The Whitsundays bounces back after Cyclone Debbie
The Whitsundays continue to flourish after bouncing back from Cyclone Debbie, a category 4 storm that hit the region on 28 March 2017.
While the region may be in recovery mode for a while, this doesn't stop tourists from flocking to the Whitsundays. During Easter Holidays, which fell shortly after the cyclone, the region saw many tourist coming to the area to see the Islands and Reef for themselves, despite the storm or what they had heard. Local operators, hotels and restaurants were kept busy, and continue to be busy in the aftermath of the storm.
The Whitsunday region has long been a favourite for both Australians and international travellers alike and still continues to be. Icons like Whitehaven Beach, the inner fringing reefs, The Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands still continue to be as beautiful as ever, and offer a little piece of paradise to people from all over the world. New reefs have been discovered, leafs have grown back on trees and the tourism industry
Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, Daydream Island and Airlie Beach saw the worst of the weather, with damages occurring to the vegetation, facades and some structural damages. While locals continue to cleanup the area and get rid of any debris left behind by the cyclone, tour operators, hotel owners and tourism officials welcome guests with open arms to come see what the Whitsundays are all about.
The Whitsundays were the fourth most popular destination in Australia during the Easter season that followed the cyclone. The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Great Ocean Road and Cairns came first, followed closely by the Whitsundays, which was full of willing visitors. The region saw tourists congregate in large numbers to the area as normal and look forward to welcoming future travellers to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world throughout the coming months and year.