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Wildlife, the outdoors, great views and good food, Australia

Country: Australia

Updated

Workaway Host rating
12
Last Activity
18/04/2014

Description

If you love wildlife, the outdoors, great views and good food, send us an email. No smokers or vegetarians thank you. Check out our site at ironbarkgrange.com.au and the blog on this site which has a few videos of what we are about.

Please note: WE DO NOT TAKE SMOKERS OR VEGETARIANS.

The property is located 60km South of Brisbane and 20km West of the Gold Coast on the upper North slope of Mt Tamborine, 320m above sea level. We are surrounded by National Parks and abundant wildlife. The property is 8.35Ha with a sub-tropical climate and has great country views to the North up to 120km on a clear day.

We also have a tennis court, an outdoor cobb pizza oven, chooks/geese, two dalmatian dogs, a vegetable garden and about 300 fruit trees. Work outside is a major part of what we do so expect to be outside on a rural property as part of the experience.

The design of the property has been along Permaculture principles. This includes rainwater collection, composting waste disposal, integration of animals and gardens, integrated pest management and the use of limited chemicals is done in a sustainable manner.

The house is designed and built by ourselves. It is large and modern and has been constructed using high mass walls and floors, good insulation in the roof, walls and double glazing throughout. Careful attention has been paid to window shading to minimise solar gain in summer and allow some heating in Winter.

We transport our helpers on their day off to Tamborine mountain (a major tourist attraction) or the nearest transport centre so that they can expore the area. Wireless and hard wire internet is made available to all our helpers.

We pick up our helpers from the Beenleigh Bus Transit Centre, under the big roof of the centre. This is in Beenleigh, approximately 25km South of Brisbane and is next to the Beenleigh Train station.

We love lamb roasts, cuisine from different lands and good wine. Come and share the experience with us.

Area

Queensland

Type of help.

Language practise,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Farming,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,
Building,
Gardening

Help

We have had about 350 working guests on the property and the family has enjoyed the cultural exchange of food and ideas. We ask our guest helpers to work 6 days a week for 5-6 hours a day. The work is varied and includes things such as: construction work, wood working, harvesting, weeding, brush cutting, painting, planting, cleaning and cooking. We usually work early in the morning and late in the afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day.

No smokers or vegetarians thank you. (If you are a smoker you will be asked to leave!) We prefer our helpers to stay 2 weeks or more. Work outside is a major part of what we do so expect to be outside on a rural property as part of the experience.

Languages spoken

English

Accommodation

In the family home in a bedroom by yourself or shared with other helpers depending on how many we have with us at the time.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

5 hours per day plus shared domestic help

Photos

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Host ref number: 15987544484c

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