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How to be a tourist in your own town without breaking the bank

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It feels like everywhere I look I am seeing the term Staycation. The idea of having a vacation in your own city has taken the internet by storm. If not a storm, then a well intentioned heavy shower.

And I just want to say two things – ‘called it’ and ‘why aren’t we doing this on a regular basis?’ Being a tourist in your own town should be a way of life, not something that we reserve for special occasions. You should go to museums and parks, eat ice cream at the beach and have breakfast at your favourite look out. But you shouldn’t save it all up for the one weekend when you make the effort to enjoy the world around you. Release your inner Vagabond and make the activities we often reserve for vacation a way of life. We do those things on vacation because we enjoy them and want our vacation to be memorable. It really stands to reason that we should do the things that are enjoyable and memorable on a regular basis instead of plodding through our lives waiting for the next designated fun time.

Unfortunately holidays can be expensive. It takes some of us all year (or longer) to save up to do the things we wouldn’t usually spend the money on because we’re determined to make the most out of every moment of our getaway. While the following list of ways to be a tourist in your own town is in no way definitive, it should give you a good place to start without having to break the bank and sacrifice your holiday savings.

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Somersby Falls, Central Coast, NSW

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I can’t speak highly enough of this little picnic area located, not surprisingly, in Sommersby. It is a delightful spot for a walk, a picnic, a bbq or (as I am quite fond of) a sneaky spot of lunchtime yoga if you work nearby.  Water spilling over lichen covered rocks in this picturesque rainforest location presents a multitude of photo opportunities and serene spots to sit and listen to the water cascading down the falls, meditate or read a book.

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Multifarious bird life, sandwich loving bush turkeys and water monitors and abound in this corner of Brisbane Water National Park. Well maintained steps and natural pathways lead you down the hill to viewing platforms and access points to the falls.  In the pools at the base of Lower Falls you will often see children and young people in swimsuits enjoying a paddle in the shallow water.  If you are very lucky, on a quiet day you may spot a turtle making the most of the tourist free solitude.

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