School break unleashes bustle
BRACE yourselves: school holidays have begun, and that means more cars on the road, more people in the streets and cafes, and kids’ movies dominating at the cinema.
The seasonal influx into the Northern Rivers began on September 17, when schools in Victoria and Queensland broke up.
Now NSW schools have opened their gates and more than one million students will be out and about for the next two weeks, testing their parents’ entertainment resourcefulness.
Budget accommodation, such as Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park, is chockers – with ‘absolutely lovely’ families from all over, according to park manager Deb Smith.
“It’s a real mixture,” she said.
A less harmonious mix is the weather. Temperatures are tipped to stay high for the first half of this week, but showers are forecast for every day.
But the region has a great variety of indoor activities to keep kids occupied.
They range from silver-smithing classes at Federal, where children get to play with fire, hammers and tongs; to up close and personal contact with sea turtles at Seabird Rescue in Ballina.
For those willing to brave the wet, there’s the maze at Amaze ‘n’ Place at Alstonville or Bird Week at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.