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Seasonal Dingo Safety Information - December to February

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 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 follow dingo safety advice provided, remain vigilant with dingo safety and avoid interaction with dingoes at all times. Walk together, stay alert and carry a stick or umbrella for extra protection.

Summer means:

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

Be dingo-safe! Visit

  • NEVER feed dingoes.
  • Always stay within arm's reach of children, even small teenagers.
  • Walk in groups.
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction.
  • Camp in fenced areas where 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.

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.

Your safety is our concern, but your responbsibilty.

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Last updated
30 November 2017