Off-grid life in Silver Valley, Australia



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  • Description


    Hello helpers.

    We have an established 4.2 acre organic sub-tropical permaculture farm in the heart of Ravenshoe town- the “highest town in QLD”. We have chickens,turkeys, a cat and two beautiful children- aged 3 and 7. We run a thriving Community Gardens only a short walk from our 4.2 acre permaculture farm.

    We are not having people come to stay at our house and sub-tropical permaculture farm during the pandemic. I have somewhere else that you can stay It is on my off-grid bush camp in Silver Valley which is 20 mins from our house/sub tropical permaculture farm.

    It is a very different climate to the permaculture farm- Silver Valley is dry eucalypt country. It is rugged but beautiful. There is a river that is walking distance to swim in. There is very minimal facilities though. There is running cold water. There is a shower with only a small amount of hot water but there is a hot springs 8 minutes down the road for bathing.

    I have a small solar system, a gas stove and benches and shelves. There is also a recently renovated caravan for a bedroom. It is like fancy camping.

    I could offer this place for 2 weeks. If it feels good for all of us after that then you could stay for longer. The work would be to do there on that land and also on our permaculture farm 20 minutes away from Silver Valley. Because the facilities are not as nice as our house, then we just ask for 20 hours per week helping, instead of 25. Included in this are all of your meals.

    You are welcome to come and hang out at our house some days, and use the more modern facilities.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Charity Work
    Art Projects

  • 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

    Our 4.2 acre permaculture farm is in the heart of Ravenshoe. There is full mobile reception. You can walk into town very easily from here. It is also a 5 minute walk to swim in the Millstream River.

    I am passionate about plants and herbal medicine. We love foraging for wild foods. I am establishing a hobby nursery selling and exchanging medicinal and culinary herb plants.

  • Help


    Come and learn and grow with us. We need help with weeding, mulching, pruning, mowing, compost making, fertiliser making, sewing seeds, working chopping wood, establishing the plant nursery, caring for the chickens…. etc etc. If you are a more skilled worker then I would love help building and fixing tools and things. If your strong and keen I always have trenches to dig....

    Because we are homeschooling (with Steiner method) and I am also doing my Bachelors Degree and managing two properties, if anyone loves kids and wants to sometimes do fun activities and projects, drawings or songs etc with my 7 year old daughter, this is always welcome. It takes a lot of pressure off me. Help with cooking and cleaning is always gratefully received if you like doing these things!

    I would like helpers to contribute around 5 hours work a day, 5 days a week each (this does not include cleaning up after yourself/doing general housework.

    Thank you!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    This is not a party house, we are ok with the occasional drink but nothing too wild. This is a family home. Smokers welcome though all smoking is outdoors.

    We eat 95% organic, and strive to eat all local organic produce. We do eat local free range meat/dairy products but am happy to accommodate for vegan/vegetarian diet.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    See above

  • 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

    We just use our mobile phones to hotspot- we do not have wifi. But I can get wifi connected if this is very important. I have a desk you can use to work at.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space to park a very large bus/caravan/motorhome etc.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Pets on application.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 193959237399