Packers Creek has new visitor lurking
AN INQUISITIVE saltwater crocodile surprised a couple of tourists taking a walk around Packers Creek behind Rendezvous Resort last Thursday evening.
Allan and Marianne Pride, who escape the cold for six months a year in Port Douglas at Rendezvous and summer in Perth, were going for a walk alongside the creek when they spotted the croc sitting on the opposite bank, quietly watching people.
“It was easily 3.5m, you could see the big head resting on the rock with its body and tail right around into the bushes,” Marianne said.
“We pointed it out to another group walking along the creek and one girl swore and ran the other way.
“We went for our walk and came back and the crocodile crossed the water to our side.”
The Prides took a couple of quick snaps of the crocodile but when it started swimming towards them they walked away and called the police, who informed them to contact Parks and Wildlife rangers.
“I didn’t know they get that big until I saw him, in the morning we went back and it was just swimming past the same spot,” Allan said.
“He just stopped, sank down and had his head out watching me.
“I wonder if that guy’s a regular, it was interesting.”
The Prides said they will be more cautious on their walks in future and would like to see some warning signs on the walking tracks behind Rendezvous and surrounding properties.
If you spot a crocodile in a populated area and it has eyes for you and would like to inform the authorities, contact Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 1300 130 372.
Out and about: the crocodile spotted in Packers Creek last week