Visitor Safety

Keep Queensland Visitors Safe! 

While Queensland is a friendly and safe place to travel, it does pose some real risks for tourists who are away from their home environment (e.g. tourists who aren’t strong swimmers or who aren’t fluent in English).

Engaging with your visitors directly - talking to them clearly about safety risks - reduces the likelihood of accidents and injuries, ensuring that they have a memorable and safe holiday experience.

Water Safety 

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council partners with Surf Life Saving Queensland each year to update the Water Safety Handbook.

The Water Safety Handbook (now in its 6th edition) is a set of best practice guidelines for tourism operators to assist in keeping Queensland's visitors safe in all aquatic envirnonments and therefore, has been updated as part of the ongoing priority that Tourism Industry stakeholders have towards achieving the aim of 'Zero water deaths' held by the Queensland Visitor Safety Working Group.

It is intended that tourism operators refer to these guidelines to develop their own operations manuals and to utilise the checklists to conduct regular safety audits. The resource also includes links to download the Beach Safety App which has direct access to up to date information on Queensland’s beaches, translated to a variety of languages.

To access a downloadable, printable version of the Water Safety Handbook, please click here

Business Queensland website provides a number of safety tips to help keep visitors safe while holidaying in Queensland’s beautiful recreational spaces: