27 January, 2011
The recent floods in Queensland took an incredible toll on the state and its people. Nevertheless, they were in no way cataclysmic: the state is on the rebound, people are rebuilding, and much of the tourism infrastructure remains unaffected.
If you are planning a trip to Cairns, the Whitsundays, the Sunshine Coast, or the Gold Coast, these areas were unaffected. Doors are open and its business as usual - as the photos below and these videos amply demonstrate. If you are concerned about the viability of your plans, please call operators and accommodation bookings for updates, rather than cancelling outright.
As for The Great Barrier Reef, visibility remains strong and the reef is looking good. Tourism operators in the area - including the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Townsville and Tropical North Queensland - are operating normally, including dive, sailing and daytrip companies.
Many regions impacted by the floods - including the Capricorn Coast and Bundaberg - are now reopening their doors and reaching out to tourists to help kickstart local businesess again. Yet another way you can help those in need.
Brisbane tourism is recovering quickly. Many businesses have resumed operation or will do so in the next few days and weeks. The Airport, Airtrain, and cruise terminal remain open. Similarly, most hotels in the city region were unaffected. Those that were endeavour to be open some time in February.
The CBD is operational, including the majority of the city's 700+ shops. For updates on the attractions in the Cultural Precinct, which were affected by the floods, see specific websites, including the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
For up-to-the-minute recovery updates, consult the Queensland flood news and alerts.