The beaches and waters of tropical Australia are a significant part of the natural attraction of these regions. They are also home to several species of marine stingers, including the potentially deadly 'Box Jellyfish' (also referred to as Stingers or Sea Wasps) and the 'Irukandji Jellyfish'. While these creatures do not pose a major threat, it is important to be aware of their potential danger and the means of minimizing the risks associated with them.
Caution should be exercised when entering tropical waters (north of Bundaberg in Queensland and Broome in Western Australia and all of the Northern Territory), particularly during "stinger season" (end October through to early May). Precautions should include:
- Swimming within the designated stinger resistant netted enclosures on beaches patrolled by qualified life guards
- Always reading and obeying beach safety signs
- Wearing a full Lycra body suit or wetsuit when swimming in unprotected waters (these suits are commonly provided for loan by tour operators in the area).
For further information, visit www.marinestingers.com.au.