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Wildlife habitat, Port Douglas. My own photo.

Do you enjoy getting out and doing "touristy" things in your own home town? Do you visit local attractions? Which one's? Why/why not?

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I live in Cairns and some "touristy" things we have recently done are: Hartley's creek crocodile farm (you get a 3 day pass so we went twice), "Breakfast with the Birds" at the Port Douglas Wildlife habitat (4 day pass so we went twice), Paronella park (we get a night's free camping to use in the next year so we will go again and spend a night camping); we got a year pass to the Tropical Zoo so we go there regularly. So obviously we love checking out the wildlife parks! We also love to go bushwalking and on lovely day trips so we head up to the Atherton Tablelands regularly.
Yes! Well I do now I'm grown up and a parent. As a child we were taken to see lots of things and places, some near to us some further away but oddly I managed to grow up within four miles of one of the top tourist attractions in Britain - Warwick Castle - without ever going inside it. We were also just down the road from Shakespeare's Stratford but rarely went to the tourist attractions there as they were so expensive.
We have lots of great outdoor places to visit here in the North-East which are either free or part of an annual subscription, so we are planning to go out and about a lot.
Yes! It really surprised me when I travelled, how many of the things I did and loved, I could easily do at home. Now I think it's just an attitude thing: when you're on holidays you look for interesting things to do and see them differently.

Some fun things to do in Melbourne are:
Go see the graffiti in hardware lane, little bourke st, etc. It's incredible.
Check out the tiny penguins at St Kilda Pier
Eat at the top 5 rated urban spoon restaurants for your town- not just the same old place you always go.

I would, if our tourist attractions weren't so expensive. I only go to the free ones, like museums. When I take pictures around London, however, I feel quite touristy, and a bit embarrassed about it.
Yes - I love beaches and parks and wildlife attractions. It's always great to see things as a tourist does, it can make life seem better and give you that sense of well being that comes from being on a holiday even when you're not.

I know it backwards, so really not much to explore these days.
When we first moved here it was a lot of fun.
Still a lovely place to live, maybe we will get out and about in summer.
I live in a beautiful town, so yes! :D
by Vee
Unfortunately I've never really done this. I've hardly even considered the possibility of this. Its easy for other people to come in and enjoy what our town has to offer. Locals like myself often take these facilities for granted.
Yes. There is so much to look at and enjoy in my own area. I always take my camera now and look for interesting things to snap. When you really look there is plenty to enjoy for free or cheaply. It is worth keeping a look out in the local library, local paper, tourist centre and on the internet (check out WeekendNotes) for free and cheap events. If you have the mindset that you are going to explore your local area you will find be amazed at what there is to enjoy.
Love it! When my cousin's son came over we went to Busselton and MR to do wine tasting, Chocolate factory, Simmos, Caves - so much to do. Then hopped on a plane to Sydney, stayed at Aarons just opposite China Town and not far from Darling Harbour, saw all the touristy things and a trip to the Blue Mountains. Great fun. What amuses me though my UK family always expect us to pick them up from the airport but never offer to do the same for us in the UK.
yes, all the time. I love visiting tourist places as they are often so much fun. Now that I have two boys I enjoy seeing them experience new things and get to know the place where we live. There's a lot of free tourist places in Perth, so it need not cost the earth either.
We love discovering new local places - new parks, new cafes, new beaches every weekend.
by Lucy
Before we had children we used to challenge ourselves to eat at a different café each weekend...Was always fun discovering new favourites!
by lizzi
We take the kids along too - lots of child friendly cafes in Brisbane.
by Lucy
Yes I do, Adelaide rarely gets a mention, but we live near the east parklands, l0 mins. walk from the city, we have a great new fooball/crickut stadium in the city, wonderful park between zoo & gardens (WOMAD heaven), love Semaphore beach/coffee etc.
Bowden Train Station coffee house, is wonderful, and yes, I check Weekend Notes, always find something new to do.
A day trip to Pt. Elliott, the coastline,the small shops, fish & chips.
Waterfall Gully, linear park (you can ride a bike from sea to city). And... there's more.
Such a different city than say 5 years ago.
Oh yes. We go to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, we explored the two cathedrals, been to State Parliament and State Library, go on Puffing Billy. When we visit a new area we always go to the local tourist information to see what's on. We like to go for drives. We can't afford to have regular holidays interstate so we like to explore our home town and our own state.
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