Help a family of five fun-lovers in our handmade stone house near Malmsbury, Australia




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    We are an adventurous family in a large house with 6 bedrooms, on 27 acres in a sweet valley. We like hosting friends and family for fun times around the dinner table. Community is key and we enjoy our neighbors dropping by.

    There are hordes of kangaroos, wood ducks, vibrant red rosellas, flame robins and musk lorikeets - all sorts of birds on our property. Endangered sugar gliders hide away in our front paddock. We live by permaculture principles and have many trees to plant. Most guests soon gain an insight into how to propagate plants in our large polytunnel.

    Our kids are Tara (12) and twins Jamari and Curtis (9). They are real characters, sure to make your stay a genuine insight into Australian life. For the last 4 years we ran a community nursery in inner western Melbourne with the assistance of 75+ Helpers. Now we have an even better house to host our traveling friends. We are setting this place up for the future so it is an exciting time. Malmsbury station is just five minutes away so we can easily pick you up from there. Or grab a lift from Karl's office in North Melbourne (Mon - Wed).

    We are always impressed by just how many solid people with adventurous tendencies come to stay.
    Go humanity ;)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We teach you about permaculture design, kombucha production, running a nursery, looking after chooks. We like discussing parenting philosophies, the dangers of neo-liberal economics, some kooky science - it all happens at our place. Solutions are the key to sanity in this mad, mad world.

  • Help


    We see you as part of the family, so anything we have to do to keep the house running, we hope you will too. We share watering, gardening, farming, cooking, cleaning, kid wrangling, whatever needs to be done. Projects are planned around your skills. If you can build - great. If you can knit, well that too! The kids are at an age where they are able to look after themselves, so help around the farm is key.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a little Maori

  • Accommodation


    Your bedroom has a sweet view of the sunrise. The room is a triangle shape and has its own cupboards. The house is made from recycled goods so it is full of character. Or if you like your own space we can rig up the caravan. Great over summer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Grab a bike and go for a cycle through the neighboring forest, hang with our horse-mad neighbor Steph, see the sights of the central highlands - we are 20 minutes from coolio Castlemaine, a similar distance to Daylesford - both havens for creative cultures. Kyneton and Malmsbury are barely 10 minutes away and have their own farming and historical quirks. We have hammocks overlooking our 'love heart' dam, so there's plenty of nice views to enjoy on the site. Most days we have mobs of 10+ kangaroos awaiting your camera. Sunset is well celebrated, particularly on Fridays!

    One of our challenges is to have five sweet reading spots on the farm. We've got two set up - all we need is to pull some tree stumps into place in a few other select locations. Tasks like these - expect them written on a list on the back of an envelope to do if/ when you can. Its all fun.

    And please, if you are coming all this way down south, please put the Pacific Islands on your agenda! Vanuatu (180+ islands), Papau New Guinea, Solomon Islands are all incredibly beautiful, with many areas not too commercialised. Ahhhh to traveling tips!

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

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

Watch out for these 2 rock stars ~!~
Fun at Womadelaide!
A view of our wee valley. We are so lucky and love sharing our little corner of the world with our traveling friends.
To ticking off lists! Great workaway action here with Laura, Puq and Freek working alongside Rayna on some needed windbreaks aroudn the garden.
Our beautiful wall, with afternoon sunlight streaming in.
Kids being kids!
The people who made our house were called the Hartmanns. So they built us a love heart dam too! We're certainly continuing the tradition.
A view from one of our 4 dams to the other. Spectacular sunsets over this valley
The family in action on our 'lap' around Australia.
looking into our living room. we guarantee you wont see another house like this.
Karl on the kombucha mission. Once a week, join in!
the view out your bedroom window
Our first Norwegian 'round' woodstack. Dries faster and once we got it up and established (3rd time lucky), it was more stable than the typical woodstack. Thanks Zak and Tsuyoshi for all the help on this!
virtually the view out your window. great sunrises!
Introducing Tara, Jamari and Curtis. At least they are cheerful troublemakers......most of the time!

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