German tourist Justin recovering in Hervey Bay Hospital after being mauled by dingoes on Fraser Island.
German tourist Justin recovering in Hervey Bay Hospital after being mauled by dingoes on Fraser Island. Alistair Brightman

Tourist tells of dingo face-off

"THEY were biting my legs and arms. I tried to protect myself with everything I had. I had a torch, but I lost it fighting the dingoes."

The tourist who survived a chilling attack by Fraser Island dingoes was under no illusions yesterday that he had survived a dice with death.

His body was swathed in bandages as he lay back on his Hervey Bay Hospital bed after undergoing two operations to clean and close gaping wounds suffered in the weekend attack.

The German man, who wanted to be known only as Justin, described hitting out at the dingoes as they bit at him. As he'd scare one off, another would move in snapping and biting.

They took turns to clamp down on his arms and legs on the remote and dark bush track.

"I was really scared and hoping they would just go away, but they didn't," he said.

"It was like a nightmare."

Justin said he was screaming and crying out for help as the dingoes circled him, but his cries were not loud enough to rouse his friends sleeping at the camp just 800 metres away.

"I was thinking they would kill me, but I didn't stop fighting," he said.

"Then I tried to play dead so they would leave me alone, but that didn't work and they kept going. They would go away and come back."

When the dingoes backed off for just a moment, Justin took his chance and ran for his life, scrambling through the bush and climbing about two metres up a tree to escape, only for the branch to break.

What followed was the longest and coldest night of his life, as he waited for dawn so he could find his way back to the camp.



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