Send out word on our bit of paradise
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