COOLING OFF: The beach, the barbie and the beer at Barney Point Beach are quite enough for (from left) Misty Grasham, Buddy the rottweiler, Shaqeal Bligh and Mike Parkin.
COOLING OFF: The beach, the barbie and the beer at Barney Point Beach are quite enough for (from left) Misty Grasham, Buddy the rottweiler, Shaqeal Bligh and Mike Parkin. Ebony Battersby

Barney Point Beach a quiet spot to celebrate

THE sun, the sand and minimal surf - Barney Point Beach was the only contender for Australia Day celebrations among this lot.

While some were up the esplanade slaving over a hot barbie, Misty Grasham, Shaqeal Bligh and Mike Parkin had the right idea of cooling off in the water.

Instead of flocking to popular seaside destinations of Tannum Beach or Canoe Point, the gang of friends and family chose Barney Point because they knew they'd have room to breathe.

Mr Parkin even bought his camping chair into the water with him - where he planned to stay for the remainder of the day.

"What more could you want?" he asked.

"If you can't be happy at the beach with a beer in your hand, then you've got troubles."

The group, reflecting on what Australia meant to them, said as much as it was about celebrating the here and now, it was also a time to remember the sacrifices and journey our country had undergone.

"I remember the soldiers who have fought and died for us to enjoy our freedom," they agreed.

"We've lost a lot of lives to ensure we can sit here at the beach enjoying the sunshine like we are today."

The biggest smile of the day was worn by Buddy the rottweiler, who loves the beach perhaps even a little more than his human counterparts.



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