Experience life in the Australian bush on a small co-operative community 1 hour south of Byron Bay.
12 households share 200ha of elevated coastal bush land overlooking the spectacular Bundjalung National Park and Pacific Ocean. We share the land with many native animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, birds, and some endangered species.
We live completely ‘off-grid’. This means we harvest our own water, and generate power from the sun. On Fridays we have a community dinner where each household brings a plate of food to share, but otherwise we all live independently.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Travellers will experience a rural Australian non-intentional community lifestyle. You'll learn how we live cooperatively with nature, other people and escape the 'rat-race' of city living.
We like to start work after breakfast, and you can spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful property, and surrounding national park, or swimming in our dam or at the nearby beach (Black Rocks).
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The activities we have for you really depend on what we are working on. You may also work with different families, to vary and enrich your experience! Some jobs may include gardening, building, site preparation, stonework, preserving (e.g. making jams) etc.
Don’t worry about the skills or experience you have – there are many jobs to do and something for everyone! If there's something in particular you would like to gain experience in, let us know and we'll try and facilitate.
The volunteers who seem to enjoy our property are those who are enthusiastic and interested in the outdoors and nature. Or people interested in learning about permaculture, organic farming practices, and living off the land. Depending on the season, the work can be quite easy, and at other times it can be quite a work out. To get a better idea of the lifestyle here, please read our feedback from other workawayers.
There are a few accommodation arrangements depending on availability. We have a cosy little guest hut (called the hexagon) nestled in amongst the trees. When the hut is available you have your very own private space to sleep in, which is perfect for couples. Or you may stay in a separate guest house with one of the families. We have accommodation for up to 5 people, or more, if you bring your own tent/campervan.
Volunteers are welcome to stay for a short or long time and share all meals with us, in exchange for 4 to 5 hours help each day. Usually, we have a self-service arrangement for breakfast, but we meet for lunch and dinner.
If you don’t have your own vehicle, we can pick you up from Ballina, Lismore or Woodburn.
We also welcome last minute, spontaneous types so feel free to shoot me a text and try your luck!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. If you would like only accommodation (no meals), 3 hours per day.
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