Marine stingers can be found in North Queensland waters during the summer months, often from October through to May, and you can check the North Queensland Surf Lifesaving website to see whether beach swimming enclosures (stinger nets) are in the water or have been taken out.
When stinger nets are in place, you should only swim in the ocean if you are inside the nets. Protective clothing is recommended.
There are stinger net swimming enclosures on the Cassowary Coast at:
- Etty Bay near Innisfail
- Kurrimine Beach
- North Mission and South Mission Beach
In addition, there are public swimming pools at Innisfail, Tully and Cardwell. For more information see this website's Swimming Pools page.