An east coast low slammed into the surfing village of Crescent Head in March 2017, bringing torrential rain and wild surf. The erratic weather was the tail end of the category four Cyclone Debbie, which wreaked havoc across the popular tourist destination of the Whitsunday Islands, in Queensland. As Debbie moved inland and weakened, she lashed the NSW coast, from Lismore to Crescent, causing major flooding in towns. Of course, we were watching the weather closely as our pre-Easter holiday to Crescent approached. But, given we were due to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen for a long time, we thought ‘what the heck’ and braved the conditions.
Needless to say, we should’ve stayed home. Arriving at Crescent Head Holiday Park at midnight to rain bucketing down was a discouraging way to begin our long weekend. Not being able to use an umbrella in the gale-force wind wasn’t pleasant either. But, the upside? The surf was pumping and impressive, and mud puddles became easy entertainment for our little wild one. The company wasn’t too bad, either.
That said, we put together this mini vid as a reminder to perhaps postpone our camping adventure the next time a cyclone is making landfall.
[Filming & editing: Jennifer Ennion.]