• Garry brings Nive Beef Jerky to Young Hotel, NSW

    Garry brings Nive Beef Jerky to Young Hotel, NSW

    Remember Victor Kiam, the man who said he liked Remington razors so much that he bought the company?

    Garry Cummins is a bit like that. He tasted some Nive Beef Jerky. Loved it so much, he bought 44 packets for his Hotel – @The Young Hotel in Lynch St, Young New South Wales.

    Young is glorious, the Cherry Capital of Australia. Just 4 hours from Sydney, and 2 hours from Canberra. Orchards, vineyards, delicious gourmet dining and pub grub … good old fashioned country cooking grown and raised locally, paddock to plate, just like @ Nive Beef Jerky!

    After you’ve enjoyed this mouth-watering treat with a crisp coldie at Garry’s Young Hotel, book-end it by following the chocoholics to Poppas Fudge Factory. Hundreds of buses stop there every week.

    Once you’re energised with this delicious low-fat, low-carb all Aussie Beef Jerky from Outback Queensland, Garry may even have you join his join his Darts, Basketball or Cricket team!

    If you can’t get to see Garry at the Young Hotel, order some here https://nivebeef.com.au/

    See more of Young NSW here – https://youtu.be/Vg2VotI6WD0?list=TLGGP0-tc9y7lz8wMTA2MjAyMQ&t=13

    nivebeefjerky #younghotel #YoungNSW #cherries #australianbeef

  • Caravanning the Outback this winter? Tips others learnt the hard way!

    Caravanning the Outback this winter? Tips others learnt the hard way!

    You may be a grey nomad, a professional travel blogger, a family on holiday or working away from the office. Never before have we spent as much time appreciating our own beautiful country. Here are some ideas you might enjoy – and some tips from families who have done it the hard way.

    NB – Don’t wait to get out in the outback before trying NIVE BEEF JERKY – Order https://nivebeef.com.au/ with speedy delivery – and get ready for your outback adventure.

    Charleville Visitor Information Centre has great ideas for you. You’re going to love Charleville ! and you can’t visit here without treating yourself to NIVE BEEF JERKY made locally. Amazing flavour and totally nutritious. It’s worth the trip on its own! Buy Nive Beef Jerky at the Charleville Visitor information centre, when you drop in at the Railway Station, King Street and tell them Doug sent you! #charleville #nivebeefjerky

    See – https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au/news/10-things-to-do-in-charleville/

    CARAVANNING TIPS 47 TRAVELLING FAMILIES WISH THEY’D LEARNED SOONER – with thanks https://abigpeacheyadventure.com.au/

    We asked the question:

    “What’s one tip about travelling in a caravan with a family you wish you knew before you hit the road?”

    Let’s find out what they said:

    1. BUY DARK COLOURED SHEETS FOR YOUR CARAVAN’S BEDS
      Like it or not:

    When you’re a travelling family your caravan’s beds will end up being used as couch space.

    And the kids’ feet will get on your light coloured sheets.

    Rachel’s caravanning tip is that you should expect to be a bit grubby, and that’s okay…

    …but at least if you buy dark sheets it’s not so obvious!

    1. MAKE A CHECKLIST FOR WHEN YOU LEAVE THE CARAVAN PARK
      If you sit around a caravan park around 10 am you’re likely to see a van take off with the antenna up.

    Or the step down.

    [We’d always forget to turn the gas off]

    Caravanning Tips – Caravan Towing Checklist

    And it’s worse when you’ve got kids trying to chat to you while you’re packing-up!

    So we made a simple checklist that we kept in our phone:

    We’d run through it before we took off.

    And even though we’ve stayed in over 50 places in the last 2 years… we’d still forget things.

    The checklist would save us.

    Read: Caravan Towing Checklist: 16 Things To Check [Every Time You Tow]

    1. GET MORE FREEZER SPACE (IT GIVES YOU MORE FREEDOM AND PAYS FOR ITSELF PRETTY QUICKLY)
      Amanda’s tip is: get more freezer space.

    It’s the one thing the Lovells on Tour wish they’d had… especially when free camping or heading to more remote places.

    Having a bigger freezer lets you:

    Stock up when things are cheap
    Have more meal options in your rotation
    Not need to buy as many meals ‘out’
    Spend more time free camping
    We started without a car fridge:

    Big mistake.

    So we ended up getting one that doubled as extra freezer space.

    It cost us about $480 from eBay… and paid for itself after about 6 weeks of travelling

    1. STOCK UP ON WINE BEFORE YOU GO TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
      If you’re from a part of the country where you’re used to decent $5-$10 cleanskins then be prepared for a shock:

    Wine is VERY expensive in the NT.

    And, if you’re caravanning, you’ve probably made the switch to cask wine.

    Caravanning tips – cask wine

    (If you haven’t yet, you probably will… it’s not as bad these days)

    But would you spend $30?

    Probably not.

    Now, we’re not recommending you start some prohibition-style bootlegging racket here…

    …but floor pricing is a real thing.

    1. TAKE A BUCKET WITH A SCREW-ON LID FOR DOING LAUNDRY
      Have a mini washing machine in your caravan?

    Plan on just using the caravan park’s laundromats?

    Either way, you’ll more than likely end up doing some hand-washing.

    A collapsible tub works well, but a bucket with a screw-on lid works better.

    You can put your dirty clothes in there. Add some water and detergent.

    Caravanning Tips – Large Bucket With Screw on Lid

    Screw on the lid… and drive.

    Once you reach your destination, the washing’ done.

