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Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

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Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

We are going to Palm Cove in August 2018. Are there crocodiles there or is the beach safe to swim?

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1. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

There are occasional, but regular sightings of crocodiles of various sizes at Palm Cove.

This is an old thread, but the crocodiles will only have grown in six years: https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g26…

Swim only where the locals swim.

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2. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

Hi,

Palm Cove has a patrolled swimming area which is marked by flags & is safe to swim at. Please read all signs before entering the water.

cairnslifesaving.org.au/surf-club/…

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3. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

And do not walk down by the waters edge or in the water at night time anywhere in FNQ - you are at risk of being taken by a croc this way.

Cheers.

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4. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

It's rare but can happen. Check at the patrolled area first if worried. It's far less likely than sharks at southern beaches.

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5. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

Hi,

Be aware and alert we need more wares and lerts.

http://www.cairnsunlimited.com/safetravel.htm

Cheers,

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6. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

Becoming more common.

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7. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

Assume there are, I do! One was found in the swimming enclosure I read recently... make sure you are faster than some other person nearby.

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8. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

Crocodiles have been spotted in the water off Palm Cove for quite a few years and their presence has closed the beach recently. It is safe to assume that any creek, river, beach or body of water here has a crocodile in residence.There is a wetland/lagoon at the southern end of Palm Cove which has been known on several occasions to have a resident crocodile. If you do swim at the beach only swim between the flags. You should be fine there as "Crocodile season" begins in September and the life guards will be on the lookout. If you are worried check with the lifeguards first. However NEVER swim at night and avoid the waters edge at night.

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9. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

We were there the week before Christmas and there was a crocodile in residence for a couple of days. We saw it swimming some 100 yards off of the beach. The sectioned off swimming area was closed for 48 hours around then

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10. Re: Crocodiles in Palm Cove?

Only 48 hours is good. As long as everyone can rely on it being absent for 363 days a year, what's to worry about?

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