Foreign media slam Fraser Island beaches as 'dangerous'

FRASER Coast beaches are getting served negative publicity around the world as the foreign press decides it's unsafe to venture in for a swim in our seas.

The United Kingdom's Telegraph, the United States' Huffington Post and one of Sweden's top newspapers, Expressen, have slammed our sandy shores as dangerous, listing us as one of the most dangerous beaches globally.

"The seas surrounding Fraser Island, to the south-east of Queensland, are a no-go zone," the Telegraph published.

"That is unless you mind swimming with sharks and jellyfish, while battling strong rip currents.

"Head inland and you're likely to bump into some of the world's deadliest spiders, the odd saltwater crocodile, as well as dingoes, which are known to occasionally attack humans."

The Expressen of Sweden gave equally uninviting perspectives on our native fauna.

"The water outside Queensland at the Australian east coast is not to be trifled with," they wrote in their list of the world's 14 most dangerous beaches. Especially the area around Fraser Island is crawling with dangerous aquatic animals. Sharks, poisonous octopus but above all, sorts of poisonous jellyfish."

Expressen said between October and April, jellyfish coast along northern Australia and Queensland beaches, with many of them cordoned off due to stinger risks.

"The jellyfish harvests up to 200 lives a year," they said.

"Pangs are so painful that many sufferers die of heart attacks before they reach land."

Surf Lifesaving Queensland regional manager for the Wide Bay Capricorn Craig Holden said the jellyfish death rate published by Expressen was simply not true.

"We know there have been possible irukandji stings at Fraser Island in the past, but it's still a lot safer than some other beaches," Mr Holden said.

"It's not recommended to swim at any beaches that are not patrolled.

"Big surf and strong currents tend to pose greater risks than sharks or jellyfish."



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