Killer serpent in Australia’s holiday Garden of Eden: Deadly brown snake is spotted lurking metres from tourists at Byron Bay’s idyllic main beach
- Tourists spotted a brown snake slithering down the stairs towards the sand
- Families with young children and babies were sitting just metres away
- Beachgoers were seen picking up their belongings and fleeing from danger
- Tourists spent 45 minutes watching the two-metre snake before it disappeared
A deadly brown snake was spotted lurking just metres away from tourists at one of Byron Bay’s idyllic beaches.
Beachgoers looked on in horror as the two-metre serpent slithered down the steps towards the sand at Wategos Beach at about midday on Tuesday.
Young children were playing just metres away from the snake at the popular surfing spot south of Brisbane.
A deadly brown snake was spotted just metres away from tourists at one of Byron Bay’s beaches
The serpent was seen slithering towards the sand where beachgoers looked on in horror
The snake camouflaged perfectly with the undergrowth as it made its way into the surrounding bushland.
‘I saw two women sunbathing on the sand and they had no idea the snake was only five metres away from them,’ one beachgoer told Daily Mail Australia.
‘They yelled loudly and quickly ran off after someone told them to watch out.’
‘We spent about 45 minutes watching the snake go from one end of the beach to the other,’ the bystander said.
The eastern brown travelled across the 300-metre stretch of land, before disappearing into the national park.
Many decided to leave the beach in a bid to keep their families away from danger.
One young mother was seen frantically grabbing her items situated near the snake before swiftly moving away with her young child.
At one point, the snake was captured on a patch of grass next to the sand and was almost camouflaged around among the tree bark
Tourists with young children were seen picking up their belongings and moving away from danger
A lifeguard arrived at the scene and put a warning sign by the steps where the snake was spotted.
National park staff at the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, where the beach is located, were notified about the snake.
Staff assured families the reptile wasn’t targeting people but was hunting for prey around the bush and in between large rocks.
‘They basically told us to mind our own business,’ the beachgoer said.
Tourists were told to leave the snake alone, as it would eventually leave the scene.
A lifeguard arrived at the scene and stood a snake warning sign at the steps where the eastern brown was spotted
The eastern brown is the second deadliest snake in Australia, after the Inland Taipan.
The snake’s bite is responsible for the most deaths than any other snake in the country.