Cyclone could hit Queensland’s tourism

Cyclone Larry has been downgraded to a category three storm, but not before leaving a trail of destruction along the North Queensland’s coast.

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef, the centrepiece of Australia’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry, may have been killed by the cyclone, an expert told Agence France Presse.

The storm which hit land 100km (62 miles) south of Queensland’s city of Cairns at speeds of up to 290km/h (180mph).

The town of Innisfail suffered the biggest hammering from Larry’s winds.

The North Queensland area is popular with tourists visiting the Great Barrier Reef.