Come and help on a beautiful farmstay in Gippsland in Victoria, Australia.

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  • Last activity: 12 Feb 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are a young couple in our 60s and we are on a small beef cattle farm of 40 acres in beautiful gippsland victoria. We would like somebody to help us about on the farm as "many hands make light work as they say."

    here we have cattle and ponies, some chooks, a dog, a cat and a small orchard, wicking vegie beds, the beginnings of a nursery, so there is always too much to do. We are just 5k from korumburra which boasts 2 wineries, a brewery, coal creek historical village and still only a 2 hour bus trip to Melbourne city on weekdays. I regularly travel to parts of the city of melbourne and to Belgrave which is where puffing Billy is and is on the train line to get about Melbourne, so you can still get around to travel if you don't have a car. We are a safe place for single female travellers. A farm is a place where you should be always mindful of safety. Hats in summer, sensible farm boots and a good waterproof coat. We can help with coats, hats, working gloves and gum boots but you do need safe working boots. Gippsland can get get chilly in winter, so you need warm gear, there are 4 op-shops (for fantastic cheap second hand clothes) in town so you can buy working clothes or warmer gear very cheaply in town. You get your own room, comfy dble bed and mark is a great cook. We think we are good company, like a good wine with our dinner on weekends, not vegetarian, non smokers and happy to drive you around locally to reach transport to tour about and do your tourist activities from a nice home base, plus pick up lots of knowledge from your hosts.
    During Covid we are laying low. Our regional area of gippsland is not in lockdown but we are being cautious due to elderly and at risk family members that we care about. We understand that workawayers want to experience all that life has to offer, but just letting you know this is a quiet environment to lay low in at the moment.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    We both speak excellent English and are quite happy to help with your English skills, we are commuting distance to Melbourne city for tourist activities via a 2 hour bus ride or a lift with us. you would be staying on a farm, which is 5 kilometres out of town. so it's a long walk if you have no car but we go in and out of town almost daily so can give you a lift. in town there is "coal creek historical village" which is free, and sometimes has great social functions like the geek festival, beard competition day, easter egg hunts and medieval day. when there is a big function on, they run the little tourist train. there are 2 pubs and a brewery in town and 1 winery local to us. Here at our place you would be involved in rural activities, farming beef cattle, ponies,veggie garden and plants, in a fairly typical Australian household but minus the beer and footy. We have 60 different species of birds here and wombats. the local township is small, but there is a bigger town of leongatha 10 minutes drive away with decent shops and a movie theatre. The djinta djinta winery is walking distance next door, and gippsland is on a gourmet driving trail so you can eat and drink your way around the countryside if you have access to a car. we are only 45minutes drive away from the 90 mile beach, Phillip island, fairy penguins, and I regularly drive to belgrave for puffingbilly, the trees adventure park and I love being a tour guide about my fabulous magical land of oz.

  • Help


    Running a farm is always lots of work;
    collecting wood from the paddocks into trailers, loading up the wood box, keeping a fire fueled up in cold weather, watering, (and running the pump) and checking animals, and their health, yarding stock for treatments, feeding chooks and collecting eggs, working with ponies, fencing and pruning, potting and weeding. burning off to keep the property fire safe, building animal shelters, plus building of wicking beds for veggies, shelter sheds, pruning fruit trees and roses, general cleaning up around the property to keep it safe.
    We want you to be safe, you must have good solid shoes or boots to protect your feet. You haven't lived till a 750kg cow or horse accidently stands on your foot. A farm is a workplace environment. We have sunscreen, work gloves, spare hats and some spare gumboots for mud but protective shoes that cover your entire foot are a must have. The ground is all uneven from cows walking thru mud in winter so supportive boots are a big help to navigate the block. Think really rough bush track walking.....
    We do want you to enjoy yourself here, and not get damaged.!!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a 3 bedroom house which we would share, with your own room with a queen sized bed and built in wardrobe. Mark is quite a good cook, but the cook never has to do the dishes, we do have a dishwasher, we expect you to help pull your own weight around the house and to clean up after yourself and we all do our bit around the the house just to keep it liveable for us all. We are both celiac, (no wheat/gluten) and we eat meat, occaisionally we butcher our own meat on farm, (so probably not a happy event for vegetarians.) This is a no smoking household, and we have a dog and a cat, who hang inside, so if you're allergic to dogs or cats, not suitable. Mark is home most days working in office and I work most sunny afternoons on a part time job in Belgrave. there is tv with lots of movies on file for rainy days and internet of sorts, no decent bandwith (adsl no nbn here) so no downloading of movies possible. Telstra is a bit spotty here, but Optus works fine. we have reverse cycle a.c. and a wood fire which is lovely in winter but needs to be kept stoked up with wood! We are on tank water here which I love as it tastes so good but we have to watch our water use in high summer dry period. we also have solar so most (washing machines) are only run in daylight.
    tv has lots of movies on the files for rainy days or to curl up with at night. We are about half an hour drive from the beach at Inverloch.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    we also drive up to Melbourne regularly if you need transport to a metro train line, there and back. there are lots of weekend markets around all the local townships, we are about 45minutes drive from Phillip island, another popular tourist destination if you have a car, we are on the gourmet trail thru gippsland. I work part time in Belgrave, we can also give you a lift there to catch trains around Melbourne or see puffing Billy, trees adventure, the forest walks or other tourist activities around there as well. we live quietly but occaisionally enjoy a good red with dinner on the weekends. plans are afoot to get offgrid, and we can hold a conversation about anything. They are just completing a rail trail (from a walk from our place) that will link up to the local townships and Wilson's prom is a short drive from here for day trips.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 389742725749

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