Come and stay with us and explore the beautiful beaches south of Sydney, Australia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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    If you love the beach and hiking, while not being too far from good coffee and cocktails, then this is the workaway for you!

    We are a semi-retired couple living in the beautiful Illawarra region on the South Coast, about an hours travel south of Sydney. Margaret is currently on leave from teaching and recovering an operation and Noel has retired from the property industry and is a keen fisherman and sailor and would love to take you for a cruise in Sydney Harbour in our little sailboat.

    We are still new to workaway and are working out the process, but would love to welcome you to the Illawarra. Our daughter's family have hosted many workaway people at their artist studio's in Melbourne and we've met a few of the lovely people who have stayed with them which has made us think that we might enjoy it too.

    Our house is on a double block with views of the mountainside, it's a 10 minute drive or an easy bus trip to Wollongong town centre and the beaches.

    We have two bedrooms for workaway guests. Wollongong itself is easy to get to by train and we can also pick you up from Wollongong station, or maybe even from Sydney if needed.

    We have a space for couples and for single travellers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you like you can begin and end each day with a swim on North Beach or at the Continental Baths, which are both accessible by bus from our house.

    There are heaps of places to explore in the region includes beautiful landscapes and interesting townships, including places for bushwalking, walk-in camping e.g Uloola Falls or Kangaroo Valley. Sydney is an easy (and beautiful) train ride away and if we can we'd love to take you out on the boat to see Sydney Harbour from the water.

    Margaret is a teacher and can help with English practice.

    We love to cook & look forward to trading recipes.

    There are music, folk and cultural festivals in the region over the summer months, and lots of cultural clubs for the local Italian, Polish, German, Chilean, Spanish, Chinese community - to name a few.

    There's loads of surfing to be had in the surrounding beaches, great diving spots like Bushranger Bay, Skydiving, rock climbing, cycling and bush walking.

  • Help


    What we need is help with a big spring clean. We want to Marie Kondo the house!

    We have moved from a much bigger property and still have a lot of unsorted boxes in the house which are creating dust, and some clutter.

    The work we need right now includes:
    - cooking dinner 4 nights a week, because we love to try new foods!
    - sorting boxes
    - moving boxes and loading rubbish
    - unloading rubbish at the tip
    - vacuuming the house
    - sorting through things in the house to pare back clutter

    It might also include:
    - shopping for groceries

    As you can see the volunteering tasks are all pretty flexible, so we are happy for you work out your own schedule so that you can spend time exploring the area or doing paid work.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We live in a 3 bedroom house with a study, we stay in the master bedroom with ensuite. We can make our other two bedrooms available for guests.
    - One double bed in a private bedroom, shared bathroom
    - One single bed in a private bedroom, shared bathroom

    We would prefer non-smokers. If you do smoke, please only stay with us if you're comfortable not smoking in the house or the yard.

    We have internet available, which you're very welcome to use. I'm not sure how much data we have on our plan as we don't download much media, but I can check it. We've got plenty for normal web surfing and emailing.

    We haven't really worked out what to do with food yet. We'll provide basic groceries for breakfast, lunch and dinner and access to the kitchen. If you prefer to cook for yourself that is totally fine, and we'd also love to share meals at least 4 nights a week.

    There will be plenty of food available, but you may need to buy your own groceries if you have special dietary requirements.

    Our house is in a leafy residential suburb called Figtree, which is part of the township of Wollongong. People refer to the region as either Wollongong or as The Illawarra.

    Wollongong township is surrounded by semi-tropical rainforest, bushland and beaches and we have regular visits from finches, cockatoos, rosella and kookaburras.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Wollongong isn't always on the main tourist circuit of Australia, but it's an absolutely beautiful place. Besides pristine beaches, the dramatic escarpment covered in sub-tropical rainforest and surrounding National Parks - Wollongong is a vibrant multi-cultural micro-city.

    People have migrated to Wollongong from all over the world to work in our coal and steel industries and now we have a much more diverse and interesting local culture than many other Australian towns. Visiting Wollongong will give you a different kind of insight into Australian culture.

    There are lots of small bars, cool cafes and interesting artist-run galleries opening up in Wollongong. You can take a dip in stunning sea baths, eat fish & chips or fancy pizza on the beach or bushwalk up the mountain for big sea views.

    There are regular trains from Sydney to Wollongong, and it's easy to do day trips to Sydney. You can catch a train from Wollongong directly from the airport.

    We have a bus stop right outside our house that will take you to town.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our boat in Sydney Harbour
The interior or our caravan, our daughter and her husband designed and built it for us
We have a small yacht moored in Sydney Harbour, if the timing is right we can take you for a harbour cruise!
If you like you might be able to stay in our caravan in Mossman Bay or in Wollongong
There's lots of beaches!
Wollongong boat harbour
You can have a morning swim each day at the Continental Baths, next door to the boat harbour and fish market
Wollongong escarpment has lots of bushwalks
Wollongong is a great place for bird spotting!
One of the cool cafe/bars in Wollongong
Sublime Point walking track along the escarpment
This is the only photo I have of our place at the moment, we'll take more and upload photos of the bedrooms soon
Host ref number: 368969631321