The downpour of rain on Thursday was a far cry from the frightening fire that tore through homes and bush at Kangaroo Valley earlier this month.
The Currowan mega blaze burnt through the western side of the village late on January 4, forcing residents and holidaymakers to flee.
Some residents returned home to see the worst - their homes turned to rubble.
But in their grief, many have turned to the community for support.
Locals have wrapped their arms around each and banded together.
On Thursday, another part of the healing and rebuilding process began when drops of rain fell over the town.
Kangaroos and other wildlife ventured from the blackened bushland to soak up the rain and eat from paddocks.
As business owners proudly announced, "we are open", they were overjoyed to see the rain, which washed away a small part of the pain.
Kangaroo Valley Fudge House owner Paula Couchman said now was a better time than ever for tourists and day-trippers to visit the town.
"You can never get a car park in the main street at this time of year, now there are spots everywhere," she said.
"Plus, as it has been quieter, everyone have so much amazing produce. There is more to choose from than normal.
"The accommodation providers down here are also doing amazing deals to encourage people to stay.
"So those luxury retreats that you may not have been able to afford before, are at bargain prices."
Ms Couchman said trade had significantly reduced and it was tough.
"In December and January, we usually get between 35 to 40 percent of yearly trade," she said.
"It is 85 percent down.
"We have all had to reduce staff hours."
Ms Couchman said locals who did not even like fudge or ice cream were coming in to support her but they needed more tourists.
"We want a hand up not a hand out," she said.
"We want people to come spend their money, have a good time and see that we are happy and open.
"We want to share that we are survivors."
Tourists were hearing business owners' pleas and were spending money in town. Former Southern Highlands residents Nyrie Simpson and daughter Chloe Palmer-Simpson met friends for lunch in town.
"We wanted to come up to support the local community and enjoyed a nice day of shopping day," Nyrie Simpson said.
"It is good to support the businesses as we were once locals. We wanted to give back to the community who once helped us."
The pair were so happy to see rain, they danced their way back to their car.
"It is absolutely wonderful to see some rainfall," Ms Simpson said.
"I don't care if it rains for the next 40 days - a lot of parents home on school holidays might - but hopefully it falls everywhere that is needed.
"It would be great if we get the five days of rain as forecast. I know it won't put out the fires but hopefully it gives the firefighters some relief."
Kangaroo Valley is expected to receive up to 10 millimetres of rain on Friday and up to 20 millimetres each day from Saturday to Monday.
Sam Rodden, who manages the Friendly Inn on the main street, said "the rain was a very welcome change".
"In the Valley, the farmers have been struggling with record drought and low rainfall, so it is really nice to have a bit of reprieve," he said.
Mr Rodden helped create a video, with other business owners, encouraging people to come to town as foot traffic at the pub had been very quiet in the past two weeks.
"This is normally the busiest time of year where we get a lot of tourist trade," he said.
"I know how much of an impact the fires has had on us and other small businesses in town, so I thought we should get together as a community and make a video.
"We need to let people know we are open.
"A man who lives in Berry came into the pub to say he had $100 to spend in Kangaroo Valley at various local businesses.
"The more people who do that, will make a difference to our town."
Mr Rodden said some people thought the town had been decimated by fire but that was not true.
The recovery effort is now well underway. Properties are being assessed by insurers and the state government's disaster relief team.
An estimated 20 to 30 homes were lost in Kangaroo Valley however up to 70 properties may have been affected in some way.
Barrengarry Boutique Farm Cottages owner Barry Faulks said the evacuation of the town forced people from overseas and interstate to cancel their booking.
However, he knew he had to weather this quieter time and stay positive.
"My agent Kangaroo Valley Getaways has reduced the price for our accommodation by 10 per cent for the next two months as an incentive," Mr Faulks said.
"But the water, power and rate bills still keep coming. It is tough, that's for sure."
Angela Hatton and her mother, who was visiting from the United Kingdom, met friends in Kangaroo Valley on Thursday.
Ms Hutton said she had already planned to come to the town while her mother was in Australia on a holiday, but felt it was even more important after the fire.
"It is a nice place to bring people so we have come for the day and we have a night's accommodation in the local golf club," Ms Hatton said.
"We are trying to boost the local economy since locals have asked people to come to town."