01/01/2017 10:08 AM AEDT | Updated 01/01/2017 10:30 AM AEDT

Queensland Locals Come Across New Year's Eve Crocodile

Cops used hale bales to corral the croc.

A bog croc wandered into the town of Karumba on NYE.
Queensland Police
A bog croc wandered into the town of Karumba on NYE.

While millions of Aussie revellers rang in 2017 with friends and family, locals in the far north Queensland town of Karumba were spending New Year's Eve with a 3.5 metre crocodile.

The massive predator took up residence in the backyard of a residence in the town, located more than 2,000 kilometres north of Brisbane, Saturday morning.

Police said the croc "enjoyed basking in the backyard for a few hours from around 6am" before moving out to the front gate where he stayed for the rest of the day.

Officers and locals first tried to contain the croc with some wheelie bins in an attempt to move him back towards the water.

That didn't work, so they tried hale bales instead.

"Officers then made the large scale decision to box him in with hay bales and contain him until wildlife experts from Cairns arrived to relocate him," police said.

While the croc encounter doesn't seem to have taken the gloss of NYE for locals, others in the past haven't been so fortunate, with a woman killed in far north Queensland by a saltie as recently as mid-2016.