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We (Paul and Robyn) have just returned to our beautiful mudbrick home and farm, and need help re-establishing gardens, repairing house and loads more. We have recently become empty nesters, so we are looking forward to some fun company. We live in the incredible Wilsons creek valley in the Byron Shire of north coast NSW, on 21 acres, with 500m of creek front, sub-tropical rainforests, abundant wildlife, and established orchard. The valley is surrounded by national parks and home to wonderful diversity of plants and animals, including koalas, platypii, wallabies and lots more. Our home is passive solar, mudbrick and recycled timber.
All of NSW is currently in lockdown - you may need a place to stay during this difficult time. If you are keen to help us out and our profile looks good to you, please contact us.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We have spent many years travelling overseas and within Australia and love sharing stories and experiences with fellow travellers. We love to share our rainforest, farm and home with other like-minded people. Paul plays the guitar. We both love yoga and dance, and creating artworks. We also are keen campers, bush walkers and cyclists. And passionate about our natural environment and planet. And I almost forgot to mention - we LOVE table tennis and have a table here to use.
Having been away for 9 years, there is plenty to do ...... including rainforest regeneration, house maintenance projects, painting, re-establishing the vegie gardens, re-invigorating the orchard, mowing, landscaping (we need your creativity here!), and more.
Paul is a builder so can share skills with you. Robyn is an experienced organic gardener, but always keen to learn more.
This host offers a language exchange
We are not good with languages other than our own (English), and a little Indonesian, sorry.
We have a three bedroom home, so have a large spare bedroom for you to use. Its within the main house, but has its own exterior door, and is very private, with the shared bathroom next to it. A queen bed and single mattress is available
We have internet, but no mobile phone coverage except for texts when outside near the house. We have landline.
We eat very healthily, mostly vegetarian, but some healthy meats, eggs, and mostly organic. We can cook vegetarian for you, and possibly vegan. We are gluten free. Most of our food comes from the local weekly farmers markets, and hopefully from the garden again soon. We would like to cook and eat together.
What else ...
Our property is less than 10 minutes from Mullumbimby and 25 mins from Byron. You will probably need your own transport but hitching is quite good here. Time out can be spent relaxing by or in the creek, enjoying the sunshine on your verandah, walks or cycles in the area, or further afield in the northern rivers area.
We have enjoyed having WWOOFers here for many years, and have been WWOOFers ourselves in the UK, France and Australia.
We like to live an eco friendly lifestyle, using recycled materials wherever possible, treading lightly on the planet, being conscious of the impact of our purchases and consumption, and reducing our waste as much as possible. We are also very community minded, being part of the local active landcare group.
We have a pet dog (non-shedding poodle) and a cow, though we don't milk her.
We love to go to the beach on weekends, and farmers markets once a week.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
Our internet is not super fast, but its fine.
Space for parking camper vans
There is plenty of space to park your van, and you can hookup to electricity and use the net if you like.
Can possibly accept pets
We would need to assess individual pets to ensure that they are suitable to be with our dog, and to stay in a wildlife protective zone.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week