Not de­terred by dis­as­ters

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Earth­quake lat­est: page 11 Tues­day, March 1, 2011

ENGLISH tourists Terry and Julie Cox­all are hop­ing there is no truth to the say­ing bad luck comes in threes.

Not only did they ar­rive in cy­clonedam­aged North Queens­land as part of their round-the-world ad­ven­ture, but they are now sched­uled to fly to Christchurch to­mor­row, a week af­ter the city was struck by one of its worst earth­quakes in his­tory.

But amid the de­struc­tion the cou­ple, who are trav­el­ling with Terry’s brother Ron Cox­all, have found so­lace in a tiny slice of NQ par­adise – Bal­gal Beach.

‘‘ We vis­ited Aus­tralia 20 years ago and wanted to visit the places we vis­ited last time,’’ Terry said.

‘‘ We spent some time in and around Cairns and wanted to stay in Mis­sion Beach. But when we drove through it was rather up­set­ting – un­for­tu­nately nearly all the houses had some sort of dam­age, so we kept driv­ing south.

‘‘ We hadn’t heard of Bal­gal Beach but when we got here it was ex­actly what we were look­ing for – a quiet beach and trop­i­cal. ‘‘ We will def­i­nitely come back.’’ While their three-week stopover in Aus­tralia is com­ing to an end they are now forced to de­cide what they will do when t hey ar­rive i n earth­quak­er­av­aged New Zealand.

‘‘ We will prob­a­bly just pick up a car when we ar­rive in Christchurch and drive straight out. We don’t want to be scared off vis­it­ing but we just think tourists would be in the way at the mo­ment,’’ Terry said

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