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Dingo Safety

This alert applies to the following parks:

Kgari (Fraser Island) Great Sandy National Park March to May

The likelihood of negative dingo-human interactions is greatest during dingo mating season, particularly during the Easter school holiday period when there are a high number of visitors on Fraser Island.

Dingo mating season means:

  • Increased dingo activity and a higher chance of dingo-human interaction.
  • Dominance testing behaviour—often misinterpreted as ‘playing’.
  • Unpredictable behaviour.
  • More howling at night.
  • Last year’s pups being forced to find new territory to avoid more dominant dingoes, and to find their own food.

Visitors, tour operators and residents are advised to be dingo-safe! on Fraser Island. 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.

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 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.

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.

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Last updated
1 March 2018