The Territory is home to exquisite (and some dangerous) wildlife so avoid feeding native animals, and exercise caution when swimming.
The Northern Territory is home to some of the world’s most exquisite wildlife, and some of the most dangerous. To keep safe on your holiday, avoid feeding and playing with native animals, and exercise caution when swimming.
Fresh and saltwater crocodiles are present in waterways – at beaches, in rivers and estuaries, and in waterholes – across the Northern Territory all year round. Saltwater crocodiles can be very dangerous: they are known to attack people and pets, and can travel quickly on land as well as in water. Be careful to observe all crocodile warning signs, and only ever swim in designated areas – if in doubt, do not swim, and avoid the water’s edge.
Box jellyfish, also known as stingers, are present in Northern Territory coastal waters and at Northern Territory beaches. The jellyfish deliver a painful, sometimes fatal, sting, and are particularly dangerous to children and the elderly. They are most prevalent from October to May – do not swim in the sea during these months – but stings have occurred throughout the year, so it’s advisable to take precautions all year round. Wear protective clothing (stinger suit) and if you are stung, flood the sting with vinegar and seek urgent medical attention.
Insects, spiders and snakes
The Northern Territory has its fair share of creepy crawlies: mosquitoes and other biting insects, spiders and snakes. If walking, keep to clearly marked paths, wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. When camping, keep your tent zipped and tap your shoes out before putting them on. Mosquitoes are most present at dawn and dusk, so cover up with long pants and sleeves, and use a reliable repellent or mosquito coils.
In an emergency, call 000 for an ambulance or transport to a hospital.