Send out word on our bit of par­adise

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Emily Mac­don­ald emily. mac­don­ald@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

I SPENT Sun­day af­ter­noon sip­ping on a straw­berry milk­shake un­der a palm tree and rev­el­ling in ocean views.

Next week­end I plan to cruise over to a trop­i­cal is­land and spend a cou­ple of nights in a re­sort.

Yes, that’s right, I’m liv­ing the high life on The Strand and Mag­netic Is­land.

A cou­ple of friends of mine from out of town came to visit on the week­end and they’ve given me a whole new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our slice of par­adise.

I think we all know deep down we live in one of the most beau­ti­ful places in the world but some­times we let the ev­ery­day stresses of life con­sume us and we tend to for­get.

What’s not to like about watch­ing a kid show­ing off to his mates and then com­ing a magnificent gutsa on his rip­stick as the trees sway mer­rily in the sea­side breeze?

When was the last time you went to River­way and gig­gled at the pa­rade of fine spec­i­mens wear­ing budgie smug­glers?

Or hopped on the ferry to spend the day at the is­land just for the fun of chug­ging around in a bright pink moke and telling in­no­cent tourists about drop bears?

Townsville looked ter­ri­ble af­ter Yasi turned the city topsy-turvy.

But a month later, aside from the odd stump or skele­tal fast-food sign, we’ve bounced back bet­ter than ever be­fore.

Fur­ther north, the sit­u­a­tion isn’t as rosy but yet the tourists are still com­ing to Tully to ex­pe­ri­ence some of the world’s best white-wa­ter raft­ing and the lo­cals are wel­com­ing them as al­ways.

Tourists from all over Aus­tralia and all over the world ex­pe­ri­ence not only our gor­geous land­scape but the unique sense of hu­mour and char­ac­ters of North Queens­land.

Be­neath their ready smiles, most of our lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors are still do­ing it tough post-cy­clone so it’s im­por­tant for us all to sup­port them.

If you re­ally want to get into the spirit of things, you could even dig out your favourite bum bag and floppy hat and strut your stuff on The Strand wear­ing the height of tourist fash­ion.

YA­HOO!: The Strand is def­i­nitely

one place to have fun

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