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Dingo safety

This alert applies to the following parks:

Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park, September to November

Give dingoes space, K’gari is their place. Limiting dingo-human interaction, particularly during dingo whelping season, is critical to the welfare of pups. This is a particularly important time for pups to learn natural hunting and survival skills and to avoid habituation towards people.

Dingo whelping season means:

  • Dingo pups will venture out of their dens and explore their surroundings
  • Adult dingoes will be teaching their young natural hunting and survival skills
  • Dingoes may be determined and aggressive in their search for food
  • Females will aggressively defend their young
  • Female dingoes that are feeding young can lose condition and become naturally lean during this timeVisitors, 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.

Be dingo-safe! Visit Be dingo-safe! on Fraser Island.

  • 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. Photos are valued, send them with your report.

For further information about dingoes on Fraser Island please visit Fraser Island dingoes.

A comprehensive list of park alerts is also available.

Last updated
30 August 2018