Australia's paradise isles shuttered and in ruins

According to a report in The Australian earlier this month, most of Queensland's resort islands are currently shut. South Molle Island's resort has been closed for two years.
According to a report in The Australian earlier this month, most of Queensland's resort islands are currently shut. South Molle Island's resort has been closed for two years.PHOTO: TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND

Battered by cyclones and high costs, Queensland's island resorts struggle to reopen

A series of idyllic islands scattered off Australia's north-east coast have long attracted tourists with their pristine beaches and access to the Great Barrier Reef.

But many of these islands - once touted to visitors as slices of paradise - are now shut and their waterfront resorts are like ghost towns.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2018, with the headline 'Australia's paradise isles shuttered and in ruins'. Print Edition | Subscribe