Border no barrier to holiday fun
IT was quiet on the beaches for the last day of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, with cooler weather moving in on the Tweed.
Despite the conditions keeping people off the beach there were plenty of tourists around Tweed Heads and Coolangatta taking advantage of the holiday.
Queensland had its Queen's Birthday holiday today while NSW was celebrating Labour Day.
Trevor Arbon owner of Big Trev's Watersports said tourists were returning to the area after years away.
"I think there have been a few more people coming to the Tweed," Mr Arbon said.
"They're coming from Ipswich, Brisbane, Toowoomba we are starting to get them returning.
"A lot have been here before and they are coming back."
Mr Arbon said it has been quiet for a few years because of the floods in Queensland and the tough financial times in the past few years.
"We have missed them for a few years," he said.
Jenny and Hugh Abrahams from Melbourne were visiting the Tweed with their two children Matt and Jason.
It was the first visit to the Tweed for the family but it would not be their last.
"It's good to get a bit of a tan," Mrs Abrahams said.
"We've just been to the beach and the motel mainly been lazing around.
"Friendly locals that's for sure…there is a different mindset out here actually," Mr Abrahams said.
Young surf lifesavers took advantage of a quiet patrol day to get out on the water themselves to practice some of their rescue techniques.
Blair Mandall, Zac Bacon and Elsie Rampling were on Coolangatta Beach patrolling less than a week after completing their rescue training.
The trio is now ready for a busy patrol period leading into the Christmas holidays.
"There is not much happening today (Monday) but it is cold," Blair said.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the cooler conditions were expected until at least Thursday.
The bureau reported that cloudy conditions with a maximum of 23 degrees were expected Tuesday and Wednesday.