02 February 2011

Cyclone Yasi update for Australian Working holiday makers and tourists

Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi (Category 5) is estimated to be 280 kilometres east of Cairns and 305 kilometres north northeast of Townsville and moving west southwest at 35 kilometres per hour.

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Australian working holiday makers and overseas travellers are advised to follow the advice of authorities in regards to Cyclone Yasi.

The Tropical Cyclone’s centre is expected to cross the Queensland coast between Innisfail and Cardwell  in the next few hours.  Innisfail is around 90 kilometres south of Cairns and 230 kilometres north of Townsville.

A Cyclone warning is current for coastal and island communities from Cape Flattery to Sarina, extending inland to Julia Creek and to the area west of Croydon.

Visitor safety is a key priority and as a result many tourism operations in the cyclone warning area between Cairns and the Tropical North and The Whitsundays have evacuated guests or have temporarily closed operations until the cyclone threat has passed.

There are currently no flights operating in to Cairns and travellers should check with their travel agent and/or airline regarding their travel plans.

Australian Working Holiday makers and overseas travellers in the cyclone area are urged to stay calm, follow the advice of authorities and treat the cyclone threat as extremely serious.

Triple zero (000) should only be called for life threatening situations.

There are a number of emergency hotlines available including the Townsville Disaster Coordination Centre: 1800 738 541; and the Yasi Evacuation Enquiry Line 1300 993 191.

Destinations including the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Agnes Water, 1770, Queensland's Outback, Southern Downs and Granite Belt and Toowoomba are currently accessible and ready to welcome visitors.

Brisbane, the Darling Downs and Capricorn region are now recovering from the Queensland floods with most tourism operations open and affected tourism operations returning to normal as quickly as possible. There are still some local road closures in some areas.

Parts of Western Downs and the Lockyer Valley continue to be flood affected and access to these areas is restricted.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australia Visa application with Australian Embassy. 

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