Spinnaker Park Beach has been closed until further notice due to a crocodile sighting in the area.
Spinnaker Park Beach has been closed until further notice due to a crocodile sighting in the area. Georgia Baines

UPDATE: 2-3m croc sighting shuts down Spinnaker Park Beach

5.10pm: IT HAS been confirmed the crocodile behind the temporary closing of Spinnaker Park Beach this afternoon was first spotted swimming near the coal export terminal wharf and near Barney Point wharf in Gladstone Harbour.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) said CCTV images show the animal is between two and three metres in length.

"[It] has not displayed any aggressive behaviour," an EHP release stated.

"The areas in the harbour where the animal was observed are located in the General management zone under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

Crocodiles in that zone are only targeted for removal if they are displaying aggressive behaviour or their location poses a significant threat to public safety."

EHP staff have placed "recent sighting" signs at the nearest public access points, and also notified Maritime Safety Queensland.

The EHP release strongly encouraged members to report crocodiles to them on 1300 130 372. 

The Boyne River is located at what is considered to be the southern limit of croc country in Queensland, according to the spokesperson..

"It is very important to always be Crocwise in Croc Country. In particular":

  • Obey croc warning signs
  • Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
  • Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
  • Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
  • Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
  • Always supervise children
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.

4pm: SPINNAKER Park Beach has been closed until further notice due to a crocodile sighting in the area.

Gladstone Ports Corporation was advised about 3pm today a crocodile had been spotted at Auckland Point wharf.

It is believed the crocodile was first seen about one hour prior to the beach closure.

About two hours ago, a member of the public shared two photos her husband took after sighting the submerged animal.

Her post in a public Facebook community discussion group said the croc was "in the Gladstone Harbour."

Updates to follow.