The devastation

Sixteen years ago, I took this picture of my youngest daughter on the beach at Cardwell, on the Bruce Highway between Townsville and Cairns.

Today, the morning after the severe tropical cyclone Yasi, this same beach looks like this:

(image from the ABC news site)

That stretch of asphalt you see there, buried under the remains of the beach? That’s the Bruce Highway, the main (and virtually only) road to communities up the coast, an the main tourist town of Cairns. It will be a long time before Queensland has recovered from this.