How bad is stinger season in November in northern Queensland? I am planning a trip to the beaches between Cairns and Port Douglas for either late October and mid-November. I was there several years ago in October and there were no problems with the stingers. But I've read that they start coming by in November. Sharks, crocs, lions and even honey badgers I can handle. But a box jellyfish scares the bejesus out of me.