We live on a 5 acres farm in rolling hills on the northern edge of Perth, near a national park that is a delight for bushwalkers. We work hard but also have fun each night around the fire drinking wine and talking and lots of stories.
We have chickens, cats and dogs (we breed Mini Schnauzers), plus as you can see, we are building the crazy "Witch's house"
Meg is into Permaculture. Graeme is into car restoration, building with wood and metal. Both of us love entrepreneurship and run businesses from home.
Accommodation is basic, in our partly completed house - comfy bed, lights, good Wifi, and power but not much more. The toilet is a rustic composting type, not for the delicate person.
We really enjoy having backpackers stay. You guys are so interesting!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Our property is situated 10 minutes drive from the local town, Bullsbrook, and 1 hour drive from the middle of Perth. Local public transport is a bus that runs a few times a day and connects to the Perth train network. There is the possibility of using one of our cars for sane, competent drivers :)
We have great WiFi too! The food and wine is tops...
During the Aussie summer it's hot, so main help is watering the gardens, feeding the chickens, cooking, cleaning up and sometimes caring for puppies. Occasionally there may be also "cool" under cover building jobs on our strawbale house project depending on your interest and what we are up to at the time.
We offer an old but comfy caravan for accommodation, a cool, clean basement, and an underground bunker if preferred, and we all eat together. Owing to one recent backpacker who left after just one night because she "didn't like bugs" and said our listing was misleading in this regard, we thought it wise to clarify: Our basement lacks a sealed door, so it is possible for the odd beetle or whatever to get into the room now and then. In addition, we have a basic, outside composting toilet that might scare some people! But you can have a nice shower every night and all the normal amenities. Most backpacker-type adventurers love it here :).
We will pay daily rate for good couple
There is the famous Swan Valley with many cafes, chocalatiers, wineries etc not far away. It is also just a few hours from tourist attractions such as the New Norcia monastery, the Pinnacles, Cohuna Wildlife Park, the Maze and water playground, and Perth and Fremantle of course. We also occasionally make a small car available for use by visitors.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day (max 25 hours/week)
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