Hannah and Kira Powell, aged 7 and 4, of Goonellabah, spend their first day of holidays at Heritage Park in Lismore.
Hannah and Kira Powell, aged 7 and 4, of Goonellabah, spend their first day of holidays at Heritage Park in Lismore.

Ready for holiday boom?

LISMORE mother Deanne Powell wasn’t going to waste an opportunity to get her three children outdoors and to the park on the first day of school holidays yesterday morning.

And with blue skies predicated for the rest of the week, there will be plenty of park hopping for this young family.

“It’s the first day of holidays and it was sunny, so we thought why not go to the park,” Ms Powell said.

“It was craft and board games all weekend because of the rain.

“You don’t want to have kids stuck indoors in the rain for two weeks.

“We brought the scooters down today and I think we’ll be alternating between parks all week.”

Northern Rivers Tourism chief executive officer Russell Mills is hoping the sunny weather will bring an increase in familles to the region during the next two weeks.

“Good weather really helps showcase the best of the region,” Mr Mills said.

“With internet bookings families can arrive spontaneously.

"I’d expect many to come from southern Queensland over the next few days.

“Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay are always really popular.”

Ballina Tourism and Hospitality secretary Gerald Searle expects a boom in holidaymakers in Ballina.

“People are always cautious with the weather and school holidays in July can be unpredictable,” Mr Searle said.

“It’s been a tough few months for tourism in Ballina, but it looks like it’s shaping up to be a great school holiday period.”

WEATHERFORECAST

Today: Lismore, 21C, Byron Bay 20C, Casino 21C

Tomorrow: Lismore 19C, Byron Bay 18C, Casino 19C

Thursday: Lismore 18C, Byron Bay 17C, Casino 18C

Friday: Lismore 18C, Byron Bay 17C, Casino 18C

Saturday: Lismore 18C, Byron Bay 17C, Casino 18C

Sunday: Lismore 18C, Byron Bay 17C, Casino 19C



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