Rowes bay, the strand, picnic bay at magnetic island. Irukandji stings rise as jellyfish season hangs around. Stinger resistant enclosures will be removed from bowen to forrest beach today following approval from surf life saving queensland and the respective local councils. The 2015 16 nbl season was the 38th season of competition since its establishment in 1979. You will find people there 247 whether it be families and friends meeting for bbqspicnics at one of the many areas dedicated to that, including a great water park for kids, or people out for a leisurely. The nets around townsville and magnetic island will be removed by uninet enclosure. Uninet enclosure systems will be removing the townsville. Box jellyfish season starts as the wet season officially starts. The start of the stinger season is officially here with the installation of the nets beginning monday, 29 october 2018. Late october to may is stinger season in north queensland including as far south as the whitsundays.
Community health and environment committee chair cr annmaree greaney said protecting swimmers from getting stung is a priority. Which is a problem, because during stinger season a large slice of the year the beaches are off limits due to marine stingers, including the. This peak season offers some key advantages for travelers. Vibrant social hub the strand, townsville traveller. Warmer waters in the northern territoryherald an earlier onset to the annual chironex fleckeri stinger season. Just 75 box jellyfish were caught by lifeguards in the 2014 2015 season, less than a third of the previous. Includes burleigh heads, surfers paradise, whitsundays, palm cove, port douglas four mile beach and the daintree. Any tropical cyclone in the eastern region has a one in four chance of crossing the eastern australian coastline. Checkin at the ferry terminal located in ross street in south townsville at least 20 minutes prior to the selected departure time. You will need to wear a stinger suit or clothes that will cover your arms and legs, as its stinger season.
Winter in cairns brings slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity, making it the peak tourist season. Southern locations where we do not have the stinger nets. Stinger season the waters of the great barrier reef change throughout the year, depending on the season and currents. I was looking at mid may but after googling the stinger season most sites state that it can lass until may. For the current status at the beaches, view surf lifesaving queenslands north queensland marine stinger season update website. Im planning a holiday to perth, then up the cost to exmouth next year.
Holiday and travel information about every beach in queensland, australia. Magnetic island local news including tourism news, local community news. In port douglas, down the road in cairns and throughout far north queensland including the whitsundays, townsville and hamilton island, stinger season. According to australian marine stinger advisory services, a box jellyfish can kill a child and even a fullgrown adult within two to three minutes once it has touched human skin. Stinger season ningaloo coast western australia forum. Magnetic island is roughly 7 km by 5 km, with 25 km of walking tracks and several beaches and little bays. For this reason, stinger net enclosures are a constant at beaches across north queensland between november and may when stinger season is in full swing. Townsville 4810 townsville lifeguards have netted several large deadly box jellyfish around local beaches in the past few days. Warmer waters in the northern territoryherald an earlier. Beaches in the northern section of queensland have longer stinger seasons than beaches in the south due to the warmer water and greater prevalence of mangrove swamps. Swim in the rock pool or stinger resistant enclosures during the november to may northern stinger season.
Townsville occ proudly present round 6 2017 race program and maps only to be read in conjunction with the aocra regatta and training rules september 2015 and matters for attention 2017 saturday, sept. The north queensland young guns were a rugby league team competing in the queensland. Enter the water slowly this gives marine stingers time to move away. Irukandji stings rise as jellyfish season hangs around longer in. Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and a water bottle the club will provide life. The strand makes townsville the strand, townsville. From the marina we walked through town and north along the strand, a 1 12mile beachfront promenade along the townsville waterfront. Fundraising coordinator patrick parker townsville picnic bay.
Best spots and season in qld windsurfing forums, page 1. Also, safety information about marine stingers and other dangers. It is recommended that a fullbody lycra suit, or equivalent, be worn to provide a good measure of protection against marine stings, particularly during the stinger season, which generally runs from november to march. Stinger net installation marks beginning of stinger season. Data has shown that box jellyfish stings have dropped significantly since stinger nets were introduced. Magnetic island travel queensland, australia lonely planet. I really dont want to get stung by irukandji jellyfish so. Stinger nets mark start of stinger season date published. Nets on townsville beaches coming in as stinger season. The water is still warm enough to swim in and there are no stingers in the waters around this time. Meanwhile, the areas low season known locally as the wet or stinger season takes. Townsville s strand has a lot to offer for visitors and locals alike. Some of the irukandji jellyfish caught on far north queensland beaches during the 201516 stinger season. Winter avoids the stinger season, always a good thing to miss.
