Great Keppel Island ferry back in action as storm clean-up continuesBy Marlina Whop, Wednesday February 5, 2014 - 09:15 EDT
Ferry services have resumed to Great Keppel Island, off Rockhampton in central Queensland, as tourism operators continue to clean up parts of the island damaged by wild weather whipped up by ex-Cyclone Dylan and king tides.
Raewyn Ramage, who runs the local store and an accommodation lodge, says business should pick up over the coming days.
"Touch wood - no cyclones out there and we'll have a full house for the weekend," she said.
"I think we will be pretty good from now on.
"It is a quiet time of the year February but as far as accommodation goes we're pretty well booked up most weekends."
Backpackers have also been helping with the clean up on the island.
Many were on the island when big seas carved up Putney Beach on Friday.
Buildings at a beachside resort were washed into the sea.
One French tourist says he and his friends are enjoying a working holiday.
"We [are] raking and ... moving all the big piles and it is paradise now, again, but we're just waiting for people to come again now," he said.
© ABC 2014
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