We are a young couple in our 60s and we are on a small beef cattle farm of 40 acres in beautiful gippsland victoria. with cattle and ponies, some chooks, cats and a small orchard, the beginnings of a nursery and about to start the wicking veggie patch. It helps if you are willing to learn, there is much to do. We are just 5k from korumburra which boasts 2 wineries, a brewery, coal creek historical village and still only a 2 hour bus trip to Melbourne city on weekdays. we regularly travel to the city of melbourne and to Belgrave which is where puffing Billy is and is on the train line to get about Melbourne, so you can still get around to travel if you don't have a car. We are a safe place for single female travellers. A farm is a place where you should be always mindful of safety. Hats in summer, sensible farm boots and a good waterproof coat. We can help with coats, hats, working gloves and gum boots but you do need safe working boots. Gippsland can get get chilly in winter, so you need warm gear, there are 4 op-shops (for second hand clothes) in town so you can buy working clothes or warmer gear very cheaply in town. You get your own room, (we have 2 spare rooms) comfy dble bed and mark is a great cook. We think we are good company, like a good wine with our dinner on weekends, not vegetarian, non smokers and happy to drive you around locally to reach transport to tour about and do your tourist activities from a nice home base, plus pick up lots of knowledge from your hosts.
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We both speak excellent English and are quite happy to help with your English skills, we are commuting distance to Melbourne city for tourist activities via a 2 hour bus ride or a lift with us. you would be staying on a farm, which is 5 kilometres out of town. so it's a long walk if you have no car but we go in and out of town almost daily so can give you a lift. in town there is "coal creek historical village" which is free, and sometimes has great social functions like the geek festival, beard competition day, easter egg hunts and medieval day. when there is a big function on, they run the steam train. there are 2 pubs and a brewery in town and 2 wineries local to us. Here at our place you would be learning about rural activities, farming beef cattle, ponies and plants, in a fairly typical Australian household but minus the beer and footy. We have 60 different species of birds here and wombats. the local township is small, but there is a bigger town of leongatha 10 minutes drive away with decent shops and a movie theatre. The djinta djinta winery is walking distance next door, and gippsland is on a gourmet driving trail so you can eat and drink your way around the countryside if you have access to a car. we are only 1 hour drive away from 90 mile beaches, Phillip island
fairy penguin, and puffingbilly and trees adventure in belgrave, and I love being a tour guide about my fabulous magical land of oz.
Running a farm is always lots of work;
collecting wood from the paddocks into trailers, loading up the wood box, keeping a fire fueled up in cold weather, watering, (and running the pump) and checking animals, feeding chooks and collecting eggs, working with ponies, fencing and pruning, potting and weeding. burning off to keep the property fire safe, building animal shelters, plus building and checking wicking beds for veggies, pruning fruit trees and general cleaning up around the property.
We want you to be safe, you must have good solid shoes or boots to protect your feet. You haven't lived till a 750kg cow or horse accidently stands on your foot. A farm is a workplace environment. We have sunscreen, work gloves, spare hats and some spare gumboots for mud but protective shoes that cover your entire foot are a must have. The ground is all uneven from cows walking thru mud in winter so supportive boots are a big help to navigate the block. Think really rough bush track walking.....
We do want you to enjoy yourself here, and not get damaged.!!
We have a 3 bedroom house which we would share, with a double bed In each room available. mark is quite a good cook, but the cook never has to do the dishes, we have a dishwasher, we expect you to help pull your own weight around the house to clean up your own mess. we are both celiac, (no wheat/gluten) and we eat meat, probably not suitable for vegetarians. This is a no smoking household, and the cats are in charge, so if you're allergic to cats not suitable. Mark works from home most days and I work most sunny afternoons on a part time job in Belgrave. there is tv with lots of movies on file for rainy days and internet of sorts, no decent bandwith (adsl no nbn here) so no downloading of movies possible. Telstra is a bit spotty here, but Optus works fine. we have reverse cycle a.c. and a wood fire which is lovely in winter but needs to be kept in wood! We are on tank water here which I love as it tastes so good but we have to watch our water use in high summer dry period.
tv has lots of movies on the files for rainy days or to curl up with at night. We are about half an hour drive from beach at inverloch.
we also drive up to Melbourne regularly if you need transport to a metro train line, there and back. there are lots of weekend markets around all the local townships, we are about 45minutes drive from Phillip island, another popular tourist destination if you have a car, we are on the gourmet trail thru gippsland. I work part time in Belgrave, we can also give you a lift there to catch trains around Melbourne or see puffing Billy, trees adventure, the forest walks or other tourist activities around there as well. we live quietly but occaisionally enjoy a good red with dinner on the weekends. plans are afoot to get offgrid, and we can hold a conversation about anything, if we share our home we expect all the usual courtesies of housesharing, clean up after yourself, help with the dishes if we do the cooking, (yes we have a dishwasher). don't let the fire go out in winter and the cats will always welcome new door slaves. there is also a possibility of some occasional casual paid work (award wages) with my part time business cleaning roof gutters if you are not afraid of heights, and can cope with the unpaid 3 hour round trip to work.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week