Dad Moi-biyan Kesselly with (from left) daughters Kalarna, 3, Saidah, 2, and Lazariah Day, 7, at enjoying the miniature railway at Heritage Park in Lismore on Boxing Day
Dad Moi-biyan Kesselly with (from left) daughters Kalarna, 3, Saidah, 2, and Lazariah Day, 7, at enjoying the miniature railway at Heritage Park in Lismore on Boxing Day Hamish Broome

A classic Aussie Boxing Day

AFTER a drenching on Christmas Day, Boxing Day's surprising blue skies gave the region a brilliant excuse to get outside and shake off the cabin fever.

The parks and beaches were busy, the Pacific Highway into Byron was reportedly bumper to bumper, and the region's biggest shopping centre, Lismore Square, was jam-packed with bargain hunters.

Whatever Boxing Day tradition it was - shopping, watching the cricket, or beaching it - locals took the opportunity.

Dad Moi-biyan Kesselly had several items on his family's bucket list to tick off on Saturday, including riding the train in Lismore's Heritage Park, and a spot of bargain hunting before heading to Evans Head for a swim.

With his two daughters, Saidah, 2, and Kalarna, 3, and step daughter Lazariah, 7, Mr Kesselly started the day on the miniature train in Lismore's Heritage Park.

"We were in the house all day yesterday so we decided to get out today," Mr Kesselly said.

"We came to check out the Boxing Day sales and then we're going down to Evans Head for the rest of the day, swimming and with all the family down there."

Originally from Liberia in West Africa, Mr Kesselly emigrated to Australia in 2006, and currently lives in Brisbane but is planning to move to Casino.

"I love Casino," he said.

Daughter Kalarna, 3, said she was looking forward to kicking a ball and running in the park, while Lazariah, 7, said she couldn't wait to go swimming.

Surf lifesavers from Evans Head to South Golden Beach were greeted with plenty of beachgoers to watch over on Saturday.

Surf Life Saving North Coast duty officer Jimmy Keough said with rain on Christmas Day keeping people off the beaches, crowds had descended thick and fast on Boxing Day.

"Today's been really busy with large numbers recorded at all Far North Coast beaches," Mr Keough said. "A lot of people are making the most of it after the inclement weather yesterday.

"Our lifesaving and life guard services will be on duty from 9am to 5pm daily over the entire (Christmas) long weekend and the New Year period."

"And our support group will be conducting patrols through the region with jetskis and four-wheel drives."



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