We are a family of three, a couple and our daughter who is fifteen. Six years ago we moved from the suburbs of Brisbane to the rural acreage near a small village, Eudlo, on the Sunshine Coast. We have a Meremma dog, a manx cat, and several chickens and quails. Organic eating and sustainable living are our goals. The house is on 10 acres which have been neglected for many years.
Ideally we need some helpers for the school holidays because we are on holidays from work. This is flexible.
As an exchange for the gardening, building, painting, house work or weed clearing, we can educate and instruct you about organic gardening, permaculture, syntropic gardening and sustainable living. Collaboration is encouraged.
We are happy to focus on any area of interest or expertise, such as:
Composting, no dig gardens, worm farms,
Food forest planting, companion planting, guilds
Propagation of unusual plants
Banana circle construction
Swale building for fruit orchard
Permaculture principles and design
Chicken breeding and chicks
Composting toilet, grey water recycling,
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We enjoy travelling and cultural exchange. We have hosted Japanese exchange students for a nearby school and Yoga teachers in training. We have our own experience of volunteering overseas and hosting workawayers. Anyone from overseas or even interstate will enjoy our subtropical lifestyle and rural landscape. Although we will on a rural bush property, Eudlo is only 25mins from world famous surf beaches and national parks.
2 km up the road is the Tibetan Buddhist Institute known as Chenrezig. As the website says, Chenrezig Institute is a centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat, and practice nestled in the foothills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia. Established in 1974 Chenrezig Institute was one of the first Tibetan Buddhist centre in the Western World and remains one of the largest. Today, the Institute is home to a Tibetan Lama, a large community of Sangha (monks and nuns), students, residents, volunteers and guests. Apart from the formal study programmes, Chenrezig Institute is a peaceful, calm and relaxing place to spend a few hours, days or weeks. Stroll along the bush paths, wander in the formal garden, sip espresso in the café, have a vegetarian meal, drop in for yoga, a meditation class or teaching, or just sit and listen to life.
Projects involving children
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Workawayers need to be fit and able. Any skills of a practical nature are welcomed. Gardeners, landscapers, builders, carpenters, ecologists and cooks. All you really need is to be keen to get up early and do some manual work before the sun gets too hot. An interest in the outdoors and wildlife. Helpers who enjoy this and have an interest in developing their skills will find a rewarding experience.
All accommodation, laundry, meals and WiFi are provided in exchange for work. Non smokers please.
We will work for 5 hours a day for 5 days . Starting at 7am and working til 11am because of the sun. Then complete the extra hours in the afternoon when it is cooler. Of course winter is cooler so you can sleep in. This is flexible.
Our family has a focus on a healthy lifestyle eating mainly organic vegetarian meals. Non vegetarians and vegans can be catered for. We welcome our workaways to engage with our daily activities and eat with our family. We are more than happy if you wish to cook meals or bake for everyone.
The house is a renovated Queenslander cottage, originally built in 1905. Our family bedrooms are upstairs with the kitchen, dining room, lounge room, verandahs and a composting toilet. Downstairs is a large TV lounge room, laundry, bathroom and toilet. There is a kitchenette with kettle, toaster and small fridge for convenience downstairs. For workaways, there is a room with a double bed. The house is supplied by rain water.
Plenty of room to park cars. It is better if you have your own transport so you can explore the area and be independent.
What else ...
It would be ideal to have your own transport, so you can be independent and enjoy your time off. Our property is 3km from any public transport, which is the Eudlo train station. This is on the Brisbane-Gympie line and takes 1.5hrs by train. It does link to buses for the beaches and shopping centres.
Plenty of places of interest for those with their own transport, although lifts can be arranged.
The Big Pineapple
Day trip to Brisbane
Maroochy Botanical Gardens
Maroochydore for bands/clubs/restaurants
Mooloolaba beachside cafes
Noosa National Park
Kondalilla Falls National Park
Maleny township in the hinterland-wineries/galleries
Mary Cairncross Nature Reserve
View from Montville
Yandina community garden
Maroochy river for fishing
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
With 10 acres of bush, there are plenty of possible sites to park a campervan either plugged in or off grid. More than happy to accomodate someone long term if staying in an off grid campervan.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week