Hi, we're Tracey and Jamie, artist and IT professional respectively, and we live in a small cottage set high on a ridge top overlooking the Tambo River in East Gippsland, about 4 hours east of Melbourne. The property is a large wilderness block fronting onto the river and surrounded by State Forest, and at night the only lights come from the night sky. This is a real bush retreat for visitors seeking an Australian wilderness experience.
We offer accommodation in either a vintage caravan or a cosy bedroom inside a shed, which has a wood fire and is a short walk from the house. We share our meals together and make our guests feel at home in our house.
We provide great food and campfire cooking - a genuine Australian bush experience - in exchange for 4-5 hours work a day, helping with building, bush regeneration and landscaping. We have been affected by the recent bushfires so there is a lot of regeneration work we need to do, and this work counts towards a second year visa.
Tracey's art practice often involves local community art projects, and you are welcome to participate in these if you wish.
To get here, catch the train to Bairnsdale (a 4 hour trip) and we can pick you up from the station, or there is also a local bus from the station to our place. We can only take guests from regional Victoria or interstate at the moment doe to COVID travel restrictions.
Thanks to Jesper Hoegsdal for use of his photos.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
We love good conversations and are keen to hear aobut other cultures and places around the world - feel free to practice your English with us!
Guests will have a genuine bush experience in a wild and beautiful setting. This is the real Australian bush, with lots of wildlife - wallabies, wombats, possums and more.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
At the moment we are completing some building, landscaping and re-vegetation projects so need people who have experience in building or landscaping, or are willing to undertake physical work. Much of the work will be outdoors, but not too heavy. We would appreciate if guests have appropriate work clothes, including work shoes.
Tracey also has art projects which she needs help with occasionally.
Accommodation is in a vintage caravan inside our shed. The shed has a fire to keep you warm in the evenings and is a short walk from the house. We always share our meals together and make our guests feel at home in our house. We also like cooking on the campfire and love good food.
Due to our location we do not have a telephone line or wired internet, but we have good mobile reception and use a satellite for connection to the web.
The property has walking tracks, river frontage, plenty of wildlife, and great views. We are halfway between the high country and the coast, about one hour each way. We have been hosting visitors for many years now, and really enjoy the cultural exchange.
To get here from Melbourne, catch the early train to Bairnsdale, and get the Omeo bus to our front gate. If that is not possible we can pick you up from the station, which is an hour's drive from our place.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have very good mobile reception here if you want to bring your own data plan, and an excellent work space.
This host can provide space for campervans.
Possibly, we have an old dog who can be a bit grumpy with some dogs but is fine with others!
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week