Blue skies over Stonehaven last week.
Blue skies over Stonehaven last week.

Tourists welcome in Whitsundays

TOURISM Whitsundays is encouraging tourists to visit our region as the sun continues to shine.

Some national media reports in recent weeks have suggested the entire state has been flooded, resulting in a misconception among holidaymakers down south.

Although many of the state's towns and cities remain under threat of floods with continual rain posing threats to households and businesses, the Whitsundays have escaped the threat.

Tourism Whitsundays chief executive Peter O'Reilly said the region was waiting with open arms ready to welcome tourists, despite the misconception that the whole of Queensland had been flooded.

“Whitsundays locals woke up this morning to blue skies, bright sunshine and calm seas, and have been enjoying this weather since the start of January,” he said on Monday.

“Unfortunately there is a perception that all of Queensland is flooded, and that the Whitsundays isn’t accessible, which just isn’t true.

“We are definitely open for business, and ready and waiting for holiday makers to arrive and enjoy themselves, and there is definitely no need to cancel your holiday months in advance because we’ve had no damage here at all.”

Mr O'Reilly also said the flood affected areas were about 600km south of the Whitsundays posing no threat to transport to the region.

He said both Whitsunday Coast Airport and Hamilton Island Airport remain open and flights are arriving daily from around Australia.

"Our local roads are all open and dry,” he said.

“There is availability at many accommodation houses on the mainland and islands, and tours to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and on the water are all operating as normal."


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