I'm on the south coast of New South Wales, about thirty minutes' drive from the most beautiful beaches you've ever seen. The nearest towns are Wyndham, Eden and Merimbula. You can get here by bus from Canberra (about 4 hours), Sydney and Melbourne (about 10 hours) or you can fly to Merimbula Airport (much faster!).
My property (about 52 acres) is backed by mountains and a creek, and right next to a big national park. There's a lovely river about ten minutes' drive away and a water hole for swimming that you can walk to. There's also some charming Australian villages in this part of the country. We rely on solar power (so no mains electricity at all, but plenty for our needs) and rainwater tanks. We have internet (satellite) but our data is limited - great for casual internet browsing but not so good for big downloads.
About the work - it's pretty light. I'd love a little help maintaining the gardens, orchards and property generally, but only a few hours a day - nothing too hard. If you're knowledgeable about (or interested in) permaculture that would be a bonus, as I'd like to establish a self-sufficient garden. I'm also flexible about how we arrange work and time off.
And about me - I'm a writer, and I like to spend my time (when I'm not working on the property) singing, writing, reading and listening to music. I always have lots of books around - so if books and music are your thing, we'd be a good match. I love a good conversation, and to share experiences and hear about different points of view.
I don't have any pets or farm animals at the moment, although the lady next door has lots of alpacas! There is, however, lots of wildlife including wallabies, wombats, magpies and birds - in fact, it's a bird watcher's paradise. I'm a vegetarian - so I don't cook meat myself, but I'll happily buy it for you to barbecue.
If you decide to come here, you'll learn about life on an Australian bush property, Australian native animals and birdlife, and organic gardening. You can pick up local crafts at the markets which are held every week in a different local village, and meet the locals at a variety of pubs, cafes and events (for instance, there are lots of bands and musicians who play local venues).
I'm looking for some light gardening help around my 52 acre property. You can choose from helping to re-vamp a vege garden, pruning fruit trees,or doing light property maintenance. Alternatively, if you like alpacas, my neighbour would love some help and cooks fabulous meals.
You'll be staying in a lovely three bedroom cottage. As I'm a writer and spend a lot of time up in my (separate) studio, out, or working around the property, you'll have the place to yourself much of the time.
In your time off (and that'll be most of the time) you can relax and explore the property and national park. You can walk to the rock pool for a swim, but for the nearby river, local beaches and towns, you'll need a car or a bike. The nearest town is about ten minutes' drive away, and the beach is 30 minutes. I can drop you off there for the day, or (depending on your licence, etc) you may be able to borrow the car. Alternatively, you could hire your own car or motorbike, or even go exploring on a pushbike.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week
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