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.
We are missing our international travellers, but hope that some Melbournians looking for a tree change weekend here and there would like to become part of our crew!
Karl and I both work in the NGO space, trying to make the world a better place. He is an economist specialising in the next economy, whilst I work in communications and run the local farmers market.
We are aiming to set up an affordable housing project on our farm, a Community Land Trust based on permaculture principles. A big project.
We start off small tho! Most guests soon gain an insight into how to propagate plants in our polytunnel. We have many trees to plant!
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.
Our kids are Tara (14) and twins Jamari and Curtis (11). They are real characters, sure to make your stay a genuine insight into Australian life.
For 4 years we ran a community nursery in inner western Melbourne with the assistance of 75+ Helpers. Now we are three years into our tree change we are well set up thanks to people like you, making it an even better house to host our traveling friends. So many travellers have made wonderful contributions to our way of life - we thank you all! We're pretty sure you'll take away some stories, strategies and smiles after some time with us too.
Malmsbury station is just five minutes away so we can easily pick you up from there.
Dietary requirements - sorry but we do eat meat so hope we can work together to make it all happen. Curtis eats vegetarian most nights, so there are workarounds. Regardless, we love cooking straight out of the garden.
We are always impressed by just how many solid people with adventurous tendencies come to stay.
Go humanity ;) Come say hello~!~
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We teach you about permaculture design, kombucha production, fermentation, running a nursery, looking after chooks and goats, the importance of soil PH testing. Things we are involved in include a relocalisation project, men’s and women’s circles, bulk buying, the village fayre, coordinating the farmers market and craft. We like discussing parenting philosophies, the alternatives to neo-liberal economics, some kooky science - it all happens at our place. Solutions are the key to sanity in this mad, mad world.
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, but love playing board games etc.One of the main things we love you to help with is just keeping us company ;) it’s great to get to know what’s happening out there.
We are continually building soil so have 7 composts, a hugelkultur pile and Biochar - wow that char is magic! These are all in aid of developing new garden beds. Our self sufficiency is growing! Alongside that are watering systems, polytunnels to maintain and tools to sharpen. We now have 2 highlands goats alongside our ducks n chooks.
Your bedroom has a sweet view of the sunrise. The room is a triangle shape and has its own wardrobe. 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.
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 as 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!
Check you round the campfire!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Karl & I both work online from home at present. We have some beautiful spaces to work from.
Beautiful camping spots abound.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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