Archive for February, 2011

Business as usual in Cairns and out on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

It’s been three weeks now since Tropical Cyclone Yasi had us all quivering in our boots. Although the cleanup is still ongoing around some regions of the Cassowary Coast, here in Cairns you would barely know that Australia’s largest cyclone in living memory had made landfall just a short distance south of our tropical city. We have been enjoying glorious weather and idyllic reef conditions for the past week or two, and customers have been returning from the Great Barrier Reef with terrific photos from our Digital Underwater Cameras.

Maria and I have been too busy to visit the reef this year so far, but our little boy Nicholas does give us a good excuse to hit the pool several times a day. He’s a real water baby… the first photo below is in our home pool, the other two are from Cairns’ lovely lagoon on the Esplanade

 

Cairns escapes the worst of Cyclone Yasi’s fury…

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

… but our fellow Queenslanders in the small towns of the nearby Cassowary Coast copped a battering. Our thoughts go out to those in and around Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach and Innisfail. The immense task these people have in front of them is something that most of us could not imagine.

To put the sheer size of this cyclone into perspective, remember that Australia is roughly the same size as the mainland United States. Now imagine this great monster - in the map to the right - bearing down on the northeastern states of America… how many states would it completely engulf? 18? 20? And it continued to reek havoc as a cyclone until it was almost 2000km inland in the centre of the continent!

Here in Cairns, the long wait was more torturous than the cyclone itself, as we watched the projected trajectory slowly creeping further south (away from us) only to then climb again before finally dipping south…

There are trees down around town, and some minor damage to buildings. Here at home, we had one small tree snapped off at the trunk (I never liked that tree anyway!) and we lost electricity for about 18 hours. Many of our friends are still without electricity, but for Maria and Nicholas and I, life has returned to normal….

Sadly our business – and the rest of the local tourist industry – will suffer for months as a result L