People often head north post-Mardi Gras to chill out and relax, or chillax as I believe the new saying goes. The weather is beautiful, the beaches are spectacular and the locals love it when visitors come to play.
You can get anywhere in the region in just a few hours, from the beaches to the hills. If you head to the beach, remember to swim between the flags.
If you are heading to a beach like our famous King’s Beach (at Broken Head) we locals say, “Swim between the fags”. That’s right — it’s not a patrolled beach so always swim with a friend and keep an eye out for rips. If you are unsure about beach conditions, ask a local.
If you are joining us for Easter there are two events worth checking out. Tropical Fruits Easter party goes down the rabbit hole on Saturday, April 3 (that’s the theme of the party). It’s at the Jiggi Hall from 9pm and the line-up includes DJs Kandy Kane and Mr G. Tickets are $25. Visit for more details.
The second event is the ever-popular Beats, Bowls and Blingo. This event is fast becoming a favourite with locals.
The March Beats, Bowls and Blingo will host the local launch of the Wear It With Pride Campaign. It’s on Sunday, March 28 at the South Lismore Bowling Club in Wilson St, Lismore. Tickets are $10 single or $25 for the family and the DJs include ELSCORCHO, Lady K & 1iSAMURAi.
If all of this doesn’t convince you that the Northern Rivers is a great place to visit, nothing will. So what are you waiting for? Head north, we don’t bite, unless you want us to.
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Dermot Ryan is this month’s guest columnist and is the manager of ACON Northern Rivers Branch.

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