Swimming in inland waters
If you’re going swimming, then:
- Swim within your ability
- Be aware of medical conditions
- Don’t drink and drown
- Learn lifesaving skills.
Don’t put yourself or others in danger. Check more information on swimming safety, hazards and understanding your limitations as well as the Department of Health’s Tips for healthy swimming.
Crocodiles live in a wide variety of habitats in the State's north including freshwater rivers and billabongs up to 200km from the coast. Crocs are common, crocs move around and crocs are deadly so Be Crocwise and download the Crocodile safety and myth busting fact sheet. Read and follow the advice on all risk warning signs, however, if there is no risk warning sign, it does not mean that crocodiles are not present. If you are unsure, contact the nearest Parks and Wildlife Service office.
Several incidents around Australia, involving the use of rope swings have resulted in serious injuries in recent years. Don't use or make rope swings, as trees and their limbs can break easily, without warning and there may be submerged hazards. If there are trees near the water's edge, there are likely to be logs or limbs in the water. Some fall in and others are washed in by floods. Logs and limbs, along with rocks and other submerged hazards may not be visible.
'Tombstoning' is a name given to climbing cliffs or rocks and jumping into the water below. The name indicates how dangerous this activity is. It has resulted in extremely serious injuries and deaths. Do not do it.