Mark Biggs and Rose Green enjoy the sun and sand at Mooloolaba Beach for Family Fun Day.
Mark Biggs and Rose Green enjoy the sun and sand at Mooloolaba Beach for Family Fun Day. John Mccutcheon

Tourists pour in for fun

THE great outdoors has lured thousands of residents and visitors outside to eat, swim, shop and make the most of their final weekend of the school holidays.

The cloud-free sky meant total holiday freedom and the Weatherzone website confirmed summer was close with a maximum temperature of 33 degrees reported on the Sunshine Coast yesterday.

A north to north-west wind picked up towards the afternoon, but was not enough to deter eager beach-goers.

Sunshine Coast Surf Life Saving duty officer Kirsten Phillips said the Coast had an incident-free weekend on our packed beaches with only two minor rescues.

"In terms of incidents, we had a really quiet weekend considering how many people were at the beach," Miss Phillips said.

"We made two minor rescues - someone trying to swim across Pumicestone Passage and a board rider at Alexandra Headland who got into difficulty. People have been excellent in the surf."

Businesses were celebrating good foot traffic and sales from Caloundra to Noosa.

Bulcock Beach's Sandbar Cafe and Kiosk owner Steve Oshea said Caloundra had been "non-stop" all holidays.

"We have been fantastic down at Bulcock Beach - really good," he said.

"We have had everything from the music festival, Rumba Festival and school holidays. It's all verging together to make a wonderful atmosphere."

Mooloolaba has had its fair share of holiday fun, and Hot Pipi's Restaurant part owner Jo Murray said Saturday had been "manic".

"Thanks to the tourists for coming back," she said.

It was the same story at Noosa. Noosa Head Surf Club assistant manager Les Evans said the restaurant had stopped taking reservations during the holidays because it was too busy.

"It's been pretty good with heaps of families and a lot of people around. Our deck is packed," Mr Evans said.

Now the holiday fun is over, the forecast is not looking as fine with possible showers and thunderstorms forecast for the rest of the week. But with temperatures to remain in the mid to high 20s for the rest of the week, the summer feel is here to stay.

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