    Read: Washing Clothes While Caravanning: The 5 Best Options

    1. BOOK EARLY FOR THE SPIRIT OF TASMANIA… BUT DON’T FORGET TO BOOK YOUR RETURN TRIP TOO
      The Spirit of Tasmania is booked out for months in advance.

    So if you’re thinking of going:

    Book now.

    Spirit of Tasmania

    But do some research first.

    You need to know how long you want to stay when you book.

    We know of more than one travelling family who got stuck in Tasmania for weeks longer than they’d planned…

    If you try to book your return trip while you’re there it might be a 4-6 week wait.

    1. HAVE A ‘PLAN B’ IN CASE YOU CAN’T COPE WITH NOISY SLEEPERS
      Natalie and her family over at Curious Campers started off with everyone in a hard floor camper…

    …but quickly realised the kids were noisy little sleepers and they couldn’t all sleep in the same room.

    They added a dome tent for the rest of their 7 month trip.

    It worked well for them… and to be honest?

    Knowing how noisy our caravan can get overnight with a little one, it sounds peaceful being outside!

    Might be a good solution for adult snorers too…

    1. DON’T BOOK ACCOMODATION UNTIL YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION
      Making Trax with Max’s approach is to just wing it and go with the flow.

    Making Trax with Max

    Their caravanning tip is don’t book accomodation:

    They’ve pulled into places expecting to stay a week and have stayed a day.

    (and vice versa).

    We agree with this one big time…

    …it usually works out A LOT cheaper doing it this way too.

    1. KEEP A SPARE KEY TO THE CARAVAN IN THE CAR (AND VICE-VERSA)
      This one should be pretty self-explanatory:

    The worst place to keep a spare caravan key is in your caravan.

    We didn’t even lose keys… but relied on this caravanning tip more than once.

    If one of you goes out to get milk and the rest of the family are off on a walk when you get back?

    Then this can be handy.

    1. YOU CAN SAVE A LOT OF MONEY (AND FREEZER SPACE) BY COOKING AND FREEZING MEAL-SIZED PORTIONS
      Cooking is the last thing you want to do after a long day of travel.

    Especially if you’ll be on the road again in the morning.

    It makes it tempting to just buy dinner…

    …but this can add up, and quickly become your largest travel expense.

    Make the most of opportunities to do a cook-up, and put them in your freezer in meal-sized portions.

    Then you have some cheap, easy (and often better-tasting) meals on hand.

    1. USE GOOGLE MAPS WITHOUT HAVING PHONE RECEPTION BY USING THE ‘OFFLINE MAPS’ FUNCTION
      Google Maps and smartphones killed the GPS device industry.

    But what happens if you’re travelling and you don’t have decent phone reception?

    Caravanning Tips – Download Google Maps Offline

    The good news is you can download offline maps pretty easily

    (and the maps update automatically when your’e connected to Wi-Fi)

    1. SAVE YOUR $1 COINS: YOU’LL NEED THEM FOR THE LAUNDROMAT
      Now, you might have an awesome mini washing machine in your caravan, or a great hand-washing set up.

    But whether you like it or not:

    You’ll probably need to use the caravan park’s machines at some point.

    Towels. Linen. Blankets.

    Sometimes you just want to do a large load to catch up on a family-load of washing.

    The $1 / $2 coin is the currency of caravan park washing machines.

    1. DOWNLOAD THE WIKICAMPS APP
      One of our biggest caravanning tips is to get WikiCamps:

    and we added our own Number 14- Don’t wait to get out in the outback before trying NIVE BEEF JERKY – Order https://nivebeef.com.au/ with speedy delivery – and get salivating for your outback adventure.

  • A word about Sustainability

    A word about Sustainability

    ” Basically I say to people I meet, If you don’t look after your land, it in turn does not look after you.”

    “What I mean by this statement is if I overstock my country with livestock, you have less grass – and having less grass means next time it rains, the grass takes longer to respond to rain.  

    It’s because the root system is shorter there, and won’t get the nutrients and the water needed to grow. Also having a shorted root system in the ground, there is no structure ( roots) holding the soil in place when it rains and the by product of this is erosion.

    Sustaining the land

    This is devastating to the soil profile. There is a fine line juggling what is good for the livestock and what good for the land, especially in the drought. But the grass is the key to reduce runoff from rain and increase penetration of water into the soil by good root structures and mechanical earth moving eg ( ponding banks, diversion banks, spreading banks.)

    This increases growth .. in turn, the fatter the cattle the happier they are and the happier we are. There are a few other factors involved but this the simple version of looking after your future and business.

    What makes Nive Beef Jerky different ?

    We are a cattle farming family located north-west of Augathella Qld. We created a unique Beef Jerky based on an old family recipe and named after the property “NIVE DOWNS”. The Nive Beef Jerky is sliced at the local Augathella butcher shop and then sent to the Endeavour Foundation’s Toowoomba facility to be processed and packed.

    Assisting the Endeavor Foundation

    It gives us all great pleasure to know that any sales that we create provides more employment for the intellectually disabled in the Darling Downs area and puts smiles on many happy workers at the facility, providing them with new skills, which helps them feel part of a team and earn an income.

    At Nive Beef Jerky we’ve created a quality fusion of Angus and Charolais beef cattle, purely grass-fed; producing high quality beef and using low stress farming techniques; hormone-free, preservative-free, high in protein and an excellent snack that helps to make you feel fuller longer.

    Order from us with confidence- true paddock to plate – for flavour and healthy enjoyment. At https://nivebeef.com.au/products/

    Love, from your favorite farmers.