Wildlife officers have removed a 1.5m saltwater crocodile from near a children's playground south of Cairns in Australia.

The animal was spotted opposite the playground at a caravan park at Bramston Beach on Tuesday and locals trapped it in a wheelie bin before wildlife officers relocated it.

The Department of Environment is warning residents that heavy rainfall in North and Far North Queensland means crocodiles will be on the move and could turn up in unexpected places.

- AAP

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