Support Queensland tourism

Our thoughts go out to all those affected across Queensland by the wild weather of late. We understand flooding is still causing trouble in some destinations but please don’t cancel your plans to visit Queensland entirely because of this.

Much of the region is open for business and the sunny weather has returned to a lot of the state. Plus operators need your assistance now more than ever.

If you have some plans in place, contact the operators you have booked with first before you make cancellations. Hostels, tour companies, airports and roads are still open. Here are some useful websites for you to double check your plans:

QLD Alert – updated emergency, weather and travel information including road closures
RACQ – a list of road closures and advice on driving in bad conditions
Bureau of Meterology – updated weather conditions, satellite maps

The same goes for whatever plans you have for New South Wales post floods and fires, and Victoria and Tasmania post fires. Please support these parts of the country and visit if they are still open for business.

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

Happy New Year from VIP Backpackers

Wishing all our travellers and industry workers a safe and happy new year!

It’s been a great year for us as we moved to Sydney and set up camp down there. Don’t forget to visit us in the new year.

It’s been a tough year for Australian, New Zealand and Japanese tourism after all the natural disasters in those countries and we sincerely hope things pick up in 2012.

Finally we hope you all have a terrific party on December 31 wherever you are. We do hope you got to some of the party locations from our newsletter list – if not put them on your list for next year!!

We look forward to travelling with you in 2012…

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

Images of the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi

"An aerial view of Tully in the wake of Cyclone Yasi." Photo: Paul Crock. Brisbanetimes.com.au

No doubt many of you have been following the story of the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi with interest, given it’s such a massive VIP Backpackers destination.

If you’re keen to see some good galleries of what’s happened I can suggest, with complete bias, the following galleries that I have created on other websites:

Photos show devastation after Cyclone Yasi

Photos of the Aussie spirit shining through disaster

The storm affect – a strange 24 hours in Queensland

It doesn’t rain, it pours – images of flooding in Brisbane

Escape to Noosa: The perfect place for flood recovery

The Brisbane floods – a photographic glimpse in 40 shots

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There’ll be an update added every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact me, Jo, at blog@vipbackpackers.com

Beautiful Queensland – perfect one day flooded the next

Blog writer Jo's street in Brisbane. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

For those that follow this blog religiously my apologies for missing last week’s Friday blog. I had a really good reason – evacuated and homeless after the flooding that hit Brisbane, Australia the week of Jan 10-14. The house was unfortunately gutted underneath but the top storey remained high and dry thankfully so we’ve now got electricity and moved back in.

We’ve had numerous people come and help us work on the house. I even had two backpackers from Brazil helping out (visitors to Brisbane) and others travellers approached me to ask if they could assist! The guys from Brazil did a fantastic job on the garden.
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Wet wet wet Queensland – what to do, where to go, how to help

The outskirts of Rockhampton. Pic: AP.

As you might have heard about 60 percent of the state of Queensland in Australia is submerged in water with some of the worst flooding on record.While VIP Backpackers is an international network we are Australian based so our thoughts are with our Queensland friends. Plus we’d like to give you a quick update on the situation so you can make travel plans.

Certainly many travellers have their overland travel plans across Queensland thwarted with a number of road and rail closures across the state. However many of Queensland’s tourism destinations are still open for business as the southern and northern coasts remain largely unaffected, including parts of the central coast around Fraser Island.

So that means you should not put your Queensland holiday plans to one side yet, the state needs your tourism dollar more than ever, plus there’s plenty of places you can still go.

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