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We are a Christian husband and wife team, in our late 40s/early 50s. In 2016-7, we bought a property which includes several old buildings, one of which is heritage-listed, and 2 cottages, in addition to our House, with local river frontage.
We are having fun hosting and learning from travellers and enjoy seeing our valley with new eyes.
Help in the house
We have both travelled and want to pay forward the hospitality we were shown. We want to learn especially about international foods and help with language learning. I love cooking and sharing new and old recipes. Fiona loves cooking, it is her happy place, and lezrning new recipes is fun.
We are happy to share some tourism activities, when it fits with our schedules. We like whales, swimming and snorkeling, and local festivals too. Workawayers pay their own admission to attractions, but we provide can meals, possibly by way of a picnic.
We have kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, bandicoots, possums, antechinus, echidnas and platypus in the wild, and in our garden or river. There are also many many native birds.
We are really enjoying our workaway experience so far and love having talks about lands we haven't visited yet.
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER Snow not too far away, and whale watching is moving into full swing.
We own a 7 acre property with 3 cottages and 4 other buildings. It had been left to run down and become overgrown until we bought it in 2017.
HELP! There lot of work to tidy up the estate.
We want to establish a green lawn barrier around the houses for fire control.
Fiona also especially needs help with housework, because of disk issues in her back.
We will also be renovating all the buildings, including building an outdoor BBQ and entertaining area.
We expect 25 hours help for 7 nights accommodation. Generally, it would be no more than 4-5 hours per day, but some days could be longer in exchange for extra days off. We love taking our visitors to our local beauty points and seeing them through new eyes.
SEPTEMBER 2019 UPDATE:
Housework (would love someone to help me do a big clean, vacuum behind cupboards etc)
Install Cornice and a small amount of painting in bathroom
Installation of Pressed Tin panels and wallpaper in bathroom
Bathroom... remove bath and tile floor for walk in shower area
English,. Very small amount of French and German (early high school)
Accommodation for volunteers is in a large 10m caravan, which has a double bed and 2 bunks, as well as a small kitchenette (fridge, kettle and toaster). The van has a camping toilet and hot and cold water for the sink.
Access to an outdoor bathroom and flush toilet is available, and whenever the holiday cottage is empty, that bathroom can be used too.
We presently use this outdoor bathroom ourselves while renovating our house. It has a lovely view of the bush opposite the river. We also sometimes have an outdoor spa available. Indoor bathroom in holiday cottage if it is not rented out.
We offer most lunches and dinners plus one breakfast/brunch per week for most visitors, although families would be expected to make some food contributions. We provide cereal, fruit and bread for breakfast in the caravan, but you would prepare your own breakfasts, as the caravan has its own kitchenette and fridge, and hopefully you would cook us a meal or two as part of a cultural exchange. I love cooking. We want to learn from you too. When we are out for the day, some contribution towards more expensive food would be appreciated.
Families would be expected to contribute towards additional food costs for children.
International Licenses ARE required for driving privileges within NSW at all times. Your home country license is not necessarily sufficient if not in English and will need an English Translation. Translation and/or International Drivers Licence should be arranged prior to travel. We are not able, for insurance reasons, to allow anyone under the age of 25 to drive our vehicles.
We are 50km to stunning beaches and whale watching in season (they start heading north in May-June, and are stunningly good heading south from September to November), and we are 145km to the snow in season, although sometimes you can build a snowman as close as 30km away. There are also a whale museum, the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, a wildlife sanctuary and a birdpark to visit.
We are on a highway that has a daily rail bus service to Canberra, which is 200km, with all the attractions of Australia's capital city. The Rail bus goes from Canberra to Eden, through Cooma, Bemboka and Bega. It also has connections to the Melbourne to Batemans Bay Rail Bus route. There are also buses from Sydney down the coast to Bega, which is 32km away. The nearest airport is Merimbula, which is 50km away.
We don't have children, but do have 8 indoor pedigree Ragdoll cats.
We have a STRICT no illicit drugs or plants policy.
We have tank water pumped straight from the crystal clear river.
We are an easy 2km walk from the nearest shop, cafes, bakery post office and hotel. The use of bicycles may be arranged. Over 25's may be able to borrow a car for local errands - valid licence needed.
The village population is about 300 people.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 20-25 hours per week