The coastal community of Innisfail, about 95km (60 miles) south of Cairns, was hardest-hit.
Queensland state leader Peter Beattie told local radio that buildings had been flattened and roofs taken off.
"The property damage has been immense," he said. "We haven't had a cyclone like this for decades, if we've ever had one like it before."
State emergency official Alan Green said "every second building" was damaged.
We had to check the back of a book of his we have to double-check (he'll send my dad free copies of his new books), but that's Geoff's home turf. I'll have to give my dad a holler later this morning to see if Geoff's OK.
Larry was packing 180MPH winds at landfall. Rita and Katrina were that bad at sea, but cranked down before making landfall. Queensland got the full lean mean green fury of Larry Boy square-on.