Join us in our mission to rescue and rehabilitate animals in Gisborne, Australia

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    Our Mission is Compassion
    "Be kind to every kind"

    Through our Animal Sanctuary we aim to spread a message of hope and compassion. We rescue and rehabilitate farm animals from various circumstances within the food system. We have also rescued camels and horses, including a wild brumby. Both camels and brumbies are the unloved Australian Icons that deserve their place in our heritage and country. We have also rescued dogs, our most beloved companion animals. These animal ambassadors spread the message that they deserve our compassion and respect.

    ​"Sit with animals quietly and they will show you their hearts.
    Sit with them kindly and they will help you locate yours."

    The sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated many animals, including camels, horses, cows, sheep, alpacas, chickens, donkeys and a rooster as well as dogs. We currently have 51 animals on site, but have rescued over 73 so far.

    The stories of these animal ambassadors educate people on how the choices they make at each meal directly impact the lives of animals, our planet and ecosystem. They educate on the expendable and selfish way we treat our companion animals and our planet. They also represent the stories of the billions of animals that could not be saved.

    People are so important and a large part of our joy is helping them to reconnect with animals on equal footing, not based around use or profit. People experience magic and peace in their worlds through the higher understanding of nature and giving back. Animals remind us of who we really are in such an intrinsically natural way, in a way that our complex society has left behind in the name of progress. They provide a connection to mother earth, they provide a sense of belonging, and through them we know we are not separate or alone.

    ​Our purpose is to:

    ​Provide care for homeless, abused, injured or abandoned animals and provide them a forever home. The animals at the sanctuary are not pets, Lynne and her volunteers are their caretakers responsible for their ongoing physical and emotional care and protection. Many of the animals that arrive have been traumatised, Lynne provides the love and patience necessary for rehabilitation so they can feel healed, happy and learn to trust humans again.

    ​Connect people with animals and nature. Provide people the opportunity to relax and engage with animals while staying at the B&B or through events and tours. Animals are wonderful teachers, they are straight forward and accept us the way we are. Around animals we can relax and be ourselves. Animals provide unconditional love, genuineness, pure joy — they accept the things they cannot change and are amazingly resilient. Animals do not dwell on the past or worry about the future. They teach us to live in the moment. Our bond with animals allows us to experience the world from different perspectives. By seeing the world through an animal’s eyes, we also practice mindfulness and ground ourselves, which brings peace to our often frazzled souls. At the same time, this mindfulness helps us practice patience and compassionate leadership. Both qualities are big assets for our personal and professional development.

    Promote awareness to the link between animal agriculture, the sixth mass extinction and climate change. Avoiding meat and dairy will significantly reduce our footprint on the Earth! Making the change to a more sustainable plant-based food system will not only improve our health, it will also spare billions of farmed animals from the horrors of factory farms and slaughterhouses, and help save our precious wildlife. Our impact now is game-changing on this planet, we are all responsible. It's true, eating beef is bad for cows and koalas! Humans are driving the sixth mass extinction. Data in a study was collated to provide people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth, of all mammals on this planet, 60 percent are livestock (mainly cattle and pigs), 36 percent are human, and just 4 percent are wild animals. When it comes to birds, 70 percent are farmed poultry, with just 30 percent being wild. Plants make up 82 percent of living matter. The study goes further in showing how disproportionate the impact of humans is on the planet: there are 7.6 billion people on Earth – which makes up just 0.01 percent of all living beings. Yet humanity has caused the loss of 83 percent of all wild mammals since the dawn of civilization. It is not irreversible yet, but we need to become the caretakers of our planet.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They would learn animal handling and farm skills and have a lot of fun.

  • Help


    ​Each and every day of the week the animals need care, feeding, cleaning of their housing and routine animal husbandry practices.

    Tasks can include:
    feeding animals,
    moving the chickens from the night coop to the day coop and cleaning their bedding,
    animal enrichment,
    house cleaning,
    removing or fixing fencing,
    picking up poo,
    weed eradication,
    piling up fallen branches for fires,
    raking hay,
    cleaning chicken coops and more.

    Of course, you're sure to get some sneaky cuddles and meet the animals as well.

    Please note my mother also lives with me, she has Alzheimer's, but is lovely and high functioning. Just forgetful. Also my dogs live indoors and they are big and totally mythical, truly gentle giants.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Single Bedroom and shared meals. We are a vegan or vegetarian household.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are so many beautiful places to visit and walk here. Gisborne town centre is a 5 min drive or 45 min walk with plenty of cafes, restaurants and supermarkets to choose from. We are 15 minutes from Mount Macedon, if you fancied hiking, riding or sight seeing.. Abundant native wildlife live on the property. We are in the Macedon Ranges and not far from Daylesford and spa country.

    Macedon Ranges is renowned for its many wineries, golf courses, historic towns and streetscapes. Regional parks and private estates (some of which are open to the public from Spring to Autumn). We are your gateway to the festivals, monthly markets, the Memorial Cross at Mt Macedon, Sanctuary Lake, Camels Hump Lookout and Hanging Rock and its mysterious history, all ready for you to discover. We are also close to Pony Clubs and Trail Riding.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If they are friendly and not intimidated by Irish Wolfhounds.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 188446393591

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