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Teens beat Aussie heat

17-year-old twins Brooke (left) and Rebekah Hancock, of Casino, cool off under small rapids near Dalwood falls yesterday.
17-year-old twins Brooke (left) and Rebekah Hancock, of Casino, cool off under small rapids near Dalwood falls yesterday. David Nielsen

NOISY cicadas, rainforest and a steaming hot summer day spent beside a flowing creek with teens tumbling off an 11m high cliff into a deep waterhole below.

This was among the simple pleasures enjoyed bydozens of people celebrating a laid-back Australia Day at Dalwood Creek and falls near Alstonville.

Local lads Mark and James Wanlace shared their waterhole with people from Lismore, Ballina, and four car loads of teenagers who drove all the way from Casino.

The teens spent much of the day clambering up the rocks before plunging feet first or back flipping into the waterhole below.

It was hot yesterday with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting Lismore reached a stifling 37 degrees at 2.30pm, with the same expected today.

Ballina peaked at 34.5 and Casino 37.5, although Casino was reported to have reached 38 by late afternoon.

A bureau spokesman said the Lismore temperature was 10 degrees above the January average of 27.

He said the high temperatures would continue today, however, they should drop to 33 degrees in Lismore tomorrow and 31 degrees by Friday.



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