Rainy weather sparks tourism spike at Falls

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple from across the globe have made their way up to Far North Queens­land to catch a glimpse of the fast flow­ing Bar­ron Falls.

Af­ter weeks of rain­fall in the re­gion, the iconic at­trac­tion at Ku­randa has wel­comed an in­creased num­ber of vis­i­tors as well as steal­ing the spot­light on so­cial me­dia.

“It’s prob­a­bly one of the most trend­ing im­ages on so­cial me­dia at the mo­ment,” Tourism Ku­randa ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Marc Slee­man said.

“With this bit of rain around, I think a lot of lo­cals have it on their bucket list to go see the falls.

“The whole of Ku­randa as a des­ti­na­tion ben­e­fits when the falls are in full flow.

“There’s a real eco­nomic spike.”

Mr Slee­man said even in the drier months the Bar­ron Falls were a ma­jor draw­card for the vil­lage.

“Even when the Bar­ron Falls isn’t in full flow it’s still such a spec­tac­u­lar sight,” he said.

“It’s re­ally quite an amaz­ing at­trac­tion and quite unique to our re­gion. Al­most one mil­lion vis­i­tors go to Bar­ron Ge­orge each year.”

Ma­reeba lo­cals Bren­dan Keel­ing, Ava-Lily Srhoj, 10, Jaxon Srhoj, 7, and Kiera Stan­ley visit the fast flow­ing Bar­ron Falls at Ku­randa af­ter weeks of rain­fall in the re­gion. In­set: Bren­dan Keel­ing from Aer­tog­ra­phy used a drone to take an amaz­ing shot of the falls.

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