The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Ko­vace­vic scott.ko­vace­vic@gympi­

SUN­SHINE, surf and spec­tac­u­lar views have proven a win­ning com­bi­na­tion these sum­mer hol­i­days with tourism a soar­ing suc­cess around the re­gion.

From the Cooloola Coast to the Mary Val­ley, busi­ness own­ers have re­ported a bumper year for hol­i­day visi­tors.

And while tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to soar to 36 de­grees on the week­end it should not cook what they say has been a great hol­i­day sea­son.

Sea Salt at Rain­bow owner Ruth Modin said the past few weeks at Rain­bow Beach had been “ex­cel­lent”.

“We’ve had a fan­tas­tic sea­son, we’ve had per­fect weather,” she said.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier.” In­land was more of the same with a num­ber of Im­bil busi­nesses hav­ing too many cus­tomers to speak on the first call.

One2One on Yabba owner Jo Lock­wood said there was one trend she had no­ticed.

“We’re get­ting peo­ple that are dis­cov­er­ing Im­bil,” she said.

And their re­sponse now that they had?

“They love it,” she said. Ms Lock­wood said the suc­cess was even more wel­come given the un­cer­tainty head­ing into it

with the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the Bo­rumba Dam Camp­ing Grounds and un­cer­tainty swirling around the fu­ture of the Im­bil Island Reach Car­a­van Park.

She was also pleased with how neat and tidy Im­bil had been kept over the hol­i­days.

“I think the coun­cil is do­ing a good job in keep­ing the ap­proaches neat,” she said. “We’ve got it look­ing lovely.”

And the weather was look­ing pretty good for those who wanted to ex­plore the re­gion’s outer reaches, but week­end ad­ven­tur­ers should pack a hat and um­brella just in case.

Weather around the re­gion will be “un­sta­ble at best” Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Chris Joseph said.

To­day and Sun­day will see the mer­cury climb to about 36 de­grees, five de­grees above the Jan­uary av­er­age.

The sud­den surge in heat could also put us in line for some se­vere thun­der­storms to­day and to­mor­row, with a cool change ex­pected to sweep through late on Sun­day evening.

Be­tween 1–5mm is pre­dicted to fall on to­mor­row if the storm de­vel­ops. The higher than av­er­age temps are caused by warm air from the state’s north but that will clear as the week­end goes on.

“Gympie will again be in the threat zone for se­vere storms,” Mr Joseph said.

“But once that trough clears you will def­i­nitely feel the change,” he said.


COOLING OFF: Estelle Todd en­joys Rain­bow Beach over the hol­i­days.


A COOL CHANGE: Kjyelt, Jahz and Trevor Alexan­der have been help­ing keep Rain­bow Beach chilled with their snow cones these hol­i­days.

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