In a recent online story Angela Saurine reports Australians are cancelling holidays in the wake of natural disasters, particularly to Queensland, but I suspect to areas surrounding Christchurch too.
The damage caused by floods and Cyclone Yasi in Queensland is perceived to be more widespread than it actually is. While there is significant damage to Mission Beach, and Bedarra, Dunk and Hayman Islands are closed temporarily, most of the rest of Queensland is open for business, and desperate for visitors.
We can show our support for Queenslanders by taking a holiday in the Whitsundays, Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast. Or go bush on a Dreamtime Journey with Kookaburra Tours in Far North Queensland where you can also stay in Australia’s first carbon neutral bush retreat, Hidden Valley Cabins which only sustained some vegetation damage in the cyclone.
Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism is also urging visitors to return to the region. The beautiful 5 star Charlotte Jane Hotel opened its doors again this week and is eager to welcome visitors back to the hotel and restaurant.
Head inland from Christchurch to the thermal pools and spa at Hamner Springs or travel seaward to the picturesque harbour-side village of Akaroa, where it is business as usual. A local tells me you might feel a few mild aftershocks, but that would make a memorable holiday anecdote.