Cyclones and floods may have knocked us around, but Queensland is back!
Although people in the Tully region, south of Cairns, have been devastated by Cyclone Yasi, there is much of the state which has either remained untouched, or just a little bruised.
Those people in the cyclone's path really need our help, and the authorities are saying one of the best things we can do for our state is to continue to holiday here.
Or enjoy a weekend away. Or day trip. Or even shop at a local market.
Tourism Queensland has announced most of our most beautiful regions are perfect again, and many operators are offering discounted deals to get the local economies running again.
A quick check of wotif yesterday revealed a two-bedroomed villa - not a hotel room - for just $99 at the gorgeous Rendezvous Reef Resort at Port Douglas. The catch? You have to stay at least two nights. Not exactly a hardship, right?
It's the same in popular tourist areas in the Whitsundays, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, not to mention Cairns and Townsville.
In Brisbane, areas like SouthBank and the famous Rocklea markets are re-opening.
So take advantage of the hot prices and help get Queensland back on track at the same time.
And at my personal blog MaidInAustralia, there are loads of giveaways to help not just the Queensland survivors of our natural disasters, but anyone who has been at the mercy of Mother Nature this summer.
So far you can win:
- A copy of No Chopsticks Required (My Family's Unexpected Year in Shanghai, by Katrina Beikoff (Finch Publishing)
- Two polo shirts from Stubbies new SunSmart range
- A dream blanket from celebrity baby wear designer aden + anais
- And believe it or not, Finch Publishing has given me a lovely pack of books to give away! Fittingly, Finch publishes books that change lives! That giveaway is coming up soon, so stay tuned.