One of the biggest budget costs while travelling Australia involves the grocery bill for our family of five. Our grocery shopping hovers around $220-$250 per week, depending on the location, either being remote or access to the big chain supermarkets. So I thought I'd let you in on what exactly we feed our family. 

kids having dinner while watching the sunset at 1770, qld.

kids having dinner while watching the sunset at 1770, qld.

Now, we eat pretty darn well, very healthy (chocolate's healthy yeah?). It's important to us to have a balance of good foods and give our three kids all the proper nutrition they need. I'm no expert, but I just want them fuelled with the good stuff! They sleep well, their behaviour is great (most of the time) and they have plenty of energy, so food is key to a happy healthy child. Our kids don't cope real well on preservatives and sugar so I try to give them very little of this.

One of the common questions we are asked is what exactly do we eat while travelling. So, here is a little breakdown for you.

Breakfast - Porridge (quick oats cost $1.10 for 750g bag - bargain and keeps tummy's full).
Eggs on toast,
Baked beans on toast,                                    

Lunch - Vegemite or ham and cheese Sandwiches,
Chicken & Salad Wraps,
Tuna on Rice Cakes

Dinner - Kids
Tuna Bake (costs $11.30 to make and feed 3 kids for FIVE meals!) See recipe below!
Zucchini Slice
Spaghetti Bolognase,
Fish and salad,
Snags/chicken and vege,
Ravioli and vege,
Tuna and brown rice (weird eh!),

Dinner - Bec & Justin
Steak (rump) and vege,
Chicken stirfry's,
Fish (caught) and salad,
Mini Roasts,

A quick an easy meal that we prepare all the time on our travels. The whole family LOVES it!!

Snacks - Kids
LOADS of fruit - watermelon, grapes, apples, bananas and mandarins as a staple, 
Muesli bars or no bake healthy bars(homemade)
Rice Wheels,
Pop Corn,
Peanut butter cruskits,
Boiled Eggs,
Rice Cakes

Snacks - Bec & Justin
Muesli bars,
Coffee (pod machine)
Boiled Egg
Rice Cakes
Smoothies (we have a Nutri Bullet)

We buy all our meat in Bulk when we travel. It saves us heaps of money and we have the room to store it. The caravan has a great sized freezer and the Mazda has a 60 litre Engel in the back and it's always chock full of bulk meat, chicken and fish!!


Buy meat in bulk if you have the room to store.

Freeze kids meals, very handy to pull out of the freezer and microwave after a day exploring. It soon stops those 'hangry' kids and has them fed in no time!

We love making easy meals that feed the tribe in our caravan.. Here's a quick vid of my spag bol recipe that the kids love!!

Check out the local butchers for a great meat deal.

Peraration! If you have lunches and snacks prepared, then you wont have that urge to pull in Macca's drive thru to grab a meal. It's expensive and is guaranteed to make your guts feel a bit OFF afterwards (but it tastes so good at the time)! Try to pull over at a rest stop or park to feed your family. Vegemite sanga's are a hit with our three kids and they also don't hurt your wallet. Cha-Ching!

Stopping for lunch! After a quick pic it was time to eat, middle child clealy not happy about waiting for lunch.

Stopping for lunch! After a quick pic it was time to eat, middle child clealy not happy about waiting for lunch.

Well I hope this helps with your grocery purchase and meals while travelling Australia. Please let us know if you have any other questions or you'd like more information. We're also happy to get together another meal prep vid.

Happy eating :)

Bec Lorrimer