Aftermath of cyclone Yasi

Bedarra Island Resort, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

Bedarra Island Resort was the jewel in the crown of these islands off the Capricorn coast of North Queensland. The rich and famous came here and were willing to pay up to $6000 per night for the beauty and seclusion of this idyllic Pacific ocean retreat. That was before February 2011 when in one horrific night the eye of cyclone Yasi passed over and totally trashed every thing.

For $30 each we took the water taxi that took us round the islands and then dropped us off at Bedarra to have a look around for an hour. Every leaf was stripped from the trees and palms flattened by the cyclone, but in the 8 months since the cyclone the regrowth is starting to cover the ruins.

On the way back we passed Dunk Island most of which is a National Park and this was the playground for the masses. A very popular place for a family day trip. It is now closed and the shop and tea rooms and toilet facilities were flattened. The good news is that they have just started to demolish the ruins and are going to rebuild after a long hassle with the insurance company. It may be ready for Christmas outings….

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