At 4 pm, the agreed upon meeting time, the outlook didn’t look good. It was pouring rain with thunder and lightning all around us. True to Mallacoota style, 15 minutes later the rain stopped, the clouds passed and the sun peeked through. It was dicey, but we gave it a shot. 10 minutes later we had 7 cheeky groms down the beach, the sun was beaming, and the beaches were completely free of the customary holiday tourist crush. And to look at these, you never would have known!

An hour later as I sat at my computer downloading the shots, wouldn’t you know it – a huge clap of thunder, and it bucketed down hail! Quintessential Mallacoota.