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Covid Australia: Queensland summer vacation hotspots fully booked as state evades two new cases

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Lockdown-tired Australians desperate for a break from home-bound humility are picking up every last summer holiday booking on the Great Barrier Reef.

Hamilton Island is almost fully booked in December and January after the Queensland government finally reopened its borders to travelers.

The rush of the school holidays was prompted by the state announcing that restrictions would be completely relaxed for fully vaccinated Christmas travelers.

From November 19, unless coming from a hotspot, vaccinated travelers will be able to enter Queensland without going into quarantine.

And as of December 17, even those from hotspots can enter the state, as long as they’re vaccinated and test negative within 72 hours of arrival.

Lockdown-tired Australians desperate for a break from the home-bound humdrum are picking up every last summer holiday booking on the Great Barrier Reef (photo of a holidaymaker overlooking the Whitsundays)

Now Australians across the country are booking their slice of summer paradise after nearly two years of Covid hell.

And Sydneysiders with cabin fever are first in line for a tropical Christmas.

“We had a wave of bookings from New South Wales following the announcement of the reopening of the Queensland border,” Hamilton Island chief executive Glenn Bourke told the Courier-Mail.

“With international tourism limited, Australians have fallen in love again with our own backyard and there is no backyard like Hamilton Island.”

Although Hamilton Island is nearly fully booked, the state still has other island getaways for sunbathers, including the five-star luxury resort of Hayman Island, pictured here

Although Hamilton Island is nearly fully booked, the state still has other island getaways for sunbathers, including the five-star luxury resort of Hayman Island, pictured here

The plan to reopen Queensland is based on vaccination rates, with the first easing kicking in when the state is expected to reach 70 percent, and further easing a month later once the state reaches 80 percent.

Queensland is lagging behind almost all other states in Australia in vaccine rollouts, with this weekend only just past the 60 percent double dose mark and single doses still below 75 percent.

Only Western Australia has a lower rate of 59.3 percent, while the national figure now follows at 73 percent fully vaccinated and single doses nearly 87 percent.

Queensland managed to keep the number of Covid cases at zero on Sunday, despite the discovery of two carloads of travelers who had crept over the border.

Queensland managed to track a total of zero Covid cases on Sunday despite the discovery of two carloads of travelers sneaking across the border, Deputy State Prime Minister Steven Miles revealed, seen here

Queensland managed to track a total of zero Covid cases on Sunday despite the discovery of two carloads of travelers sneaking across the border, Deputy State Prime Minister Steven Miles revealed, seen here

They had traveled through several Queensland outback communities before being evicted from the state, and two of them later tested positive when back in NSW.

It has now triggered a warning for outlying townships in Queensland, including Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Thargomindah and Charleville.

“It just underscores how close this virus is to our border,” said Queensland Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles.

Vacationers were urged to book early if they want to secure a spot in a tropical paradise for their 2022 vacation.

Although Hamilton Island is nearly fully booked, the state has other island getaways for sunbathers, including Daydream Island, Great Keppel Island, and Magnetic Island.

But for those on a budget, the Hayman and Bedarra Islands can be the ultimate destinations.

Holidaymakers across Australia are now being urged to book early if they want to secure a spot in a tropical paradise for their 2022 getaway. (Pictured, sunrise surfers in Queensland)

Holidaymakers across Australia are now being urged to book early if they want to secure a spot in a tropical paradise for their 2022 getaway. (Pictured, sunrise surfers in Queensland)

Hayman is a one-resort island only accessible by helicopter, luxury yacht, or seaplane, offering five-star luxury with a giant pool that you can dive right in from some rooms.

Lesser-known Bedarra – an all-inclusive resort with luxury rentals and a spectacular villa – is possibly the most elite hideaway.

“If you just don’t want to be found, when you need to escape and unwind, there’s no better place to disappear than Bedarra,” the website boasts.

‘Bedarra is an all-inclusive, private, tropical getaway – Australia’s most unique resort and the ultimate in barefoot luxury.’

Prices start at $1,390 per night and go up to $2,790 per night… and just a helicopter transfer from Cairns Airport to the resort will cost you an additional $2,500 each.

But even at those prices, you can book a week at the most expensive Point Villa on the island in January 2023 at the earliest.

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