I am looking for 3-5 people from 7th to 17th June 2019 to help with property projects at my holiday house. It is on Flinders Island in Bass Strait. You’ll have to google it, because nobody you’ve ever known has been there, I can guarantee.
I'm a 49 year old surgeon who has hosted several backpackers informally in previous years and really enjoyed showing them around the property and the island...and experience that money can't buy!
Work 5 hours a day and spend the rest of your time chilling on the porch watching the sun set. We start early so we’re done by 2 or 3 pm. We’ll take 2 days completely off work in the 8 working days, whichever days the weather is best. We can always work in the rain! If we work more than 5 hours then I’ll pay you $20 an hour. Or you can work less another day. I’m very flexible in work arrangements, and basically if you tell me what you’re good at or have done before, I’ll find something suitable.
Return airfares to the island from Melbourne ($550) or Launceston ($300) will be *️️️paid for by me*️️️. If I've never met you, I will ask you to book and pay for these and I will reimburse you as soon as you arrive on the island. The plane is a 19 seater, Sharp Airlines.
I'm not sure? You'll get to stay in an amazing environment with a friendly host who will make sure you leave with a big smile on your face and plenty of happy memories! You'll learn new skills and meet locals, and your Instagram feed will go bananas! Hopefully you'll teach me how to cook, I'm ok at meat but terrible at vegetarian!
I'm reasonably able to find work within your capabilities as there are many projects on the go. Preference will be given to those with experience with carpentry/building and landscaping.
Walking and bike track maintenance inc. building stairs, brushcutting, quadbike mower.
Operating a bobcat and excavator if you have previous experience.
Clearing and burning piles of old trees and rubbish.
Moving dirt and recommissioning a small greenhouse.
Fitting out the ‘man cave’ in the shed, by building cupboards, benchtops.
Painting inside and outside the house.
General landscaping and planting jobs. Rock moving, mulching, retaining walls etc.
Being a gofer for me while I do those jobs.
The house sits 50m from a beach that nobody ever goes to. Nearest neighbour is 2km away. There are 3 rooms for guests. Each has at least 2 king single or single beds. 2 rooms have their own en-suites, one shares a bathroom and a seperate toilet with my room. 2 guest rooms look out over the ocean, and the other over the back lawn towards the sunrise.
There is a big deck on the front of the house, you will have to decide if you like to chill on the seats or hammocks there, or sit in front of the fireplace in the living area, which is huge.
3 meals a day will be provided, and a glass of wine or beer with dinner. We all share cooking and cleaning. You can bring your own snacks, but not your own alcohol (or drugs)
You can take my Landcruiser out to explore the island if you’re licensed and sensible. Snorkelling, fishing and boating are weather dependent and also dependent on you convincing me that you’ll be safe. Plenty of walking on the property and beach and I’ve got 4 mountain bikes and a quad bike you’re welcome to use too.
Only Telstra phones work on the island, not optus and not vodaphone.
I’ll expect you’ll be respectful of our beautiful environment and each other, hard working and always safety conscious. Beyond that, I’m a strong believer in egalitarianism, so this offer is open to any and all.
I honestly thought my place would be the best travel/ holiday/ volunteer work experience that's on offer in Australia. Money couldn’t buy it. But I’ve since looked at many of the hosts on this and other volunteer websites and I’m blown away by the options available. Now I’m just putting mine in the top ten 😀.
I've had several backpackers come and work with me informally over the last couple of years in various capacities. I found that I really enjoyed hosting them and seeing their reaction to the property and the island. I now want to formalise future arrangements and plan them ahead as much as possible. Those that have come as workers in the past (US, Canadian, UK, NZ) have said Flinders Islsnd was the highlight of their entire Australian trip!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week