The glossy brochures paint a picture of swaying palms, blue skies, tropical rainforests and famous reefs. But do tourists know they are coming to one of the world's most perilous zones?
They can be bitten, poisoned, stung, attacked and eaten by unfriendly wildlife!
Why would anyone want to visit? Crocs inhabit our creeks. Jellyfish infest our coastal waters. Mossies drink our blood and make us sick. Cassowaries pack a powerful kick. A brush with the wrong tree can be very painful. Large reef fish can be poisonous to eat. Deadly cone shells lie in wait on the reef.
Tourists come to tropical north Queensland looking for a paradise. But do they know what they will find? For example, living side by side with crocs is not very comfortable, for them or for us! And yet more and more of us want to move into their patch.
All tourists should beware the perils of our tropical wildlife! (taken from Cairns Post, 11 April 1998)