Can I swim in Sea in Port Douglas in February

by Patricia Thompson

Can you swim in the sea in February in Port Douglas?

Port Douglas is a two hour plane trip to Cairns, plus a 1 hour drive away from the Gold Coast! It is in northern Queensland is another of my favourite places to visit.

February is a summer month in Australia and the sea temperature is warm, however you need to be careful of the marine stingers or poisonous jellyfish that can be around.

From my understanding (as it is not an issue in the Gold Coast)swimming in the sea is not really encouraged at that time of the year, unless you are swimming between the Red and Yellow Flags on a patrolled beach or in stinger enclosure, if one is available.

In northern Queensland (anywhere north of Agnes Waters) there are two types of jellyfish species that are classified as dangerous. Chironex Box Jellyfish and the Irukandji.

Marine Stinger Season is generally from early November to early June

You can go out to the reef with a tour and they will advise where and when to swim or not if there is any danger of these marine stingers or any other dangers.

The other thing to be careful of, when in this area, is that there can be crocodiles. I was quite shocked when walking through an area in Palm Cove (just south of Port Douglas) that led to the beach to see a sign that said "Attention: Crocodiles!"

You just need to be alert and make sure you take the necessary precautions. You can find out more information when you arrive in the area, if you stick to the main areas you should find information and signs, but if you want to go to more quiet and out of the way places, then you definitely need to know what you might find in the way of nasties!

Hope that information helped and was what you are looking for. Please let me know if you have any more questions but leaving a comment below.


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Oct 18, 2010
Stinger Information
by: Annie

Thanks for the comment and the heads up I went over to the website and found some excellent information by the Marine Stinger expert you mentioned.

This particular page put it all into perspective, when you follow the links under the heading Tourism.

I don't want to try to distill or replicate the information there so I highly recommend visitors reading up for themselves and making an informed decision.

LOL about the sharks on the Gold Coast versus the Crocs! I guess it is what you get used to. If you are visiting a place for a short time it is hard to know what the real risks are and what the chances are. But it is always good to be informed and alert to the possibilities.

Thanks again for your comment.

Oct 18, 2010
Correct information
by: Anonymous

Please read up a little more on Marine Stingers for your website see by Stinger expert (Edited by Annie: link given did not have the information suggested, but this one is the orginal source)

PS Crocodiles are not as numerous as the sharks chasing bait fish on the GC we see them less frequently than you do with your noahs.

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