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Information & Ideas

Welcome to the


Australia's most consulted resource on



for Home, Lifestyle and Family ... 

Your Family is the most important thing in your life, right?

But what if you couldn't help your family when they needed you the most?

Sure, life gets busy, finances get tight and if there was an emergency you could always rely on emergency services to help you, right?

Well what if they were busy helping everyone else...?

What if they couldn't get to you in time?

You need to learn HOW TO HELP YOURSELF!

And you can do that here.....


The Big River site offers a comprehensive library of reference articles and information about planning and preparing for an emergency or disaster...

We share articles such as news, stories,  information, practical ideas, projects & how-to's ... as well as emergency references & links and product reviews to help you become more informed and better prepared.

Our aim is to inspire, motivate and educate you about the importance of being prepared and how you can do this in simple ways at home by yourself by offering you options, alternatives, solutions and ideas ....  

So, whether you are preparing to protect yourself or your family from a Natural or Man-made Disaster, Financial Hardship or Civil Unrest or perhaps just wanting to set-up and prepare your home to be a little bit more self-reliant – the team here at BIG RIVER TRADING CO. can help you.

Please take the time to explore the site it is full of great information ... see also our popular 'Prepper Pages' for the more serious minded ...

Don't forget to join our social media groups so you can keep up-to-date with new items as they are published and then you can share, tweet, like and email  your friends and family so that they too can be better informed and kept up-to-date....


Resilience - a natural human trait

Survival Bracelet Image

Just under a year ago believe it or not I had no idea of what a 'Prepper' was, and it was a discussion that continued to arise around the camp fire on our wilderness survival courses in particular. Apparently many people attending those courses were seeking a broader range of skills to assist them in times of disaster.

Written by Rich Hungerford, Posted in Information & Ideas, Outdoors & Survival, Preppers News & Stories, Community - Resilience, Outdoors - Traveling, Camping & Survival


How long could Australia survive if fuel supplies dried up?


Al Qaeda has urged jihadists to attack the Malacca Straits, through which more than half of Australia's oil is shipped, so how well prepared is the country for a disruption to our fuel supply?

Posted in News - Local, Information & Ideas, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Terror and Civil Unrest


YouTube - Frugal Living

YouTube - Frugal Living

Check out the Big River Trading Co channel on YouTube... there are heaps of YouTube's showing you lots of great information and advice regarding

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Your Home, Kitchen, Laundry, Garden,
  • The shed
  • Home Butchering
  • The property

and so much more....

but here is a selection of YouTubes on Frugal Living

Posted in Information & Idea's, Information & Ideas, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Coping, Home Preparedness - Frugal and Simple Living


Outdoor Kitchen

I would love one of these.... imagine sitting out here when the power is out and you can still cook... it would be lovely in winter time and cool in summer!

outdoor oven

Posted in Home Preparedness - The Kitchen - Non Electric Equipment & Utensils, Cooking with Fire, Information & Ideas


Are You Worried About Your Families Future? Here are Three Ways to Protect Them.

protect families future

We do a lot to make sure that are families are safe and secure from all the craziness the world wants to throw at them!  You talk to your family about safety and how to be careful in public.  You purchase insurance just in case there is an emergency.  You care about their education and if they will be successful. This list could go on and on.  But what if there were a few more things that you could do, right now, that you haven’t thought of, to help make sure your family was better off in the near future.  Would you do them?  Do you want to know?

Posted in Information & Ideas, Emergency Preparedness - Threats - Food Shortages, Preppers News & Stories, Emergency Preparedness Threats - Financial Hardship and Enconomic Distress, Emergency Preparedness - Information


The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – Free PDF

The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – Free PDF

Now available as a free PDF.... this book gives you a great insight into the world of self-sufficiency and teaches you the basic guidelines of becoming self reliant.

As one of the great pioneers of self-sufficiency John Seymour teaches us how to help ourselves by understanding and creating food security in our home by using time honoured methods and skills such as gardening, animal husbandry, natural energy supply, planning your property layout, skills and building projects and so much more ....

This is a great place to start so download it today, what a great find to share!

Posted in Home Preparedness - The Kitchen - Cooking, Canning, Preserving, Drying and Preparing Food, Information & Idea's, Information & Idea's, Information & Idea's, Information & Idea's, Information & Idea's, Preppers News & Stories, Information & Ideas, Information & Idea's, Product Review - Book Review