Hi, we will be travelling up to the whitsunday islands, airlie beach, etc. Townsville city council contracts uninet to deploy nets at townsvilles popular beaches to keep beachgoers safe. Tropical cyclone seasonal outlook for the coral sea. However, one of the downsides when you live in cairns or are visiting cairns is having to put up with. Stinger nets mark start of stinger season townsville. At this time of year the deadly box jellyfish inhabits the waters along the coast and stinger suits provide protection against their venomous stings. The queensland government provides a number of boating facilities such as boat ramps, pontoons and jetties within the cairns regional council area. Top tips and more to plan your visit to magnetic island. Stinger season officially ends in townsville townsville. Magnetic island is an island directly off the coast of townsville in far north queensland. Stinger season cairns down under tours down under tours.
Late october to may is stinger season in north queensland. The official start of the higher risk stinger season is about to begin and the annual roll out of stinger nets is already complete. The area in which magnetic island and townsville are located, between ayr and just south of tully is known as the d ry t ropics. Stinger netsenclosures are very effective at preventing the more dangerous box jellyfish chrionex fleckeri from entering the enclosure.
The wet season and the stinger season are over by winter making it ideal to go in the. Townsville city council and lifeguards across the city are rolling out the stinger nets at major beaches in the area including balgal beach, the. Best spots and season in qld and other windsurfing discussion in the seabreeze queensland forums, page 1. During the warmer months of october may, the waters warm up, inviting in guests such as marine stingers, or jellyfish. Which is a problem, because during stinger season a large slice of the year the beaches are off limits due to marine stingers, including the potentially fatal irukandji. The box jellyfish is particularly hazardousit is mostly found in shallow waters near the mainland shore and can deliver a fatal sting. Drive your car on board the ferry and relax on the 40minute ride while taking in the stunning views as you cruise to magnetic island through the unesco world heritagelisted great barrier reef marine park. There are a lot of very important reasons for embracing the stinger suit look. Beaches in the northern section of queensland have longer stinger seasons than beaches. The removal work will signals the end of the high risk stinger season in the townsville region. The rollout of stinger resistant enclosures across the region signals the start of stinger season, with beachgoers advised to now cover up.
The team played in the queensland cup before exiting in the 1998 season references. Swimmers freaked out when a one meter crocodile popped up in the net with them. Stinger net installation marks the start of the stinger season. I am from canada live near no oceans so this is all new to me. The regular season was played between 7 october 2015 and 14 february 2016, followed by a post season featuring the top four in late february and march 2016. A stinger net in cairns yesterday had an unwanted visitor. A stinger suit is an allover body stocking that can be worn while snorkeling or diving. Caution urged as stinger nets return to townsville beaches surf. The best time of the year to visit magnetic island is during the winters months june to august when the temperature is a pleasant 27 degrees during the day. Please note this fight contains unmixed arena audio only. Most of the beaches were closednovember through may is high season for marine stingers jellyfish on the queensland coast. The start of the stinger season is officially here with the installation of the nets. Townsville stingers rugby league club are an australian rugby league football club based in townsville formed in 1998.
Spring september november in spring average temperatures range from 20. Its comfortable, flexible and ensures 100% protection from a sting. Stinger nets around townsville will be removed this week as the weather cools and the stinger season ends. If you book a great barrier reef tour during the stinger season, stinger suits will be handed out on the boat before your dive. Nets are also now in place at horseshoe bay, picnic bay and balgal beach. Competing as the townsville stingers, the reserve grade team had some initial success before narrowly missing the finals. Captured jellyfish numbers are down around townsville as stinger season comes to a close. Dangerous marine stingers are present at queensland beaches during the following periods. Its a new concept for townsville and it will offer sprinting sets on the boards for cardio, and planking, squats and pushups for strength, mark says, plus once stinger season ends we can also include some inwater elements to mix it up even more.
Contractors uninet have installed two stinger nets on the strand and one at pallarenda. Over half the land area of the island is a national park. Most popular places either have an expansive lagoon on the foreshore mackay, airlie beach, townsville, cairns, or have sections of the natural beach fenced off with stinger nets port douglas, palm cove, and elsewhere. For an added bonus, stinger suits also protect you against the harsh tropical sun.
For the 201920 season, there is 40% chance of more than average or 60% chance of fewer than average tropical cyclones in the coral sea region. In an average season, the eastern region has around four tropical cyclones. Marine stingers box jellyfish queensland beaches australia. Magnetic island has the perfect temperature water for swimming throughout the year. Most popular beaches in areas prone to marine stingers have stinger resistant enclosures so beachgoers can enjoy swimming throughout the year. However, stinger nets cannot prevent the much smaller irukandji from entering the enclosure. Stinger nets around townsville will be removed this week as the weather becomes cooler and the stinger season finishes.1076 329 953 838 150 1424 1284 1001 816 1541 799 890 493 925 942 845 139 1121 1025 1561 666 1183 964 844 363 1338 855 884 715 49 1195 757 1174 60 1364 1130 399 925 699 1482 701 299 916 325 1048 1174 390