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Help me become as self-sustainable as possible preserving the natural environment in my garden in Perth, W Australia

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  • Last activity: 20/12/2022




  • Description


    My unique rural/ urban property is on sacred Noongar country between two lakes Lake Gnangara ( walking distance), situated equi time (approx. 25mins) from the, Perth city CBD, Perth airport, Mullaloo beach and the Swan Valley. Despite being located within Perth city, the one-hectare unique property offers a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of urban life as you immerse yourself in the natural environment. You are surrounded by trees and native birds with the endangered Barnaby Cockatoo flying and calling raucously overhead, whilst they forage for food, or you can be delighted by the darting honey eaters and the native quenda (bandicoot) can be seen running -hopping amongst the balga/grasstrees seeking food.

    My garden consists of three distinct garden zones, consisting of remanent native bushland, including threatened floristic species such as the banksia woodlands, native bush foods and healing plants; Japanese Garden including groves of bamboo, ponds and water features and ' the farm', consisting of free ranging poultry, organic vegie gardens, diverse plantings of fruit trees, medicinal plants both native and exotic species.

    My aim is to create a healing sanctuary of spaciousness, connection to Mother nature who provides so lavishly - delicious teas and food laden with goodness from the composted soil. Naturally the soil is sandy and underneath is the Gnangara water mound, artesian water, therefore building the soil health along with conserving water is a priority. One of my future projects is to install water harvesting strategies such as rainwater tanks, maintaining the gardens is a constant, particularly as I do not use any sprays or chemicals.

    I live in a large family home with my young adult children, who work locally. Accommodation is within the family home. My aim is to become as self-sustainable as possible, whilst honouring the natural biodiversity of the remaining natural environment which is only 18% of the swan river plains.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    The cultural exchange is learning about the local threatened floristic and fauna species. The biodiversity of the south west of Western Australia, connection with the natural environment and its people.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    The predominant activity is caring for country, depending on the gardening zone, different caring & gardening activities are required such:
    Native environment - weeding and burning (only in fire season),
    Japanese garden - pruning, checking and cleaning the ponds, raking the stones
    The 'The Farm' - creating wicking beds, mulching, compost making, checking reticulation.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Brazilian Portugese

  • Accommodation


    Shared family home, own private room fully furnished with queen size bed, pool and tranquil gardens. Food home grown supplemented by fresh food from the markets or shops. Our family indulges in healthy, fresh and nutritious food with a preference for vegetarian cuisine. My kitchen is fully equipped with juicers, blenders to whip up fresh juices, smoothies or baked goodies.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The immediate area is a mix of natural wetlands and rural activities such as strawberry farms, equine, within walking distance to leisure activities such as is the county gold club. There are local markets on the weekend serving culturally diverse cuisines.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Internet access reliable

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 376741942769

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