Swimming in inland waters

Even though inland waterways look inviting, especially when the surface is calm, they pose many hidden dangers.

If you’re going swimming then:

Know the hazards and know your limitations so that you don’t put yourself or others in danger. Also 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.