Port Hinchinbrook resort operators in cyclone recovery phase Easter without guests
TOURISM operators at Port Hinchinbrook, a popular retreat for Townsville residents, are in the recovery phase in the wake of Cyclone Yasi.
Its Inspiration Resort has many of its 26 apartments in o p e r a t i o n , a l t h o u g h holiday-let 10 houses remain out of action.
Meanwhile boutique retreat Ripples on the Marina, is facing an Easter holiday break without guests, and Port Hinchinbrook Resort and Marina is understood to be largely without power supply.
Inspiration manager Peter Butler said accommodation had sustained broken windows and doors, and waterdamage to interiors – and was progressively being made operable.
‘‘ We have people repairing the damage and expect to have about three quarters of our apartments operable in time for the Easter holidays,’’ Mr Butler said.
Apartments have two bed-
LUXURY: Port Hinchinbrook’s Inspiration Resort operators hope for a busy Easter holiday break rooms and two bathrooms, while the two-level houses, which remain out of action, have three, four and five bedrooms and individual pools.
Mr Butler said the nearby 18-unit Plantation building, which included short-stay apartments, had survived the cyclone relatively un- scathed.
However, Ripples owner Terry Langford said her resort’s four two-level holiday homes and owners’ residence needed whitegoods and a number of other items replaced as well as general repairs.
Also, a pontoon – a mooring for guest’s boats – and a walkway were lost in the cyclone, which tossed a 40m yacht like a twig on to the boardwalk, causing substantial damage.
Mrs Langford, who developed the resort with her husband, also Terry, said the earliest bookings she had dared to accept were for mid-May, and customers had been understanding.
‘ ‘ O u r r e g u l a r g u e s t s understand we can’t make promises,’’ she said.
Port Hinchinbrook Resort and Marina could not be reached for comment but its website says it sustained extensive damage and does not expect to return to normal trading for some time.