by Peter Carruthers
IT WAS just over three months ago that Julie Houston and the team from the Cape Gloucester Resort stood on their timber deck scratching their heads, wondering where to begin.
The ceiling fans had fallen through the water-logged plaster board roof, the kitchen was a mess and the pool was awash with debris from Cyclone Debbie.
But by Sunday the resort had returned to its former glory and was buzzing with guests.
Lease holder at the resort, Ms Houston said Advanced Building managed the installation of a new kitchen, a new bar, the repair of all the ceilings and walls, a thorough clean-up and a lick of paint.
"We have just rebuilt the place from the ground up," she said.
Ms Houston said the opening was planned to coincide with a big wedding event on June 29.
"I didn't think it was going to happen on time but we all pulled in and got it going."
A new addition to the resort is the operation of Reel Addiction Sport Fishing. All day bookings with local fishing guide Mick Underwood include a sit-down lunch taking in the best mainland view in the Whitsundays.
Ms Houston said the resort was fully booked and at the grand reopening on Sunday served 230 lunches.
The resort has not yet made time to count the financial cost of the disaster.