Food and wildlife wonderland in a quiet valley in the beautiful Castlemaine Diggings National Park, Australia



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    Our Property is situated in a quiet valley in the beautiful Castlemaine Diggings National Park. We are surrounded by Box-Ironbark Forest which has unique plants and animals. The property has an orchard, huge veggie patch, greenhouse for tropical veggies, chickens, a couple of sheep and a dog simba. My husband and I live here and some friends who live in our bungalow.

    As we are surrounded by National Park. During your free time, you can enjoy:
    -great Dividing Range trail is on our doorstep with 400km walking/riding
    -many local markets, galleries and local events
    -Eureka mine is an historical gold mine within walking distance. You can download a podcast and do a tour.
    -The Dingo wildlife park is located 10min walk away.
    - many shorter bike rides/walks throughout the National Park
    - look at rare animals and plants
    -walk our lovely dog simba
    - visit local historical towns of Castlemaine and Maldon which are only 10 and 20min away.

    We keep ourselves busy with trying to produce our own food from our land and trying to be as sustainable as possible, so lots of preserving. We make our own cider, honey mead, bread, preserves, olives, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, beeswax candles, soap, sewing projects etc. we are constantly co-learning new skills.

    We also run our own family ecology consultancy mainly in wetland ecology and restoration and flora and fauna surveys in Nothern Victoria. We are in the process of transforming into a not for profit wetland restoration trust.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    Helpers will learn how a sustainable, regional family live. Particularly living a very healthy lifestyle. eating a very healthy diet and growing and eating unprocessed food.

    Lots of practical skills to be shared in organic gardening, composting, preserving, beer making etc.

    Depending on the projects and the person some handyman skills could be learned.

    Most importantly for us we love to share our passion and knowledge for Australian biodiversity, plants and animals. We often go on camping trips with visitors.

    We also love taking visitors on walks and bike rides and being in the outdoors. we do yoga daily and those interested can join us.

  • Help


    Ideally we are looking for hard working couples or individuals who are interested in outside chores or sustainable gardening. We always have chores in the vegetable patch, orchard or property improvement projects on the go. Its always varied and interesting and generally one of us will work alongside.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    It’s important to us that our Workaways enjoy their time with us and our set up provides the opportunity for both independent living and shared experiences.

    We have a beautiful, sustainable built cabin (the Treehouse), only 20m from main house. Set up for rental it has a split heating/cooling system, cooking facilities. It is under a massive oak tree.

    Depending on numbers of people there is also a spare room in the house.

    We provide you with a fully stocked fridge snd pantry including home grown fruit and veggies, eggs from our own chickens. Home made bread, olives, preserves etc. That way you can eat what you like and have your own space.

    It is nice to have a few shared meals together a few nights a week. Taking turns to cook and clean up. Guests are asked to help with preparation and clean up of meals, this is a community event and not included in hours.

    We have a Telstra phone booster aerial so if you have Telstra you will get good reception. There is no wifi available (we are on a satellite so very limited data and need it to run business)

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    What else ...

    How to get here
    There is a train station in Castlemaine which is a ten minute drive. We can meet helper there.

    Once here helpers can borrow bikes or get a lift into town where someone goes every other day.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day

Host ref number: 286558192523