Mining for 'gold' in Beechworth, north-east Victoria in a new 12 acre lifestyle block, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello! Ciao! We are Resi and Vince. We are pretty new owners of 12 acres paradise in the making! We moved in in September 2016, and we are eager to give back to the Workaway community and welcome some helpers!

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    UPDATE May 2020 >>>
    With the easing of the restrictions, we are back open to host workawayers at our place in Beechworth!!

    Work needing help with:
    - Fencing the wildlife area so that horses and goats will let nature do its thing.
    - Painting/Varnishing skirting boards and trims (nice indoor warm job!)
    - Vegetable best preparation.
    - Tree planting and seed prep.
    - Compost making.
    - Food prep and preserving.

    Please, when messaging clearly state when you would like to arrive and leave. You will be working with Resi on a 3 days per week - enjoy the four days free time to explore the area. We have bikes you can borrow.

    Note: we are keen backcountry skiers and with Hotham and Falls Creek 2hr drive away form us - we often plan winter mid week escapes. You are welcome to join us (cost involved, chairlifts and gear hire if you want to ski) or stay at home - but we will need our snow winter fix! :)

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    Our journey started in 2013, when we packed up our home in North Wales and travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Italy, mostly thanks to Workaway hosts. We have learnt a huge wealth of information, visited amazing places and make great forever friends. We have now decided to give something back to the Workaway community.

    Resi, 47, is Italian but lived for over 20 years in the UK before moving to Australia, thanks to Vince, 40, who is Australian and together we have settled in North East Victoria, in a lovely town called Beechworth.

    As we mentioned, our new home is a 12 acres lifestyle block and is a bit of an empty canvas lowly being filled. So it is ideal if you like to make an impact and would like to be part of designing a new permaculture project. There is a bit of everything that needs doing. We would like your help to map out the land, set-up a ‘start’ off the vegetable patch, plant trees, tend to the chickens and choose which plants to grow (expect trips to garden centre, in the name of research of course!). But there is also work to be done indoors, such as finishing putting plasterboard up and painting, fixing skirting board and architraves. Don’t worry if you don’t know what you are doing, it will be a just question of time!

    Resi teaches Italian in Beechworth as well as running a small deluxe dogminding business. Vince is a summer firefighter. We both enjoy travelling, discover new places, the outdoors and sustainable lifestyles. Resi particularly enjoys growing vegetables, preserving the harvest and she is also a bit of an IT geek. Vince is an outdoor sports fan, from mountain biking, wild swimming, trail running and more. New hobby includes home brewing and enjoying the product of his hard work. We both have a love for food and cooking, and socialising.

    We host helpers on 21hrs in exchange for all week food and lodging. We will provide all the food you need for all the time you are staying with us and a comfy place to sleep. We do eat meat, however during summer time is mostly vegetarian, with some yummy bacon or something! If you are vegetarian or vegan, let’s chat - that is not an issue - but we will need to do some extra planning! Resi used to be vegan and we also like to eat vegetarian, so it’s not a problem. This also applies to any other dietary requirements within reason. And if you enjoy cooking, we most definitely will like to hear from you!

    What’s to do on your day off? Beechworth is a gold mining town with heaps and heaps of history and character. Google it and look for the 'Explore Beechworth', there are plenty of videos to inspire you. During winter we are about 1.5-2hrs drive to the ski slopes of Falls Creek and Mount Hotham (note, there are a few charges to access the ski fields - ask us about it!) Bushwalking and camping abounds and there are lots of free camping places to go and explore. We are also in a prime wine making area, cycle tracks abound and if micro brewing interests you, every local town has at least one micro-brewery!

    If you like the sound of what we have to offer, get in touch and find out more. Couple/friends are welcome.

    PLEASE NOTE: we are about 6km from town, that is 20min bike ride (on cycle trail) or 1.5hr walk. if you don't have your own transport, we have bikes you can borrow.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    A mix of Italian, Welsh, UK and obviously, Aussie experiences await you. Beechworth is brimming with history and culture. We are ourselves on a journey to learn more about managing a lifestyle block, we would welcome for you to learn with us.

  • Help

    Help

    *️️️*️️️*️️️
    UPDATE May 2020 >>>
    With the easing of the restrictions, we are back open to host workawayers at our place in Beechworth!!

    Work needing help with:
    - Fencing the wildlife area so that horses and goats will let nature do its thing.
    - Painting/Varnishing skirting boards and trims (nice indoor warm job!)
    - Vegetable best preparation.
    - Tree planting and seed prep.
    - Compost making.
    - Food prep and preserving.

    Please, when messaging clearly state when you would like to arrive and leave. You will be working with Resi on a 3 days per week - enjoy the four days free time to explore the area. We have bikes you can borrow.

    Note: we are keen backcountry skiers and with Hotham and Falls Creek 2hr drive away form us - we often plan winter mid week escapes. You are welcome to join us (cost involved, chairlifts and gear hire if you want to ski) or stay at home - but we will need our snow winter fix! :)
    *️️️️️*️️️️️*️️️️️

    We host helpers on 21hrs in exchange for all week food and lodging. We will provide all the food you need for all the time you are staying with us and a comfy place to sleep. We do eat meat, however during summer time is mostly vegetarian, with some yummy bacon or something! If you are vegetarian or vegan, let’s chat - that is not an issue - but we will need to do some extra planning! Resi used to be vegan and we also like to eat vegetarian and are moving more and more towards a Whole Food Plant Based diet, so it’s not a problem. This also applies to any other dietary requirements within reason. And if you enjoy cooking, we most definitely will like to hear from you!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The primary helpers room is our spare room with two top bunks and a bottom bunk, but we also have just renovated a double bed room, however this room is also our BnB room.
    All bedding and towels are provided. Bathroom is shared.
    No smokers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you wish to visit North East Victoria and save some money on your great Aussie experience this is something worth considering. Beechworth has got plenty of cafes and hospitality places to earn some extra much needed travelling funds, and at the right time of the year, there is plenty of harvest and vineyard work for you to also gain your visa days (check postcode is allowed by your WHV> 3747) Please note we are quite new to the area and CAN'T assist with securing any work locally.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    max 25 hours with 2 days off

The princesses
We have built a veranda!!
Veggie patch coming into production
Starry starry night
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Fenna and Mitch admiring the Horn view in Mount Buffalo NP.
The start of the veggie patch
SHP1 and SHP2 looking surprised at all the grass around!
Jeanne, our first WorkAway Helper, getting Bruce the New Zealand Giant bunny home.

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