I've read that between november and may it is "jellyfish season" in the north. how serious is this. I've seen tv specials about box jellyfish and irukandji but they seem over dramatic. Is it really that bad. I plan on being in townesville and cairns for the majority of my trip. Is it okay to go in the water after may in the winter months?
I have travelled along the east coast from November to January and unfortunately at this time of the year there are actually lots of nasty jelly fish around. But that doesn't mean you'll completely have to stay out of the water. I went diving in Cairns and around Townsville wearing a stinger suit and as for going swimming, on most beaches they have areas in the water that are surrounded by a huge net and are therefore save to go in. just don't risk anything and you should be fine .
Yep, if you don't mind wearing a stinger suit you can still go in the water. The effects of these jellyfish sound horrendous and a few people do get stung every year so it's not worth risking it without....