Swimmer safety

Shark control equipment removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Due to a recent Federal Court decision, shark control equipment has been removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area – equipment is still in place outside of the marine park. Refer to the locations of shark control equipment below.

Be Safe. Be SharkSmart

Follow these safety guidelines to minimise the risk of a shark attack:

  • Don’t swim at dawn or dusk.
  • Always swim in clear water (not in murky water, busy anchorages, estuary mouths or canals).
  • Don’t throw food scraps or fish waste overboard (including in anchorages or where people are swimming).
  • Don’t swim where fish are being cleaned.
  • Swim, surf, snorkel or dive with a buddy.
  • Follow local signage and swim between the flags at patrolled beaches.

Read more about how you can Be Safe. Be SharkSmart.

Shark control equipment

Nets or drumlines (baited hooks), or a combination of both, are used as shark control equipment at Queensland beaches to minimise the possibility of shark attacks.

In September 2019, changes were made to the locations of shark control equipment in north Queensland following a Federal Court decision. Shark control equipment has been removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area and additional equipment has been installed in some locations outside the marine park.

We recommend you swim at patrolled beaches that have shark control equipment in place.

Beaches with shark control equipment (as at October 2019)

Area Beaches with shark control equipmentMaps
  • Trinity Beach
  • Yorkey’s Knob
  • Holloways Beach
Townsville and Magnetic Island
  • The Strand (Kissing Point)
  • Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island
  • Harbour Beach
  • Lamberts Beach
  • South Lamberts Beach
Capricorn Coast North
  • Lammermoor Beach (southern end)
  • Tannum Sands
  • Bargara
  • Kelly's Beach
  • Neilson Park
  • Oaks Beach
Rainbow Beach
  • Rainbow Beach
Sunshine Coast
  • Alexandra Headland
  • Bribie Island
  • Buddina Beach
  • Caloundra
  • Castaways Beach
  • Coolum Beach
  • Currimundi
  • Hyatt Regency Resort
  • Marcus Beach
  • Marcoola Beach
  • Maroochydore Beach
  • Moffat Beach
  • Mooloolaba Beach
  • Mudjimba Beach
  • Noosa
  • Peregian Beach
  • Point Cartwright
  • Sunrise Beach
  • Sunshine Beach
  • Surfair Resort
  • Twin Waters Resort
  • Wurtulla
  • Yaroomba Beach
North Stradbroke Island
  • Amity Point
  • Cylinder Beach
  • Flinders Beach
  • Ocean Beach
Gold Coast
  • Broadbeach
  • Burleigh Beach
  • Bilinga Beach
  • Coolangatta Beach
  • Currumbin Beach
  • Elkhorn Avenue
  • Greenmount Beach
  • Kirra Beach
  • Kurrawa Beach
  • Main Beach
  • Mermaid Beach
  • Sheraton Mirage Beach
  • Miami Beach
  • North Burleigh Beach
  • Northcliffe Beach
  • North Kirra Beach
  • Narrow Neck
  • Nobby Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Rainbow Bay
  • Staghorn Avenue Beach
  • Surfers Paradise Beach
  • Tallebudgera Beach
  • Tugun Beach

Beaches where shark control equipment is no longer in place (as at September 2019)

A Federal Court decision requires that all sharks caught within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park must now be tagged and released alive within 24 hours of capture. At this time, the department cannot safely comply with these new conditions.

As a result, shark control equipment has been removed from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Shark control equipment has been removed from the following beaches.

LocationBeaches without shark control equipment


  • Buchan Point Beach
  • Clifton Cairns Beach
  • Ellis Beach
  • Palm Cove
  • Picnic Bay
  • Alma Bay
  • Nelly Bay
  • Florence Bay
  • Radical Bay
  • Pallerenda Beach


  • Blacks Beach
  • Eimeo Beach
  • Bucasia Beach

Capricorn Coast North

  • Farnborough Beach
  • Yeppoon
  • Cooee Bay

Capricorn Coast South

  • Emu Park
  • Fishermans Beach
  • Tanby Point
  • Mullambin Beach
  • Kemp Beach