Visitor Safety Advice

Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef is a welcoming place to travel to, and while generally safe you should always be mindful of your surroundings and potential risks.

If English is your second language, let your tour provider know. It is imperative that you are aware of all safety risks involved in any activity, whether it’s a tour to the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest, or a day at the beach. If tour operators don’t offer the tour in your preferred language, often multilingual printed material may be available.   

Following are a range of safety tips to keep in mind while discovering everything this diverse and beautiful region offers.

  • Beach safety: Learn what the flags mean, how to identify a rip, and what to do if caught in one.
  • Learn about the potential dangers when swimming in creeks, lakes, rivers, and dams
  • Heat and sun safety: Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Find out what you need to do to protect yourself from the heat and sun.
  • Read up about safety when visiting parks and forests.
  • Read up on camp safety and boating safety. 
  • Read about dangerous marine life.  

Safety information can be found on the Queensland Government website at


If you’re keen to learn all you can about the Reef prior to embarking on a day trip, consider Reef Teach in Cairns. Designed to enhance your Great Barrier Reef adventure, this highly entertaining two-hour course, led by a qualified marine biologist, will amaze and inspire you before your exploration. You’ll learn how to identify different species of coral, common fish, and the dangers of the reef

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