Playing billiard in Australia

Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally.

BilliardCompetitive play

Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the competitive aspect of billiards in Australia. Billiard associations all around the country are affiliated to the ABSC. To enter the ABSC, you must have attained a certain placing in tournaments. There are definitely many opportunities to pursue billiard competitively and even as a career. Upon joining the ABSC, you get the chance to represent Australia in international and regional competitions.

If you wish to get started in billiard competitively, you can look for your state’s affiliated state association and search for clubs in your locale from there. You should be able to get into contact with Australian Sports Commission accredited billiard instructors through your clubs. Or you could also read up on useful billiard websites.

Playing at home

Many people have a billiard table at home. The table is a great investment, as it can be passed down as a family heirloom for many generations. It retains its luster and value over the years, allowing it to be sold at a decent price later if you no longer find enjoyment from it (which is highly unlikely). If you play pool often and are financially secure, investing in a billiard table would be a great option.

Pool Table

Purchasing your very own pool table in Australia is relatively easy because there are many table manufacturers and distributors around Australia. This makes it convenient for you to check out the pool table yourself before any purchase. Many of these places also offer some form of warranty and help to deliver, advise and set up the pool table for you.  Do check with the manufacturer or distributor if they offer such services.

Some manufacturers you can check out include:

It would also be wise to get second-hand equipment if you are not willing to splurge. Pool tables are built to last so getting used pool tables does not compromise too much on the quality. You can browse gumtree.com.au, ebay or Amazon for ads selling used pool tables in Australia but avoid making purchases before looking at the table beforehand.

Play in a bar

If you are itching to play billiard but don’t have a pool table, then drop by a nearby bar. Most bars have billiard equipment charged at a small fee. Call up a few friends, order a few beers and you are set. Billiard is a very popular pastime in Australia so most bars should have bar tables for your enjoyment.

Billiard Table

There are many routes for a billiard player in Australia. You can be the pro in your family or a world champion. Whether you look upon billiard as a way to de-stress, or a way to get stressed, it is hard to deny how awesome billiard is.

Best fishing spots in Australia

Australia is a fisherman’s heaven. Almost every coastline that encircles Australia teems with life and every location provides its own unique fishing experience.

There are great fishing spots for the kayak fisherman, the boat fisherman and the land angler. There are some spots that offer nicer scenery and others that boast the greatest variety of fishes.

That’s why it is so hard to narrow down the best fishing spots in Australia. But, I have done it anyway. While this list is not definitive and certainly not exhaustive, the spots chosen are some of the best in their respective regions.

Exmouth, WA

Exmouth, the world’s greatest fringing reef, is known to have one of the greatest diversity of marine life and fishes in Australia and even the world. Expect to reel in the likes of mahi mahi, coral trout and sailfishes regularly. Exmouth is also friendly for both boat-based and land-based fishing thus it is perfect for kayak fishing for beginners. The Ningaloo coastline at Exmouth has been declared as a World Heritage Marine Park, which means the authorities are actively protecting and preserving the area. Hopefully, we get to enjoy this great fishing spot for many more years to come.

Exmouth

Fraser Island, Qld

Fraser Island offers great catches all year round. Tailors congregate here from July to September and you can also expect to haul in many other species in the rest of the year such as mackerels and tuna. Look out for sharks as well! You can also exploit the availability of fresh bait around Fraser Island. Fraser Island is a World Heritage site with a history steeped in Aboriginal heritage. Not only do you get a rewarding fishing experience, you can also immerse yourself in the beautiful scenic landscape, dotted with diverse flora and fauna and lined with coloured sand cliffs.

Fraser Island

Grampians, Vic.

For freshwater fishing, Grampians is the spot. There are rivers and lakes aplenty for your pick. The Wimmera River offers a wide range of fishes from golden perches to carps. In fact, the Wimmera River is the only place in Victoria where it is not illegal to catch and keep freshwater catfish that are over 30cm. There is also a great population of brown trout in the Mackenzie River and redfish in the Glenelg and Wannon rivers.

Grampians is also a great spot for flyfishing, particularly on Lake Bellfield where it is teeming with trout and redfish. There are also many other lakes such as Lake Toolondo (for brown trout), Taylor’s lake (for golden perch and Murray cod), Natimuk Lake (for rainbow trout), Lake Wartook (for redfins) and Lake Hamilton (for redfin and trouts) that you will be spoilt for choice.

