Help us with gardening and other tasks around our property on the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia



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    We are currently NOT hosting due to Covid 19!

    We are an elderly active couple. Our children have all long left home. We have a very large property with a sensational rural life style, that we would love to share with guests from overseas. This is a very quiet spot, with no night life, shops, clubs, etc nearby.

    Please see our photos and you can appreciate that this is a lovely spot, in a beautiful riverside setting.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Gene is American who has lived in Australia for over 35 years. Marie is originally from Sydney and was a former nurse. We are both very well travelled and have been to many sensational places around the world. We love people who want to enjoy a rural experience. If you love the outdoors, have a positive, upbeat attitude and can work unassisted, we would encourage you to contact us.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We live on 10 acres (4 hectares) at Bohnock on the Manning River on the mid-north coast of NSW. Our property has large extensive grounds and we need assistance with lawn mowing, gardening and general landscaping on an ongoing basis. We have a large ride on lawn mower for mowing the grounds.

    Other jobs could include chopping wood, painting, cleaning, general repairs, cleaning gutters, building a gazebo, paving, plumbing and electrical. Yes jobs for all skills and experience here.

    We ask for 4-5 hours of work per day, 5 days per week. We are flexible with you starting, early, late, or on different days. We are respectful of you and your assistance and expect the same respect and appreciation from our guests.

    We have 2 dogs (very friendly) and 1 friendly cat (cross eyed and mad).

    We have two houses on the property with the main house (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms) being right on the river and where we live. This was the former School Teachers residence. The other house is 150 metres away and is the former School. This has been completely renovated with a large lounge room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and ensuite. Workaway guests will normally stay in the old school house.

    Our guests will have meals with us in the main house and join with us as part of our family while they are here as our guests.

    We have both lead busy, active, interesting lives and now appreciate the chance to host and meet guests from around the world, who can also assist in day to day jobs at our property.

    We are in a very quiet setting, with only limited mobile phone coverage. We have wi-fi at the main house that you are welcome to use. But the wi-fi is mostly good, but can be limited on some days, so movie streaming etc, won't work here. If you are wanting an Australian rural experience, in a beautiful setting with an older couple as your hosts, we look forward to hearing from you.

    We normally check emails and messages of an evening, but if we don't immediately reply, please be patient as we will reply to all messages.

    No Smokers, No Drugs, No Parties

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You have your own double bedroom in the Old School House for a single / couples. For travelling non couple doubles, there is a bed in the lounge of the Old School House, as well as the bedroom there.

    On some occasions we may ask you to stay in the Main House, in which you will get your own double bed room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To get to Bohnock, you get the XPT Passenger Train to Taree, or the bus line to Taree. We would drive in (20 minutes) to pick you up and drop you back off.

    If you are driving yourself, we can provide address and directions of how to get here.

    We are in bed by 9.30 p.m (or earlier) and up around 8.00 a.m. You of course have your own residence at the Old School House and can stay up later, get up earlier etc.

  • 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

Host ref number: 389446774572