‘Tis the season to fork out lots of money in order to show your love for the most cherished ones in your life, which leaves little to no money for other things.
And especially if you are a uni student, funds for going out on a regular basis are limited at the best of times.
So how can you expect to impress that significant other in your life whilst using little to no money?
Here are a few locations, this side of the bridge, that don’t need heavy expenditure in order to enjoy your time.
Galston Gorge Lookout
Just before the road descends into the depths of the Galston Gorge, off to the left and still on higher ground lies a great lookout. Part of the National Parks and Wildlife Services facilities, a very simple few picnic benches lies on a plateau above the valley.
Although it is very simple, and the facilities may not be for everybody, the view is breath taking. Nothing but bush lies ahead as quintessentially Australian view, gum trees line the hilly landscape of the great gorge. Any time of day is great for a visit to this location, but try not to stay out too late at night, as you won’t see much and may be confused for the wrong type of people.
Ridge Street, St Leonard’s
Another great lookout that encompasses all things Australian can be found on the corner of St. Leonard’s Park at the end of Ridge Street in St. Leonard’s.
Again, very simply laid out, a few park benches are provided and face out over the picturesque city of Sydney and Sydney Harbour. You will have to put up with the noise of the M1 but the view is, hands down, amazing; The Harbour Bridge, The Harbour itself and The Opera House.
A personal favourite, yet possibly beginning to push petrol expenditure limits is the Southern headland at Avalon Beach. Don’t be so stingy; it’s a half hour drive, if that.
Avalon headland can get busy at sunrise and sunset even though there is no furniture provided like other locations. From this vantage point, and a comfy seat on the grass or rocky outcrop over a sheer cliff, you can look out over the ocean and North towards the Barrenjoey headland.
Sydney Road, Hornsby Heights
Finally, and in keeping with the Christmas Spirit, is Sydney Road in Hornsby Heights. A collection of the kooky and creative must happen to live along this street as a great display of all-things festive is on display.
You may be asked to make a donation of a gold coin to enter houses along this street, but the uniform effort of all inhabitants of this street is worth the investment.
‘Tis the season to get amongst some of the better things in life and not have to spend a whole lot of money. As long as you have someone you don’t mind talking to, any of these locations would be great for a trip during the day or evening and will even help exaggerate your romantic side.
So look like an absolute sweetheart this Christmas, but save enough money for yourself at the same time.