Join our family in a sustainable solar Village in the bush, Humpty Doo, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    Our family reside at Solar Village, Humpty Doo, 35 km from the tropical city of Darwin. We live on a sustainable bush block that is a citizen science experiment and we keep the bush in pristine condition and are building a legacy library. Solar Village began in 1980 with members choosing to live 'off grid', experimenting with new independent technologies and co-inhabiting a 320 acres of bushland. It is set in the citizen science project of a fire exclusion zone within the highly flammable landscape of the top end savanna with the last of the annuals fires ceasing 1979. As a result many rare plant and animal species have returned and are now flourishing and it serves as an important ongoing experiment in sound ecological landscape management.
    We have a seasonal creek and spring, jungle, tropical woodland and a floodplain with rare small mammals and birds as we have kept the bush block fire and stock free there have been a number of ecological studies undertaken here and currently we have a nest box and camera trapping project. There are great opportunities for bush walking, bird watching, spot lighting, bike riding and on the flood plain cooking around the fire and moon and star gazing.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in Northern Australia's most successful fire exclusion project and it is an example of pristine Australia Savanna. Have extensive knowledge of local ecology and the different environments and travel to work and visit out bush regularly. The library has a collection of writing and books that focus on the local knowledge, culture and the environment. Events and workshops take place at the library and on the flood plain. We live a healthy outdoors lifestyle regularly going on bush walks, fishing swimming. We go to Darwin town often on weekends for markets and events. Love hosting visitors from near and far, cooking on fires with local food.

  • Help

    Help

    We need assistance with bush regeneration, weeding, tree maintenance, checking next box. At the library there maybe filing, re -ordering. Around the house other camps there can be maintaining solar panels, water maintenance, repairs and cleaning.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, creole

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    bush hut or safari tent with power, beds, comforts.
    guests can eat with our family for exchange for help on the block and in the house for about 2-3 hours a day.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live on a bush block in the rural area and there is bush walking and mountain bike riding are close to swimming and fishing spots, there will be limited local use of vehicle, there are buses that run from Humpty Doo to Darwin few times a day.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week

fire place on floodplain
Gallery riparian rainforest
function on the floodplain
ecological meeting
burn off early dry season
Jungle camp hut
Camp fire cooking on the flood plain
nest box and camera trap
Legacy library and art space
Kids bush craft and play
Host ref number: 175557661832