Haylee Beckhouse with the Australia Day essentials ahead of Thursday’s celebrations.
Haylee Beckhouse with the Australia Day essentials ahead of Thursday’s celebrations. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Region gears to have fun

AUSTRALIA Day essentials - snags, steaks, sauce and ice for the esky - are flying off the shelves in the lead-up to the country's big day.

But the traditional celebrations of a barbecue and cold drinks under the warm Aussie sun are under threat from Mother Nature, with a wet Australia Day predicted.

Mango Camping owner Keith Hartshorn said despite the gloomy weather that has descended on the town, people were determined to get outdoors on Thursday.

"People are quite optimistic and planning to be outside regardless of the weather," he said.

One unusual Australia Day supply that is proving to be increasingly popular with Warwickites is the kayak.

"Kayaks are on the move and people are going to the water," Mr Hartshorn said.

Those who were lucky enough to have scored a four-day weekend were visiting Mr Hartshorn for camping supplies, with Leslie Dam and the Gold Coast the hot spots.

Those who are heading back to the helm on Friday were more likely to load the car with toys such as speed boats, jet skis and kayaks and head to dam for the day.

Supa IGA manager Shane Smith said other big sellers in the days before Australia Day were those that revolved around a barbecue lunch.

Salads, bread rolls, prawns, chips and of course cold drinks to have in hand while watching family members battle it out in a game of backyard cricket.


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