England was never like this
ENGLISH visitors Bev and Victoria Ward reckon spending Christmas in the border region beats the pants off being rugged up in thermals to stave off the Old Dart's bitter winter cold.
As the region sweltered in scorching conditions, the Wards joined hundreds of others at Rainbow Bay seeking respite from the heat with a lazy Christmas Day on the sand.
Bev and Victoria escaped the harsh English winter several years ago and haven't looked back since, starting a new tradition and renting a unit at Rainbow Bay to soak up the Yuletide rays on the beach.
Originally from Yorkshire, Bev said while her mother and the rest of her family were sitting around a fire in their "thermals", she and Victoria were in bikinis in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
"Being from England it's usually freezing cold and you're standing around a fire, so it's lovely to come down to the beach with the natural beauty and the lovely water," Bev said.
"My family will be pretty jealous when I tell them about our day."