Deep Water NP. & stingers (box jellyfish)

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Hi all, we have been planning a trip to Deep Water NP. near Bunderberg QLD at the begining of April next year but have had a spanner thrown into the works because we have been told that the stingers are still there at that time. We still want to go but were wondering if there were safe places for the kids to swim. Adults will be fishing. Any info about safe swimming, good fishing spots (rock & beach) and places of interest ( besides the Rum factory) would be much appreciated. Thanks......
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Reply By: Stewy - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 09:26

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 09:26
Spent my teen years holidaying at Woodgate in the sixies and seventies, and never saw a box jelly fish only blue bottles when a SE blows
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Reply By: Rod - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 10:47

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 10:47
Have spent many years holidaying at Bagara near Bundaberg and never heard of a stinger problem. Did the ranger warn you ?
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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 10:52

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 10:52
Maybe I've been reading the wrong stuff . . . . didn't realise the stingers were a prob that far south . . . I thought it was more of a prob north of the Witsundays ????
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 11:15

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 11:15
I don't think the stingers come down that far south. I used to live in Cairns, and (from my memory) Gladstone was about as far south as they came. I know that despite the stinger problem along the Cairns shoreline, Green Island (and others) slightly out to sea have no such problem.
Local council in the area should be able to advise you.
Australia - If you don't love it, leave!!!
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Reply By: Member - Alex B - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 12:31

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2003 at 12:31
Hi Stuart
Here is a contact number for Qld Parks & Wildlife service at Bunderburg
07 4974 9350, it may or may not be current. If so they should be able to answer your question and send you a pack of information for you holiday
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Reply By: Meggs - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 14:40

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 14:40
Stuart I wouldn't be put off going provided you take some precautions. In Gladstone about 10yrs ago a boy died from a box jelly fish sting so I would assume there is a possibility of them being there in April. The main cause of fatalities is from multiple stings to the body and chest area so if you make sure your childern are covered from the neck to the knee area of the body any stings on the arms or legs will not be fatal. Study the latest first aid for jelly fish stings and have plenty of vinegar on hand and watch the children swimming you should be adequately prepared.
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Reply By: Chappie - Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 23:55

Thursday, Sep 18, 2003 at 23:55
Hi, I live in Gladstone and although we have a 'Stinger Net' on the local Barney Point Beach you should have no need to worry at Deep Water as the stingers do not frequent the open sufr waters.

Stingers are not likely to be found south of Gladstone and then only in the calm waters of the Harbour or creeks.

Hope you enjoy D W NP
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