Grampians

St. Helens Georges Bay, TA

St Helens is suitable for pier fishing although it is also great for flyfishing and boat fishing. Some species to be found at St Helens are the albacore, Australian salmon, striped marlin, garfish and mako shark amongst many others. The wide diversity and great populations of fishes here has made St. Helens the capital for game fishing in Tasmania.

St Helens Georges Bay

Gove Peninsula, NT

For a peaceful fishing trip along untouched coastlines in the great outdoors, choose Gove Peninsula. Expect to catch some magnificent Barramundi, Red Emperor, Giant Trevally, Cobia and Mangrove Jack. At Gove Peninsula, look forward to trying your hand at different types of fishing, from sports and blue water fishing to wilderness fishing safaris.

Gove Peninsula

Rather than crack your heads over choosing the best spot, why not plan a road trip around Australia to experience all of these awesome locations?

How to get started with archery in Australia

Archery as a sport in Australia and all over the world has been gaining greater traction these days. And no wonder because it is a great sport for training patience, consistency and resilience. It is also great for overall body conditioning.

ArcheryResearch about the sport

Before starting out, you should learn a bit more about the sport, including the types of archery available such as compound bow. Besides the archery you see at the Olympics (called target archery by the way), there are also other disciplines like 3D archery involving shooting at animal-size targets and field archery where you shoot on a roving course.

Archery Australia oversees the following types of archery: target, clout, field, indoor, flight, para, match play and vision impaired archery. Learn more about them here.

Visit a club or contact a coach

To gain an appreciation for the sport before actually committing to it, you can find and contact a club to undertake an Archery Come and Try coaching course. You will be taught by instructors qualified with Archery Australia. To participate in this programme, you will need to be registered as a temporary member. The temporary membership ensures you are insured and permits you to attend lessons at the club.

After you are ready to commit, you can join the club and get in contact with accredited and experienced instructors through the club. You will also need to sign up as a member with Archery Australia first and read up more about archery from reliable compound bow guide.

After joining a club

After getting your newly minted membership card, you might feel the urge to rush into getting your own archery equipment. Proudly owning your own bows and arrows is an exciting prospect. But calm down! It is best to wait until you have completed the course before you splurge on expensive equipment.

Delaying the purchase actually gives you time to know your style and posture and this will help you better ascertain the suitability of the equipment when you finally make the purchase. Also, the threat you pose with your own bow and arrows outside the club reduces significantly once your excitement dies down.

In the meantime, you can rent the archery equipment supplied by the clubs for a small fee. Take advantage of this to try out different models and see which you like best.

Also, take a look at the courses available at the club. Try out the beginner courses first before moving on to more advanced courses. Also, would you prefer individual tutelage or group lessons? Speak to the coach if you are not sure about which courses to take. Also, you can talk to them about your long-term development in the sport.

Archery Party

As a member, you will be allowed to participate in club and national tournaments and events so you should be attending as many of these events as possible.

You stand to gain a lot of insight both as a competitor as well as an observer. Nerves are particularly wrecking in a sport like archery that requires steadiness and precision. Seeing how the advanced archers cope with the stress of the competition and enter ‘Zen’ mode will be quite a learning experience.

You’ll then be able to make a more informed decision between pursuing archery competitively or as a purely recreational activity.

Australia Archery

Picking the right faucets for an Australian home

Faucets are a staple in any home and a crucial factor in jazzing up any kitchen or bathroom. A great waterfall faucet can elevate an ordinary kitchen or bathroom into a great one.

Homegrown or international faucet manufacturer?

Faucet Strommen Logo_Final International Faucet

In Australia, the two biggest faucet manufacturers are Strommen (products designed and produced in Australia), and Kohler (American-based company). Bigger companies have nation-wide presence so it’s easier to visit their showrooms to get a feel of the faucets. Also, they tend to offer a better range of services including post-purchase reparation.

However, it may be safer to go with homegrown companies that manufacture and test their faucets in Australia because you can be sure they will fit the plumbing in your Australian home, although this should not be too much of a concern for reputable international companies.

One-handled, Two-handled or hands-free?

pull-out-sprayDifferent people interact with their faucets differently. Some find it more comfortable to use the one-handled faucet because they can free up one hand to test the temperature of the water while the other hand adjusts the faucet. Others prefer the two-handled faucet so that they can adjust the temperature more precisely. More recently, hands-free sensor operated faucets are gaining popularity because they offer a more hygienic alternative. However, it is slightly more inconvenient as most sensors are still not very sensitive.

