Not deterred by disasters
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