These tropical beaches and waters are usually a scene of beaUty and tranquility with their lovely clear turquoise waters..Water sports are always on the agenda when travelling to and staying in these wonderful destinations.
Unfortuneately these beatifully clear blue waters are not without their dangers..Swimming here between the months of October till May can be extremely dangerous as that is when the "Box Jellyfish" are at their worst in these waters also Irakanji stingers..Unless you have a special Lycra swimsuit (that apparently can be hired) swimming is a definate NO NO!!. The local council has built a small beach and swimming area for everyone to avoid these dangers..These are wonderful grassed areas along with BBQ's and are kept exceptionally clean and wonderful for families and small children..
DO NOT bring glass bottles to these areas.
Please DO NOT leave rubbish around Please use the bins. ..
AIRLIE BEACH AND WHITSUNDAYS
This is just a wonderful part of the world to spend as much time as you possible can.. I thought this to be one of the finest places that I have ever been anywhere in the world. Like all place in or near the tropics there are always lots of bugs to spoil the party... I always carry and use a strong Mosquito and insect repellant when travelling up here..Mosquitos in the early mornings and evenings being the worst offenders..These also are extremely dangerous as they carry many viruses..but they aren't the only ones..make sure at the worst times to cover all exposed skin with a strong repellant. Don't forget your ears!!
Also I wear loose fitting, light clothing in the evenings with long sleeves. .Surely will make your evening a more enjoyable one.
Airlie Beach is inhabited by potentially fatal marine stingers, which are a type of jellyfish, from November to May.
In order to provide a safe spot for tourists to swim the local council has built a medium sized swimming lagoon on the foreshore.
If you are in Oz during 'stinger season' all of your tour guides will advise you to wear stinger suits. They are the highly attractive, and highly effective lycra wet suits that will protect the majority of your body from jellyfish stings. The only parts of your body not protected are your face, hands and feet. As this picture shows, they are not at all flattering.
If there will be swimming or snorkeling involved, most tours have them availabe for rent.
Ok. So this may be a bit harsh but alas the large lagoon / pool in Airlie Beach doesn't come without its own risks.
With so many swimming in the pool each day, and then people performing other activities at night one should be aware of the risk.
Though minimal the risk is there. They plonk a lot of chlorine each night into the pool but still I know many a person came from the pool with a cold or cough.
During the months October through to May it is "stinger" season in northern Queensland... You may want to hire/buy a lycra suit to swim in if you plan to swim in the ocean during those months.
Otherwise you can swim in the lagoon at Airlie Beach or a pool at your resort and be safe from any stingers. :)
Between October and May swimming in the sea can be restricted due to the deadly stingers that drift about in these waters.There are two ways to avoid trouble though, hire a stinger suit, a one piece lycra body suit for a few dollars a day, sexy! or do what i did and go to the fantastic man made lagoon on the sea front.