Ten best hobby websites

1. Connect with like-minded collectors
Collecting, whether it's stamps, postcards, figurines or coins has long been a pastime of children, young and old. If your collection has stood the test of time, and is maybe just a little out of the ordinary, then you can find links to others who share your passion.

2. Displaying your memories
Scrapbooking has become incredibly popular over the last few years and is a great way to display your memories, or create a thoughtful gift for someone special. Get some tips on your latest project, show off your own handy work or are looking for the best-priced materials.  

3. Model railways
Model railways are not just for kids. The Australian Model Railway Association Incorporated has a broad network that spans across the country and is a vibrant community. This website is regularly updated and contains lots of useful information. It also explains how to become a member, which will help you to keep up-to-date with all the latest developments of the hobby and also connects you to like-minded enthusiasts.

4. Motorcycling
The Ulysses Club is ‘a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40’. It is a very friendly and well organised motorcycle club that welcomes anyone on a motorcycle or scooter of any sort. And it is not a male dominated environment with lots of women and couples as members.

5. Chess
Chess is a fantastic ‘mind sport’ for people who already play regularly or for those wanting to start playing. The Australian Chess Federation’s site has links to details of chess tournaments and includes a very popular chess forum.

6. Video gaming
Video games are no longer just for children—26 per cent of all gamers are over 50 years of age. At Gamespot you can find the latest news and reviews about games coming on to the market. You can also use the forums to connect with like-minded people to discuss your favourite games, or to get advice as a new gamer on where to start and what to play.

7. Fishing
Fishing is a favourite pastime of many and can be done by people of all ages. Unfortunately, not all of us live close by to our favourite fishing spots so we don’t always get to indulge in our favourite hobby. That’s what makes the Tackle Box website so great. It is a nationwide fishing forum where you can go online and talk fishing all day long.

8. Bellringing
One of the lesser known hobbies in Australia is bellringing. While not all of us are lucky enough to be located near a bell tower, it’s not just the major cities that offer this unique pastime. The website for The Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers includes a detailed directory that will tell you where to find your nearest tower. There are towers in country towns, cities and suburbs across the country.

9. Boating
“There is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” – Ratty, Wind in the willows. Whether you prefer lazy days paddling around on a lake or the thrill of the high seas, it’s easy to see that some of the most beautifully crafted boats on the water are the wooden vessels. The Vintage Wooden Boat Association is a place where you can share your passion for boating, and more specifically for older wooden boats.

10. Photography
Australian Photography is a website for photography beginners, enthusiasts and budding professionals. It is your one-stop-shop for information on new cameras, how-to guides for cameras and photography computer programs and up-to-date photography competition details.

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