See You Later Debbie, Queensland is Back in the Business of Sunshine!

Category: News, Date: 11 April 2017

After the destruction wreaked by Cyclone Debbie, Queensland wants to let you know the sun is shining once again and they are open for business.

North Queensland was recently hit by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, with destructive gusts of around 280km per hour that lasted longer than many previous cyclones. In some areas, she had people locked up and sheltering from her force for approximately 20 hours. With an eye of about 100km wide, she was a doozy.

Four Caravan Holiday Parks share their experiences with us and tell us how they have recovered. They all invite you to participate in the recovery by visiting them once again. Their doors are open and your next great holiday awaits!

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Queens Beach Tourist Village – Bowen

“Many of our trees and plants were uprooted or broken. In some places, we found high walls of vegetation, all mangled together. Many of our signs, lights, fences and shed walls did not stand a chance in the storm and TV aerials, air-conditioners and other electrical equipment also gave up the ghost. Our power was out for 5-7 days and there were one-hour line-ups at our local fuel and grocers when the community needed goods.”

“Luckily though, we live in a world where generators can provide some basic comforts. Many of our team, park residents and guests offered a helping hand in some shape or form. Even though there is still a long way to go with insurance claims, it is very humbling that people care about this place. The generosity that came from surrounding areas offering services to get us going again was fantastic.”

“We’d love it for travellers to spread the word that WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS. We have our peace and tranquillity and lazy beach views to offer once again, so come unwind with us and rejuvenate. If you are passing by, stay a night or two to help reboot our town’s cashflow and maybe place a review online so others know we are back in the business of holidays. Small gestures like this add up and help businesses get back on their feet.”

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BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort – Airlie Beach

“While there was minimal structural damage for us, we had to clear between 200 and 300 truckloads of vegetation from the resort. We are renowned for our lush vegetation and unique plants, and we lost about 30%. But the good news is that it will grow back and for the moment, there is a lot more sunshine on the sites!”

“The clean-up commenced immediately after the devastating weather event, every day has seen us make positive developments. The pool is up and running, as are the facilities. In addition to this, construction has recommenced on our much anticipated 13-slide water park, one of Australia’s largest resort waterslide parks. This is due to open for the winter school holidays, so it’s full steam ahead for us.”

“We are officially re-opening the resort just after the Easter long weekend, so the 2,000 Easter eggs we ordered for the resort’s activities could have been wasted. Instead, we donated these to the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre to distribute as a little token to families doing it tough over Easter.”

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The Park – Mackay

“I think Mackay largely dodged a bullet with Cyclone Debbie. We had a minimal clean up compared to our not so fortunate neighbours in Airlie Beach. However, we still had a mountain of palm fronds and debris to deal with none the less!”

“We became a haven for travellers unable to continue north or south for a few days, and for those who needed a power supply. We opened our laundries to our neighbours and a few came in for hot showers. We still have flood victims in a cabin while they sort out their insurance and accommodation issues.”

“The sun is shining on our region again and the humidity is dropping, so we’re in for a beautiful Easter. There is still plenty to see and do in North Queensland so travellers should not be shy of enjoying their next holiday up this way.”

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Hydeaway Bay Caravan Park – The Whitsundays

“Debbie and the following storm hit us hard. We were lucky in that we had relatively little structural damage, but we lost a lot of trees and sustained damage to gardens. We have been able to bounce back with the assistance of the army, council, our family and friends – they all assisted with what was a major clean-up.”

“The acts of good will we encountered were numerous. The community were right behind us and many of our regular guests contacted us to send their wishes. On the bright side, we don’t have to prune for a while! So, come see us and experience the beautiful Whitsundays. We may have a little less shade that we used to, but we still have lots of hospitality and the views are wonderful!


You could win $5,000 worth of Dometic RV products PLUS $5,000 worth of vouchers for use in participating Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ) member parks just by staying in a CPAQ member park prior to 31 December 2017.


The Detail:

  • Stay in a Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ) member park prior to 31 December 2017 to be eligible to enter the draw.
  • One entry per transaction per week.
  • Must be a paying guest.
  • All guests whether staying on sites or in fixed accommodation are eligible to enter.
  • Entries must be lodged personally at a CPAQ member park.
  • The prize consists of $5,000 worth of Dometic RV products plus $5,000 worth of vouchers for use in participating Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ) member establishments, redeemable between January 2018 and 31 December 2019.
  • Entries close 31 December 2017.

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