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*Our biggest needs are help with our kids (being fun, and also in charge!), household help like cleaning and tidying, and experience with gardening and outdoor maintenance.*
We live on a 50 acre rural property with three houses. My partner Gregor and I live in one of the houses with our three small children, and you would mostly spend time with us, other volunteers, or sometimes, other residents. Some of our interests are growing food, native bush regeneration, natural learning, and peaceful parenting.
We also have a second property just on the NSW side of the border, where we sometimes host volunteers also. The projects there are similar and it's also a lovely, rural property. As the QLD border is closed, if you are coming from NSW, sometimes people help us at the NSW house first, if it's needed, and then we can help you cross into QLD.
Our projects include food gardens and orchards, rainforest regeneration, and making native fruit jam. We are in the 'ideas stage' of creating a group of homeschooling families here, so we're always interested to share ideas with people about raising children and ways of learning. We're in the beautiful Numinbah Valley near the Gold Coast, a half hour drive from Nerang train station, and half an hour from Murwillumbah bus station. We can pick you up from these places, or the Gold Coast airport, as there's no public transport in our valley.
The property is very scenic, in a valley between two national parks, with dams, a big creek flat, a waterhole for swimming and lots of wildlife. Activity ebbs and flows here, with some quiet family times, other times with volunteers, family and friends visiting. (Covid edit: currently the levels of interaction are low!) We are a community, but that doesn't mean we all spend every day together. About every two months we hold camping gatherings on the creek flat, with up to 50 people. Optus and Telstra work here but Vodafone does not. We have mobile wifi, available for moderate use.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Our community project: We're hoping to create a small extended family or tribe to support each other in the journey of raising children, and give the kids (and adults) a different experience. If you are interested in how intentional communities form and work, and what the benefits might be, you might find a stay with us rewarding. However we are very much in the early stages, so please don't expect to find an enlightened group of people with perfect practices! Living in community takes a lot of learning. Likewise, we would like to live sustainably / regeneratively, but we are only at the beginning of that journey.
Land and wildlife: We live in a beautiful biodiverse area, and we have knowledge we can share with you about local wildlife and ecosystems. We have a rainforest tree planting program on our beautiful creek flat, and a small native plant nursery, as well as being close to several beautiful national parks with lots of bushwalks. There's a glow worm cave just 5 minutes drive from our place. We also have a range of knowledge and practices about gardening in local Australian subtropical conditions, and some knowledge of no-dig and permaculture principles. We aim to produce as much food as possible to feed ourselves (a work in progress!)
We're looking for people who would like to help us with child care, cleaning, household help, gardening, landscaping, weeding, watering, rainforest regeneration, handy work, or property maintenance. I'm also looking for someone with marketing skills to help to develop a marketing plan for a native fruit jam we make :)
We ask for your help for 4 hours a day if the work is physically hard, like digging, or 5 hours if it's easier, for 5 days a week. We are happy to talk it through with you, if you would like to have a different arrangement. In exchange we give you all your food, except treats or alcohol, though we are happy to pick them up for you. We are happy to help you get around if we can, to see the local sights, when you have free time. We often go away to a "weekender' house nearby, on the weekends. Sometimes volunteers come with us, and sometimes they stay home. We sometimes are able to lend a car, but not always.
Like most hosts, our lives are full, with a young family, a large property and several households to look after. We value proactive people who can blend into our way of life and want to help us make improve it. We have made many good friends through Workaway, and look forward to making many more :)
We have two spare rooms, one in the house with the family and one downstairs. We are omnivores but can accommodate most diets. You are welcome to cook! We prefer non smokers, but if you smoke, check with us and we can see if there's a space for you. If you have particular needs or circumstances, please let us know before you arrive, so that we can be sure we can accommodate you.
Days off can be spent bushwalking, swimming, or visiting local towns, beaches, attractions and national parks. We are close to the Gold Coast and 90 minutes from Byron Bay. There's no local public transport in our valley, but there is always someone coming or going, so we are happy to help you get around on your days off.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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