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.

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.

Beaches with shark control equipment

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

AreaBeaches 
Bundaberg
  • Bargara
  • Kelly's Beach
  • Nielson Park Oaks Beach
Capricorn Coast
  • Lammermoor Beach (southern end)
 
Gladstone
  • North Tannum Sands Beach to Canoe Point (not a patrolled 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
Mackay
  • Harbour Beach
  • Lamberts Beach
  • South Lamberts Beach
 
North Stradbroke Island
  • Amity Point
  • Cylinder Beach
  • Flinders Beach
  • Ocean 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
Townsville and Magnetic Island
  • The Strand (Kissing Point)
 

Locations of shark control equipment

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 completely from the following locations:

Location Equipment removed fromMaps

Cairns

  • Buchans Point Beach
  • Clifton Cairns Beach
  • Ellis Beach
  • Holloways Beach
  • Trinity Beach
  • Yorkeys Knob
  • Palm Cove

Capricorn Coast South

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

Shark control equipment has been removed from the marine park and additional equipment installed outside the marine park in the following locations:

Location Equipment removed from Additional equipment installedMaps

Townsville and Magnetic Island

  • Alma Bay
  • Florence Bay
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Nelly Bay
  • Pallarenda Beach
  • Picnic Bay
  • Radical Bay
  • The Strand (3 new drumlines)

Mackay

  • Blacks Beach
  • Bucasia Beach
  • Eimeo Beach
  • South Lamberts Beach (3 new drumlines)
  • Harbour Beach (3 new drumlines)

Capricorn Coast North

  • Cooee Bay
  • Farnborough Beach
  • Lammermoor Beach (northern end)
  • Yeppoon
  • Lammermoor Beach (2 new drumlines)

Tannum Sands

  • South Tannum Sands Beach – patrolled beach
  • North Tannum Sands Beach to Canoe Point – (6 new drumlines)

Existing equipment remains in place south of Townsville in the following locations: