we are about to spend 3 weeks in oz over xmas/ ny's - most of it in north half of queensland. my daughter is working in sydney for the summer and has done a general canvas of opinion re. swimming/ stinger issue. despite industry and tripad assurances otherwise 100% of people she has canvassed have said there is no real chance of any 'swimming' in stinger infested whitsundays over the period xmas/ ny's. now, grumpy as i am getting with the travel industry in general and crap market research, the prospect of spending 3 hot days sitting on a tall ship and long days to drive there etc without cooling off in the sea is a serious medical issue (circulation) and there is no possibility of getting it wrong (we chose oz for shorter flight). so, i am going to legally reframe my questions to certain travel departments and i will post the answers on tripadvisor. yes photos are taken on best days but overtly misleading advertising is another thing. esp when it results in health crisis/ potential death. if queensland is hot as hades it is unrealistic to suggest visitors wont miss swimming and that stingers are a non-issue. i cannot think of a travel promo for oz that doesnt include frolicking on a beach /in the sea. other countries openly admit to seasonal drawbacks at great economic cost and i dont see why there should be so much ambiguity with regard to travelling in oz. if its a lousy time to travel its a lousy time to travel.