Come stay in the lush, tranquil rainforest near Noosa on Australia’s Sunshine Coast



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  • Description


    This is a tranquil & protected wildlife habitat set between the Eumundi Markets & downtown Noosa –– 15 minutes to the beach.

    We are the lucky custodians of what we regard as a rather special parcel of land. Since moving to Noosa in 2014, we’ve worked with dozens of wonderful Workaways to create a private conservation habitat for native Australian plants and animals.

    Our property is a long-term, large-scale family conservation project: I'm a multidisciplinary artist living and working on 12-acres of rainforest in the glorious Noosa Hinterland. My husband is a semi-retired computer consultant. He spends time indulging his passion for computers, boat building, woodwork, and fine craftsmanship. My daughter works freelance in her own business and lives here roughly half of the year to help manage the property. My son and 7 year old grand daughter also visit regularly from interstate and - if you’re lucky - it’ll be while you’re here!

    Our aim is to preserve the environment for future generations while also opening it up so that others can share in the quiet, gentle gifts the Australian rainforest have to offer.

    We wish to acknowledge the Gubbi Gubbi people, the traditional custodians of this country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them, their cultures and to elders past, present and emerging.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are committed to leaving this world a cleaner, safer and healthier place for all living things.

    The atmosphere in our home is very calm, quiet and gentle. It’s perfect for travellers who:

    ⭐️Wish to learn more about Australian flora and fauna, environmental and conservation concerns and programs being implemented to address issues such as climate change and loss of local habitat and native species.
    ⭐️Enjoy yoga, meditation and a calm pace.
    ⭐️Have a love for nature, wildlife and gardening.
    ⭐️Find physical work rewarding.

    We provide mainly home-cooked and vegetarian meals. We have gluten-free ingredients in the pantry for those who are intolerant. Beyond genuine food intolerances, we’re not able to cater to highly specific food requirements (such as raw vegan and no-carb diets).

    It’s also not an appropriate Workaway assignment for people who are fasting or physically detoxing because the work is very active and you’ll need your energy.

    Please notify us of any dietary requirements you have at the time of applying, so we can do our best to accommodate them or recommend other places we know of that may be a better fit.

  • Help


    A typical day here begins around 7am with breakfast and starting work by 8am.

    The work largely involves planting or pruning trees, removing weeds, shovelling mulch and other general maintenance to rejuvenate the native rainforest. It’s very physical, sometimes slow, but highly rewarding work.

    Rainy days are dedicated to spring-cleaning in and around the house. We respect your privacy and greatly appreciate you keeping your own personal living quarters (bedroom, bathroom and toilet) clean and tidy.

    We are looking for volunteers who are self-motivated, show initiative, are willing to take instruction, and who can work with or without supervision. Sometimes we'll be working alongside you and other times we won’t, so a capacity to manage your own time and assigned projects is important.

    Once we’ve accepted your application and established the dates you’ll be with us, we will email a Welcome Pack which provides more detailed information about the property, the work and the lifestyle. Included in the Welcome Pack is a personal information sheet that we ask you to fill in and email back to us a week before your arrival. This gives us the opportunity to plan the work, accommodation, food and recommendations of things to do in the area that will suit your needs and interests.

    We usually discuss the proposed plan with you on the first night and then write up a personalised list of tasks with instructions for you. After that, we largely leave it to you to work through your list during the week, but we’re here and happy to answer questions or provide more instructions at any time.

    Standard workaway hours are 8am – 1pm with a 15-minute morning tea break. This way, you’re finished by lunchtime and before the afternoon heat sets in.

    To work in the rainforest you'll need a sturdy pair of shoes (that you're willing to get dirty), a hat, a long sleeved cotton shirt, insect repellent that work for you, along with sun and rain protection. We can often provide some of these supplies if you let us know ahead of time what you'll need.

    Following lunch and a shower, you may like to relax in your room, enjoy the garden and pool, or head out sightseeing for the afternoon. We're happy to drop you into Eumundi or Noosa and arrange to pick you up later in the day. We also have bikes and necessary gear if you enjoy cycling.

    Please note: If you're interested in Australian flora and fauna, the property is an absolute wonderland! But if you have an aversion to 'creepy crawlies’ it may not be the place for you. Because the property is a protected wildlife habitat, we expect visitors to respect all the plants, animals, bugs and insects that contribute to the delicate rainforest ecosystem. This includes being mindful of noise and excessive light at night (which severely impacts the nocturnal fauna) and not harming or killing living creatures.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We may have multiple guests at any given time, be it through Workaway or friends visiting. Other times, there may just be a couple of us here. Either way, we offer plenty of space and privacy in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

    You will have your own bedroom with a queen size bed and tropical garden views. You’ll have access to either a private ensuite or the main bathroom, which may be shared with one other person. There’s plenty of space and privacy. Couples and friends travelling together on a joint Workaway account typically share a room.

    WIFI: Internet infrastructure in Australia is in need of a revamp. You may have already noticed that WIFI access is quite limited in comparison to other countries, and data allocations are also limited. We offer WIFI for general daily use, but not for downloading movies or streaming radio.

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    ⭐️Please ensure you have read the full details of the Workaway placement provided above.

    ⭐️All applicants must be registered with Workaway and have travel insurance.

    ⭐️Unfortunately, we’re unable to assist with second year visa applications or people needing to secure paid work.

    ⭐️Pairs travelling together on a joint Workaway account typically share a room (with ensuite and kitchenette).

    ⭐️The property is a non-smoking environment and we are working hard to be waste free.

    ⭐️We will send you a Welcome Pack prior to your arrival. This will provide you with detailed information about us, the property, the region, transport etc. Included in the Welcome Pack is a Personal Information Sheet for you to fill in and return it to us before your arrival. Your information sheet will notify us of any allergies, dietary requirements or other health issues you may have. This way we will know how to best take care of you whilst you're here and most importantly, who to contact in case of an emergency.

    Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you 🙏

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Five hours a day, five days a week

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