Big boys toys

Time for an adventure: Four-wheel-driving can offer you the chance to have fun with friends and family while enjoying the great outdoors. Photo: Shutterstock.
Time for an adventure: Four-wheel-driving can offer you the chance to have fun with friends and family while enjoying the great outdoors. Photo: Shutterstock.

Australians are increasingly working more and playing less, and it’s a trend that is impacting individuals and families across the nation. As it becomes harder to balance work and home life, men in particular are suffering from a number mental issues, which is why organisations such as the Black Dog Institute and Men’s Shed’s are becoming so popular.

Even politicians are recognising the many benefits of working less and increasing time for the more important things in life. Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale said we should view of work/life balance with more clarity. “It’s a discussion that should include the things we really value in life, like relationships and being with our loved ones, leisure, sport, volunteering, creativity and all the simple things that make us happy,” Senator Di Natale said.

Good times: Whether it's the speed and comfort of a road bike, or the thrills of a dirt bike, motorbikes are one of the ultimate boys toys. Photo: Shutterstock.

Good times: Whether it's the speed and comfort of a road bike, or the thrills of a dirt bike, motorbikes are one of the ultimate boys toys. Photo: Shutterstock.

While the traditional role of males as breadwinners is becoming less apparent, it is still important for men to have time away from work and stress and catch up with friends. So it’s time to stop feeling guilty about downing your tools and picking up your toys, it may just be a good health strategy. 

There is a misconception that men hide away in their man cave occupying themselves with the latest gadgets to the exclusion of all else, but if you find the right hobby it can become a bonding experience for men, their mates and their kids.

Guitars, cars and motorbikes, sport, home improvement, camping and even cooking are just some of the pastimes which guys can enjoy with their mates or kids.

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Four wheel driving is a past time that is becoming increasingly popular with more affordable vehicles and equipment than ever before. There’s nothing better than getting away from civilisation for a few days, or weeks, and exploring the little-known tracks that weave through the outback. 

Some take it easy and just find a nice camping spot for a weekend away from the world, while others race through water, find the steepest hills to tackle, or attempt crossing the deepest bogs. No matter how you like to four wheel drive, there are a few rules that should be followed to ensure you have a safe and fun weekend. 

  1. Never go alone.
  2. Make sure all gear is in working order. 
  3. Check over your vehicle.

Along with staying safe there’s plenty of gear on the market you might need including snorkels, winch and snatch straps, a bullbar, suitable tyres, a tyre repair kit and camping equipment

The amount of gear available is always growing with new toys coming out every day for enthusiasts. When planning a trip make sure you ask you local expert about conditions and equipment you might need..