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AustraliaAbandoned resorts ‘left to rot’ in the Whitsundays

18:52  07 july  2019
18:52  07 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Abandoned resorts ‘left to rot’ in the Whitsundays
Abandoned resorts ‘left to rot’ in the Whitsundays
Abandoned resorts ‘left to rot’ in the Whitsundays
Abandoned resorts ‘left to rot’ in the Whitsundays
Abandoned resorts ‘left to rot’ in the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays, once a holiday hot-spot and beacon of success for Australia’s tourism industry, has been abandoned and left in a state of disarray.

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Of the 30 resorts on and off the coast of Queensland, half are currently closed. Some of the once idyllic resorts on pristine beaches have been lying dormant for almost a decade with no sign of recovery.

“You can really see the devastation here,” Whitsundays local and skipper Dan Van Blarcom told 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley.

He described the remnants of a resort on South Molle Island as resembling “a crack house” with destroyed hotel rooms covered in splintered wood and broken glass.

South Molle Island has been abandoned since 2017 – when Cyclone Debbie tore through the region and left devastation in its wake.

But despite the island being purchased by a Chinese company shortly after the cyclone, it has been left untouched and in a state of disrepair.

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Similarly abandoned, Club Med’s family resort on Lindeman Island has been uninhabited for almost a decade – initially battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and never restored to its former glory.

The growing threat of climate change and international holiday habits have seen buyers and developers reluctant to put money or resources into restoring the Whitsundays.

Aussie holiday makers are choosing international holidays over local destinations, propelled by cheap airfares to far-flung parts of the world and our indulgent obsession for selfies in exotic locations.

Locals and resort owners told 60 Minutes that the Whitsundays has been left to waste away – a literal paradise lost.

Dunk Island – ravished by Cyclone Yasi more than eight years ago – was once the crown jewel of the Great Barrier Reef. Now, the owner of this island paradise is desperate to sell.

“It will be a sad day [to sell],” owner Adam Bond told Wooley.

“But you have to divorce yourself from emotions sometimes and make hard business decisions.”

Dunk Island was one of the main drivers of the local economy for mainland location Mission Beach. Since Dunk Island closed to the public, Mission Beach has struggled.

“To pretend islands aren’t potentially fraught assets and difficult businesses to manage would be denying the truth,” Bond said.

“They have challenges… but they also present amazing opportunities.”

Resort owners and locals are desperate for the resorts to be repaired and reopened, hoping a resurgence in the tourism industry will see the Whitsundays again become a premiere holiday destination for Australians and international tourists.

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