AS both the temperature and humidity rocketed, one visiting family from Glen Innes headed to Tilligerry for the recently upgraded Caswell Reserve at Mallabula.
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With five young children in tow they thought that it would be a great place for an Australia Day.
By getting in early they hit the jackpot, securing the waterfront shelter shed with its electric barbecue.
Others followed, setting up shop in the shade of the tea – trees and playing cricket on the freshly mown grass.
Meanwhile, in Henderson Park, celebrations were in full swing as the Lions Club big breakfast did a roaring trade.
Live bands kept the crowd entertained. The face painting and jumping castle amused the children whilst the local car club drew many curious onlookers to inspect the magnificently restored classic cars. Waterfront restaurants were packed with both visitors and locals alike.
So what does Australia Day mean to us? The Donnelly family said, “Celebrating our history. Patriotism, Looking forward and coming together.”
“A Long Weekend and a chance to do nothing.”