Swimming in inland waters

If you’re going swimming, check the depth of the water and temperature. Even on the hottest of days, water in shaded pools or fast flowing rivers can be icy cold. Gorges are particularly prone to sudden changes in conditions where you can experience wind gusts, or torrents and flash floods following heavy rainfall in the upland catchment.

Exercise caution when entering water. If you can see the bottom, remember that the water will not be as deep as it appears. If you can't see the bottom, then you don't know how deep it is and whether there are any submerged obstacles.

Always check for underwater obstacles such as logs and rocks before entering the water. For your safety, do not dive or jump into water.

Never swim alone, ensure that someone else is there to provide or get help if you need it.

Follow the advice on the Department of Health’s website for 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 our Crocodile safety and myth busting fact sheet and Crocodile brochure.  Heed all risk warning signs, however just because a sign isn’t there doesn’t mean crocodiles aren’t present. If unsure contact the nearest Parks and Wildlife office.

Rope swings

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.