Levi Smorgon, 4, made the most of yesterday’s sunshine at Main Beach Byron Bay, along with his parents, Melanie and Dale, and brother Harper, 2.
Levi Smorgon, 4, made the most of yesterday’s sunshine at Main Beach Byron Bay, along with his parents, Melanie and Dale, and brother Harper, 2. Kate O’Neill

Sun shines for Byron Bay visitors

IT only lasted a few hours, but locals and holidaymakers squeezed all they could into the brief return of blue skies and sunshine over Byron Bay early yesterday.

Joggers lined Lighthouse Road, backpackers emerged from their campervans and crowds flocked to the beach to get a much-needed dose of Vitamin D.

Dale and Melanie Smorgon, from the Melbourne suburb of Armadale, said yesterday was the first time they had seen the sun since arriving on Friday with their children Levi, 4, and Harper, 2.

The family have enjoyed perfect weather on each of their four previous summer trips to Byron, so the persistent rain has been a “bit of a struggle”.

Like everyone else, they were suffering from cabin fever, and had been doing their best to keep the children entertained, Melanie said.

“We’ve been trying to find activities for the kids. We went to Kidsworld. We’ve done a lot of walks in the rain, we went to Bangalow. We even drove to The Channon for the markets at the weekend, but found out when we got there they were cancelled because of the rain.

“Let’s just say we’ve explored a lot of the local area.”

When the sun made its appearance yesterday, the family were up early for a walk to the lighthouse. After that, they planned to spend as much time as possible at the beach.

“I actually feel like we’re on holiday now, because ultimately what we’re here for is a beach holiday,” Dale said.

The Smorgons’ rainy Byron week comes to an end tomorrow, when they head to the Gold Coast, but Dale said this time’s experience wouldn’t stop the family from coming back again next year.


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