“BYFIELD: Beautiful one day, destroyed the next” - builder
"BYFIELD: Beautiful one day, destroyed the next."
That's how Byfield resident and builder Ted Stack put it after experiencing the fury of Cyclone Marcia, which bore down on the Capricorn Coast last month.
It left in its wake so much damage, including ripping down some of Ted's Carrie Pines, which were more than 100 years old.
"They were completely snapped off from the base," he said.
"It's a shame. We'll never see these trees in our lifetime again.
"I've got this property approved to build a restaurant, art gallery and cabins, but I'm not sure whether that's going to happen now."
Ted said residents were out in force almost immediately after Marcia had moved on, trying to clear the roads with any piece of machinery they could find.
"We destroyed our own machinery doing it, just to get it done," he said.
"The wildlife has also been impacted very hard by this. There seems to be very few birds left in the area when usually you can hear them everywhere.
"But what we copped here definitely slowed it down for Yeppoon. If they copped what we copped the damage there would've been a lot worse."
These areas are open from March 6, with more to come soon:
Stockyard Point track
Stockyard Headland lookout
Five Rocks campsite
Nine Mile Beach - Pandanus campsite only
Waterpark Creek day-use area.
Check park alerts at nprsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/ for the latest news.