The faucet configuration really depends on personal preference. Therefore, it would be ideal to try out the faucet at the nearest showroom before purchasing it.

What’s the faucet for?

If it’s a kitchen faucet, you might wish to install pullout sprays to access tough-to-reach areas of the sink. Another feature to consider are pot fillers. These are wall-mounted faucets placed above the stove so that you need not lug heavy pots of water from the sink to the stove. I tend to prefer higher arc faucets for the kitchen because they make it easier to clean pots and pans.

If it’s for the bathroom, I prefer to install lower arc taps so that fewer splashes are created when the water hits the basin. Unlike in the kitchen, where you may install more faucets on the deck for different features like lotion dispensers or an extra spray (depending on your piping), having one simple faucet in the bathroom will free up more space on the deck for you to place soaps, toothpaste, cups and make-up.

Going Green

Many Australians are more environmentally conscious these days. Besides, there’s no harm saving on water bills as well. To help you reduce water wastage, use faucets that meet Australia’s Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS). Homegrown companies tend to meet domestic standards while you will need to double-check for international companies.

New FaucetStyle

Angular faucets tend to suit modern designs while curvy faucets give a more vintage style and are much easier to clean. The finish can also add flair to the room.

The finish is also important in determining how often you need to clean your faucet and its durability. Corrosion-resistant finishes like brushed nickel can allow your faucet to last longer. Stain-resistant like matte black or satin brass means you don’t have to clean them too often. Other finishes like polished brass and oil-rubbed bronze are easy to clean. Some finishes like copper even come with antimicrobial properties although it’s harder to maintain its shine.

The best time to barbecue in Australia

Australia has a long and great tradition of barbecue. We put the shrimp on the barbie whenever possible, rain, snow or shine. We just can’t get enough of our meat, the great outdoors and the company of friends and family. Although Australians can and will make any type of weather barbecue weather, it is still helpful to know the ideal time for a barbecue in Australia.

Unless you want to end up like this guys below:

Barbecue in the rain

Summertime = Barbecue time?

BBQMany of us equate the scorching summertime to barbecue time. Summer offers less chance of rain, snow or anything falling from the sky for that matter.  Also, it provides a great opportunity for us to bask in the glorious sun and enjoy the summer breeze.

However, summer is not quite the best time to barbecue in Australia simply because it may be too hot. Barbecues expose us to the hot sun and the hot grill simultaneously. Add them together and you might be basking in 30+ degree Celsius temperatures. In addition, torrential rains and higher levels of humidity actually occur in the summer for some parts of Australia like Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Due to the uncertain weather in Australia, it is advisable and a good investment to get an indoor electric smoker. This way, you can start barbecuing anytime without depending on the weather.

Weather conditions to look out for

2 GuysIt is hard to pin point the best part of the year for barbecues because climates differ so greatly across Australia. However, there are certain weather conditions you can look out for as signs of great barbecue weather. I would say the best time to barbecue is when humidity is low, rainfall is unlikely and temperatures reign at 15-25 degrees Celsius. You will be able to enjoy a cool breeze rather than a hot smack of air but still feel the sun kiss your skin. You will be able to spend hours outside by the grill without breaking a sweat or dying for a shower.

However, you will need to run some checks to find out when this type of weather conditions occur in your region. In Sydney, the best time would be in spring (August to September). In Brisbane where winters are dry, mild and pleasant, barbecues may be ideal around September when winter is leading into spring. For Darwin, which has a sub-tropical climate, October-April should be avoided due to the heavy rains and lightning storms, while June-July is ideal for barbecues. Check out more weather details from the experts here.

The best day to barbecue

If you are waiting for a particular day to have that awesome Aussie BBQ, then hold your spatulas for Australia Day on the 26th January. This is when everyone brings out the grill to cook up some patriotism. Having a barbecue on this day is the greatest way to immerse in the Australian spirit and enjoy the best of Australia’s produce, from her juicy beefsteaks to the luscious butter. The BBQ atmosphere on this day is unparalleled.

barbecue day

This day may not be ideal in terms of weather. In Darwin and Gold Coast for instance, you could be in the middle of a rainy season. However, that is the beauty of holding your barbecue on this day. Rain or snow, dry or wet, hot or cold, every Australian will stick it to the weather and resume barbecuing their shrimps (and awesome steak of course). And if you continue your barbecue into the evening, you can enjoy the fireworks amidst the aroma of grilling steak and the company of friends and family. Barbecue is afterall an Australian pastime.

BBQ Day Australia