Develop your skills while helping our family with various projects around the house and garden near Brisbane, Australia



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    Our solar-powered home is set in the rainforest of Mount Glorious, 45 minutes from Brisbane. We are a couple with three children (12, 17 and 21 years).
    We embrace a philosophy of sustainability and building resilient communities and households, with a focus on practical skills.
    Erika is a midwife working part time in Brisbane. Bruce is an activist and craftsman, working in bush timber work, traditional hand tool woodwork, and blacksmithing with charcoal made from our forest. We build and repair bicycles and electric bicycles (our son is a bike mechanic).
    We have a long history of sharing our home with visitors from many places. We enjoy learning about other people and the places they come from.
    The natural environment around us is very beautiful. Our living space is busy all day with projects, study, housework and stimulating ideas. We enjoy engaging our helpers with all that is happening.
    Our home is not a place for visitors who depend on frequent access to phones, screens or internet. We discourage screen use in our living area: this is an opportunity to connect with a real things and the natural world.
    Bruce publishes a blog on some of his practical projects.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We welcome our helpers to engage with our daily activities and eat and work with our family through our daily routine. Visitors who enjoy this and have an interest in developing their skills will find a more rewarding experience.
    This is a good place to learn about ideas and skills of "transition" households and communities. We are keen to share craft and home production skills, including cooking delicious whole foods on our wood and charcoal stoves, renewable energy, constructing and fixing bikes and electric bikes, traditional woodworking, blacksmithing gardening and building. Our family has a focus on a healthy lifestyle and we eat a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods.

  • Help


    Visitors should plan to help every day with dishwashing and other household tasks, particularly at meal times. This is really important for keeping our busy house functioning well.
    Other work includes outdoor tasks, including veggie gardening, maintaining our orchard, building, painting, fixing and landscaping.
    Current activities on our property include: Building a new bathroom from local timber, chainsaw milling, rock wall building, chopping and stacking firewood, installing a new water tank and working on house and shed and landscaping, creating a new bicycle workshop. There are many things needing making or fixing.
    We like our helpers to be happy doing things that match their skills and aspirations.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We (usually) provide a room with a double bed and bedding, within our house.
    We don't have smoking in or around our house or buildings.
    We offer limited access to wireless internet. Visitors are asked to leave their screens in their room.
    Our house is supplied by solar electricity (with batteries), and electricity use must be very efficient.
    Water is supplied from our rainwater tanks, so must be used carefully.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Time off: Local options include extensive bush walks, a choice of cafes, and beautiful mountain cycling. At our house there are a lot of recreational options with crafts including woodwork and blacksmithing.
    Transport: there is a school bus from The Gap State High School on school days. The closest train station is at Ferny Grove, where lifts can be arranged, sometimes with Erika returning from work.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 1.5 days off/week

Host ref number: 348632731786