We're a friendly, busy family with 3 energetic, sports loving boys (11,9,7) a dog and birds and a poddy calf!
We live at Narrabri on a big (4,500 acre) research farm where Guy works.
Ingrid runs our cherry orchard in Mudgee (3hrs away).
December is very busy for us with cherry harvest, sales and preserving. We open the farm for pick-your-own visitors in season and sometimes have stalls at farmers markets and food events with our fresh or preserved cherries and our BBQ smoking woods.
Fun but busy for us ...
At that time we’re keen for some help with keeping our boys happy, motivated and fed! They have their regular school routine then swim squad & homework in the afternoon, orchard on the weekends, etc.
Other times we're pretty flexible - there's always something to do!
Our home has a big beautiful garden in need of some love and care. Fantastic views of the Nandewar Ranges.
Kangaroos in the paddocks and they’ve been into the garden lately - with the long, long drought there's not much feed anywhere else. We've a tennis court with a stunning view!
Narrabri is a great place to explore the Australian bush - especially Mt Kaputar National park. It's a major cropping area (cotton and grains). We like to take guests on some local adventures when time allows. We enjoy hiking and camping in the local Mt Kaputar National park and when the river is up canoeing on the Namoi.
We'll share with you our family meals which you'll find are healthy and varied - we also love you to cook your favourite meals for us too as we like trying new foods.
We believe the cultural exchange of WorkAway is really important for our boys - so we're best suited if you're keen to join in as part of our family. Earlier this year We spent 3 months in Denmark, and had a wonderful catch up with some past helpers in France.
Experience country Australian family life in a friendly, welcoming family.
Enjoy the countryside and get up close with kangaroos. Eat plenty of cherries!
In November - December help involves taking the boys to swim squad after school, some cooking & general household help. Weekends to help keep the boys happy & motivated so they can entertain visitors to the orchard (after they finish junior cricket).
Other times There are always things to be done around the house and garden and we can make a plan to suit your skills and interests.
We're keen to meet helpers who can share their culture with us, help out with gardening, housework and projects. Outside of our busiest times we're pretty flexible about what projects you do - though usually it will involve some gardening!
If you come during the season your main role will be to take care of the boys after school activities in Narrabri and take care of the boys while they help at the orchard in Mudgee on weekends. (Days off midweek)
English, some Danish
comfortable spare room with queen bed and ensuite. Shared bathroom when in Mudgee.
Plenty of bush to explore on the farm.
Mt Kaputar National park and Sawn Rocks are nearby. We have kayaks and a canoe for the river.
Narrabri is approx. 6.5 hours drive from either Sydney or Brisbane.
We can collect you from the train in Narrabri (daily service from Sydney Central around 9:30 am, arriving around 5pm bookings.nswtrainlink.info ) or Narrabri airport (FlyCorporate fly from Brisbane or Sydney) or sometimes it's possible for us to collect you from Moree (an hour away - there is a daily bus from Brisbane and train from Grafton a few days a week).
Depending on when you are here we may also take you to the farm in Mudgee with us. This is a beautiful region with wineries and food events.
In summer the boys will insist you learn to play cricket! and play soccer, footy, tennis, etc
Reading stories to our boys is great English practice :)
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