Woman scales balconies, kicks in door to escape Qld hotel quarantine

A WOMAN has scaled down balconies and kicked in a door as part of a daring escape from a quarantine hotel in Cairns.

Queensland Police have revealed the 32-year-old woman, who had arrived from Sydney on July 1, was found to be missing from her room at the Cairns Pacific International yesterday.

It’s believed she escaped sometime between Sunday evening and yesterday afternoon.


Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said they are examining CCTV footage to figure out exactly what happened.

“It appears that this person scaled two balconies, has gone down an outside staircase and damaged a door to escape,” he said.

“She has kicked it in, so she was fairly motivated.”

The woman was found at her mother’s resident in Cairns and is now in custody at the Cairns City Watchhouse, facing a number of criminal charges.

Mr Gollschewski said the woman was not the first to try and escape.

“We’ve had a number of people attempt in the past. This is the first person who has got out from that hotel,” he said.

Queensland Police confirmed the woman had returned a negative first test while in quarantine but they were awaiting the outcome of a second test to make sure she hasn’t spread the virus in the community.