However, it has happened.
Most commonly, crocodiles that are spotted around the Airlie Beach area are in marinas such as Coral Sea Marina. While it is extremely rare, it can always be a possibility.
Crocodiles don’t live in the Airlie Beach area but in passing through they may stop in to the marina and hang out for a few days. The reason for this is because crocodiles like ‘dirty’ water to hunt in and marina water is the closest thing to ‘dirty’ water that we have around here.
South of Airlie Beach, we have the inlet to the Proserpine River, which does have crocodiles. Luckily for us, they very rarely venture beyond the mouth of the river.
Are there crocodiles in The Whitsundays?
Again, the simplest answer here is just a solid no. There are not usually crocodiles found in The Whitsundays.
Crocodiles very rarely venture out to sea as they prefer muddy water for hunting. Crocodiles are also territorial animals that will generally never venture more than a few kilometres from their home.
Seven years ago, a small crocodile was washed out of the Proserpine River during extremely heavy rainfall. That small crocodile made it’s way to Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island. When it was spotted, it was then tracked by Boat and Helicopter until it swam north-west towards Bowen.
This is an indication of how rare it is to find a crocodile in The Whitsundays.
What if you want to see a crocodile while visiting Airlie Beach?
Bredls’ Wild Farm is located an hour drive south of Airlie Beach towards Mackay. If you want to see these prehistoric beasts up close, then we highly recommend doing it from behind a fence.