We all love spending time out and about, searching for that perfect spot away from home and work. Here are some tips to drive your dollar further, meaning you can spend more time out there.

Sourcing firewood

The sort of prices that service stations and camping areas charge for wood fuel is outright highway robbery sometimes, and can take a serious chunk out of your camping budget. A great way to beat this is to organise your timber supplies early. If you don’t have any at home you can nab, make a diversion through a state forest on the way to grab some. It’s a great way to include a bit of adventure along the way, and see some different parts of the countryside. It’s worth making a quick call to the local State Forest authority to check on the legalities, but anything already lying down is usually fair game. Collecting timber offcuts is a great way of bolstering supplies, and briquettes can work well with timber to get a good cooking heat going.

Camp in groups

Camping is a great social experience, and a good crowd around you can turn your average trip into something much more memorable. Another great benefit of this is offsetting the costs of camping. Groups can share camping gear and cooking responsibilities, and if everyone pitches in the costs do go down. Catering one night for a larger group doesn’t cost much more than for a couple or small family, and you can be waited upon the other nights!

Watch your speed

It might sound like a little thing, but lowering your speed a little bit whilst on the road goes a long way to reducing running costs. When there are two lanes, and you aren’t backing
up traffic into the horizon, knocking about 10-15 kilometres per hour will make your running much more efficient. Aerodynamic drag increases exponentially with speed. Doubling your speed increases your drag by four times, and so on. The only way that this can be appreciated is if you are not in a hurry; get off the highway, find some back roads, and enjoy the scenery!

MORE FUEL SAVING TIPS:

    • Accelerate slowly
    • Check your tyre pressures
    • Selecting the right gear
    • Using cruise control

Wetting A Line

Fishing is one of Australia’s favourite pastimes, and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. By the time you have made an investment in some basic gear, fishing also becomes a very cost
effective pastime. What’s more, if you land something, you can have a deliciously fresh free dinner!

ESTUARY FISHING

Bays and estuaries, typically found along a majority of Australia’s coastlines, are a great place to wet a line. Aside from looking beautiful, they can typically bag you some delicious fish. Bream and Flathead are usually quite prevalent, with other fish like Whiting and Leatherjacket also on offer. Try to target channels, drop-offs and weed beds, as they can prove to be popular hangouts
for fish. Berleying isn’t a bad idea to increase the chance of a strike, but the most important thing is patience!

BEACH FISHING

There’s nothing more idyllic than fishing off the beach, with waves crashing and the sun dipping, hoping to catch yourself some dinner. You’ll need a big rod to cast into the right
areas, and a variety of weights at hand to suit the surf conditions. Try to cast into gutters and channels, where fish will conglomerate whilst they are also looking for dinner. Tailor and Australian Salmon are a common catch, while the esteemed Mulloway (or Jewfish) is prized fish amongst fishos. Flathead, Snapper and Bream can also be targeted with different rigs and baits on the beach, and are lovely eating when fresh.

A Basic Tackle Box

  • Extra fishing line
  • Knife
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Floaters
  • Sinkers
  • Swivels
  • Hooks
  • Bait

Extra things to consider

  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • A bucket or two
  • Scent-free soap (so you don’t scare the fish)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
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