Truly a ‘Hardy Reef’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT TAKES more than 11me­tre waves and a cat­e­gory 4 cy­clone to put a stop to one of the most mem­o­rable tourist ex­pe­ri­ences in the Whit­sun­days.

The Hardy Reef pon­toons re­main struc­turally sound and daily tours are ex­pected to re­turn to nor­mal in three weeks.

A 14-per­son strong main­te­nance team of staff, con­trac­tors, plumbers and elec­tri­cians have been the driv­ing force to en­sure this time­line could be met.

Tour guide Tony Wall was one of the staff as­sist­ing the main­te­nance crew and said ev­ery­thing was on track.

“The main­te­nance team and our marine crew have all brought skills to as­sist with the pon­toon re­pairs, it’s im­por­tant for our tourism in­dus­try to get the pon­toons com­pleted to show­case to fu­ture guests that the Whit­sun­days is still beau­ti­ful and we’re open for busi­ness," he said.

“Mother Na­ture has given us the op­por­tu­nity to re­build and up­grade the ex­ist­ing pon­toons and it’s an ab­so­lute team ef­fort to get the Great Bar­rier Reef Ad­ven­ture up and run­ning.

“We can’t wait to wel­come guests back this part of the world.”

Marine crew mem­ber Jamie Tier­ney said the main­te­nance work­ers based on on the iconic reef des­ti­na­tion 40 nau­ti­cal miles from shore had their own “Reef­sleep” ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Wak­ing up on the Great Bar­rier Reef is spec­tac­u­lar, you can never get tired of the ar­ray of aqua blues,” he said.

Reef­sleep is one of the main at­trac­tions Cruise Whit­sun­days of­fers tourists where they get the chance to spend two days and one night on the reef sleep­ing un­der the stars.

Tourists can still ex­pect to see some of their old favourites at the des­ti­na­tion in­clud­ing Chip the Tur­tle, Ge­orge the Queens­land Grouper, Wally and Mag­gie (Maori Wrasses) and the Nemo fam­ily.

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