Lizard Island resort escapes major damage from Cyclone ItaBy Francis Tapim, Monday April 14, 2014 - 13:42 EST
Operators of the Lizard Island tourist resort off far north Queensland say it appears to have been spared any serious damage from Tropical Cyclone Ita.
Before Ita struck, about 100 staff and tourists were evacuated from the resort.
However, spokesman Jill Collins says most of the buildings remain intact.
"We are getting a team in because our runway is also operational which is great," she said.
"Many of our beautiful palm trees unfortunately have been uprooted ... our main lodge area, our restaurant area, our main welcome area look like they have come through it okay just with a bit of shattered glass, so we are very, very thankful for that."
Ms Collins says engineers are now assessing the damage.
"Certainly there are lots of trees uprooted and pretty extensive vegetation damage that is hindering our accessibility but the good news is it looks like most of the buildings that are part of the resort have stayed intact and so we are very, very relieved," she said.
© ABC 2014
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