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Optimism across regionwith big harvest and better tourist attractions


Cotton picker in great crop. Photo TWH

There is a wave of optimism across the Outback as tourism attractions continue to draw visitors from everywhere and a bountiful cotton crop promises big rewards for growers.

In Bourke, the Jandra Paddleboat was back on the Darling River and tourists were making it a priority to get on board and enjoy one of the most iconic attractions of the Outback.

In Brewarrina, huge numbers turned out to have a go at ice skating on what is probably the furthest inland ice rink in the country, and the people of Goodooga are celebrating the overwhelming success of their new Artesian Bore Baths.

With the prospect of a long hot summer on the horizon, communities across the Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett Shires seem determined to enjoy the good times while they last, and the strong tourism season over the school holidays has given local economies a huge boost.

In Lightning Ridge, final preparations are underway for one of the biggest events on the town’s calendar- the Opal Festival later this month (26-29 July). […]

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