns off, the fridge stops humming and the lights go out.

There’s a good chance your next thought is going to be: “What am I meant to do again?”

With the energy market operator warning that 1.3 million households are at risk of losing power this summer, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks so next time you’re in a blackout, you’re prepared. Learn More

The Grab Bag

The Grab Bag

Recently, like many other Australians across the country, I had a knock on the front door from a policeman telling me it was time to go! I had to evacuate the house as soon as possible. This was a first for me and not really something I had ever seriously considered a possibility.

A day or so later after we were allowed home, I decided to create a checklist – maybe even the ultimate emergency Grab Bag checklist.  I did a little Internet research and soon discovered I wasn’t the only one with this bright idea. The list is a compilation of my ideas and the thoughts of many others.  Read More

Ticks and Tick Bites

Parents warned: Tick Outbreak across Australia

There are over 70 species of tick in Australia, 16 of which are known to feed off humans. Most tick bites pose no long term harm to humans, however, children are at higher risk of a serious and harmful reaction, especially to the bites of paralysis ticks. The majority of Australian tick species can be found along the Eastern Coast, particularly in humid areas. Serious concerns about tick outbreaks in Sydney are trickling up the eastern seaboard, with the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast areas all at risk. The Gold Coast has been historically named as one of Australia’s hot spots for tick bites. Ticks love warm humid environments and South East Queensland provides a perfect habitat for them.

READ MORE (Source: Your Local Families Magazine)

Survival Kit

Survival Kit

Things you’ll need in case of an emergency

Emergency agencies recommend having a kit ready with items that will help you survive and recover from a disaster.

You should keep your kit in a handy location, in a container or bag that’s big enough to add extra items when you’re responding to a specific disaster.

Distress Beacons

Distress Beacons

No matter whether you’re travelling by land, sea or air, a GPS equipped distress beacon can mean all the difference in a life-threatening situation. Beacon registration can be completed online for free.

Source: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

What Happens If I Activate My Distress Beacon?
As an avid wilderness explorer, I’m often out in the middle of nowhere with no phone reception and miles from help. And that’s why I always carry a distress beacon; aka. Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

Source: Lisa Snow, We are Explorers

Park Alerts

Before you leave home check the park alerts on the NPRSR website for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Go to Park Alerts

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Understanding fire safety, taking steps to prevent fires occurring, and acting appropriately when fires break out, will help protect you, your loved ones and your valuable possessions.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Commission for Children and Young People and Child GuardianVehicle / 4WD Safety

Vehicle safety and related information for all drivers and off-roaders


Cars, Roads & Children

Around 250 kids aged 0-14 are killed each year and 58,000 hospitalized, due to road and transport related injuries. These resources may help understand and mitigate these injuries.

The Blue Card SystemSun Safety

Sun Safety

Did you know anyone can get skin cancer? Skin cancer doesn’t just affect older people or fair skinned or people with red hair! The simple fact is that anyone of any age can develop skin cancer.

Not just Slip, Slop, Slap!
Your Summer Guide to Sunscreen

You’re probably not using enough sunscreen!
Australians should be taking a much more aggressive approach to wearing sunscreen,

Beat the Heat
Playing and exercising safely in hot weather

UV Exposure and Heat Illness Guide

Helping to keep organised sport and physical activity safe, healthy and fun for all

Heat Related Illness
During very hot and extreme heat conditions, people are at greater risk of health problems. These can be specific heat-related illnesses or a worsening of existing medical problems.


My Sun Protection

My Sun Protection

My Sun Protection want you to be able to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities and better manage your time in the sun.

Visit our Resources Centre for helpful tips on how to keep you and your family sun safe. 

Your Summer Guide to Sunscreen

Not just Slip, Slop, Slap!
Your Summer Guide to Sunscreen

The Australian summertime drill seems simple enough:

  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slop on some sunscreen,
  • Slap on a hat!

But if you have ever found yourself staring back at a regretful, hyper-sensitive, pink-skinned version of yourself in the mirror thinking,”that sunscreen didn’t work as well as it should have“, then you’re probably doing sunscreen wrong …

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