Travellers are urged to let their friends and families know they are safe and the sun is still shining in Airlie Beach.
Travellers are urged to let their friends and families know they are safe and the sun is still shining in Airlie Beach.

No floods in the Whitsundays

BACKPACKERS and other tourists have been urged to let their family and friends know they are safe in the Whitsundays and far removed from the dangerous flood zones that now affect almost five Australian States.

Many residents have received phone calls and emails from concerned relatives but they should rest assured the sun is still shining in the Whitsundays.

There have also been reports of people from several countries concerned about their family members who are holidaying in Queensland.

Whitsunday police senior constable John Bentley urged tourists to let their family know of their whereabouts.

“Keep family members fully advised of your travel intentions and make them aware that given the conditions, they could be relatively fluid plans at this stage,”he said.

Snr Const Bentley also reminded travellers who were planning to head south by road to regularly check the RACQ website for updates on road conditions.

“The RACQ website seems to be the most frequently updated site and if you have a CB radio, check in with the truckies on the road,” he said.

Tourism Whitsundays chief executive Peter O’Reilly said he had heard stories where parents of young travellers had said they would pay money to “get them out of that place [Australia].”

“To hear that people are hitting the panic button back home (overseas) for these young travellers, it would be good to put their minds at ease,” he said.

Queenslandis a very big state and even though 75 per cent of it might be experiencing floods, this has not affected the Whitsundays.

AirlieBeach is more than five hours drive from Rockhampton and 12 hours drive from Brisbane.

It is not close to any area affected by floods at the moment and the forecast for the weekend is mostly fine with only a shower or two.


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