The full extent of Cyclone Debbie's path of destruction is now becoming clear as emergency crews make their way to the worst affected areas.
Roads are still closed to many coastal communities due to flash flooding. At least 63,000 homes are without power, while others have no water supply.
While authorities' worst fears of a huge storm surge wrecking havoc on low-lying communities were avoided, wind gusts of up to 270km/h have caused widespread destruction.
In Bowen, near where the Category Four system made landfall just after midday Tuesday, roofs were ripped off homes, walls were torn away, street signs scattered the streets and huge trees were ripped from their roots.
Sky View Units in Bowen has lost part of its wall, windows are smashed in and there is glass everywhere, but manager Shane Burling says he is surprised the damage isn't worse:
A plane was overturned at Bowen Airport:
Hamilton Island was one of the worst hit by Cyclone Debbie, with residents enduring more than 36 hours of destructive winds and torrential rain.
The beachside holidaymaker's haven, Airlie Beach, was one of the first places on mainland Queensland to be battered by Debbie.
Shute Harbour near Airlie Beach was devastated by the cyclone, its boat terminal gutted, boats which lost their moorings smashed on rocks or dragged ashore and debris littering the foreshore:
This huge tree was ripped out by its roots at Airlie Beach:
The wild weather also took its toll on native wildlife:
Some people braved the elements and ventured outside on Tuesday morning, despite authorities warning everyone to stay indoors.
Bowen saw sustained winds of over 100km/h before Cyclone Debbie made landfall at midday, bringing wind gusts of up to 260km/h.
Others took shelter inside to watch the cyclone's approach:
Others bunkered down in evacuation centres in Ayr, Bowen, Proserpine and Mackay: