Are there crocodiles at Fraser Island?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 11/07/2020

Reading time: 3 mins

Australia is famous for its diverse range of dangerous creatures, with the Saltwater Crocodile at the top of the list.

These creatures are found throughout the tropical region of Australia, roaming the sea waters and freshwater watering holes dotted about. But what about the picturesque waters of Fraser Island? Find out if you’ll be running into the infamous saltwater crocodile during your visit here!

About the Saltwater Crocodiles

At the top of the food chain in Australia, the Saltwater Crocodiles are the biggest and most ferrous reptiles in the entire world. First appearing next to the dinosaurs, they have remained relatively the same, with barely any changes to their evolution. As their strong jaws, camouflaging scales, and fast reflects have kept them alive for more than 65 million years.

Crocodiles within Fraser Island

Saltwater Crocodiles are found in Australia’s northern region, found in the tropics of Australia in both their shallow seashores and murky rivers and lakes. However, crocodiles do not have a permanent population on Fraser Island, but they can pop up on occasion. This is typically when a croc is travelling a long distance between coastal regions, stopping off at Fraser Island for a break. The sightings have been rare, but crocodile spotting can still occur, as Fraser Island is technically a great habitat zone for these creatures.

How to Avoid Danger

  • Avoid Swimming in the Oceans

    The top advice given to travellers trekking through the tropical region of Australia is to never swim in potential crocodile invested waters. They are typically found in murkier waters, as their scales blend perfectly with these waters, but crocs appearing in the pristine sea waters are also known. Due to the shallow shore spots being the prime place where crocs can appear on Fraser Island, it is better o be safe than sorry. Instead, take advantage of their many lakes, creeks, and streams found scattered about the island, with no chance of crocodiles within!

  • Listen to the local Advice

    The tour operators, local residents, and guides of Fraser Island all know best when it comes to crocodiles. Simply listen to their protocols and restrictions on these creatures, in case of any encounters on the island. These rules include being ‘crocwise’, which is a local phrase for all the rules and regulations everyone should follow in regions. These include exercising caution when entering any body of water, salt or freshwater. Including checking for any crocodile signs, looking at the transparency of the water, and seeing if any other animals are swimming or drinking from the water. The Australian government offers an everchanging educational campaign on their website, so you can have a little read before hopping onto the boat to Fraser Island!

Related article: Is it safe to swim on Fraser Island?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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