Box Jellyfish in November

Old Aug 8th, 2008, 07:53 AM
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Box Jellyfish in November

I am planning a trip to Cairns in November, but have read that the Box Jellyfish make Queensland beaches unswimable at that time of the year. I am assuming this means that the outer reef and islands are off limits as well. Is my assumption correct?

If so, what other activities would you suggest for 3 or 4 days in Cairns? Is it still worth a trip out to one of the islands, just to walk around and explore if we can't swim?

We are also considering taking the Skyrail gondola and/or the train to Kuranda for a day, or possibly a wildlife spotting tour of the rainforest. Any feedback on there or other (better?) options would be appreciated.
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I read (in my Fodor's guide actually!) that box jellyfish are only a problem on the mainland, they aren't an issue on the outer reef or the islands. But you should get back up on that just in case (although I did go back and recheck and that is exactly what is says in the guide). Enjoy your trip!
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Old Aug 8th, 2008, 05:26 PM
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PatW will give you the up-to-date situation if she sees this, as she has lived in Cairns for many years and has first hand knowledge.

In the meantime, do a search "Box Jellyfish" on this forum - there are myriad posts.

Suffice to say, the patrolled beaches impacted in "jellyfish season" will be netted and if you're diving/swimming/snorkelling with an organised group, the operators will tell you whether you need to wear a lycra suit if they're around.

The jellyfish inhabit a very small proportion of Qld waters.
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You can go to the outer reefs you just have to wear a stinger suit.
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Box Jelly fish breed in mangroves and inhabit inshore waters.
Some islands are affected so it is best to ask. The outer islands and reef are free of this jelly fish.

You can always go to the Atherton Tablelands for a swim but there is not much coral at 750 metres above sea level.
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Its very unlikely you'll need a stinger suit for outer reef, the reef boats do keep them for those who are worried. Be guided by the crew here, they are aware of likely dangers. At least a lycra stinger suit will protect you from sunburn, a far likelier danger.

For expert reef knowledge, go to Reef Teach in Cairns, every evening from 6.30pm except Sundays, these people do know what they are talking about and will give you insights into all aspects GBR which you will never find in a guide book.

Skyrail/Kuranda train is strictly a day trip, not much to be seen in terms of wildlife. Suggest you google the area for some excellent wildlife operators, remembering that most wildlife you are probably interested in is nocturnal.
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