Escape to the beautiful Sapphire Coast and help on our 7 acres in New South Wales, Australia

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are a Christian husband and wife team, in our 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, and adjoining a local Landcare area.
    We had fun hosting and learning from travellers and enjoy seeing our valley with new eyes, and look forward to the return of international visitors.

    Our accommodation would really suit a couple or 2-3 friends, so you have company in the 3 bedroom cottage, but we are happy to have singles who appreciate some alone time as well as sharing time with us.

    While enquiries are welcome, we will not book anyone in who is not already in Australia. It would be helpful when enquiring if you could tell us if you are travelling on a Tourist Visa or WHV.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Stunning NSW Sapphire Coast Rural Area - a true gem. Wonderful whalewatching nearby in late Winter-Spring. Seals, rays and snorkelling year-round.
    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. Fiona loves cooking and sharing new and old recipes. It t is her happy place, and learning 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 and meals when out.
    We have kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, bandicoots, possums, antechinus, echidnas and platypus in the wild, and in our garden or river, sometime some are either in or under the cottages! 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.
    WE WILL BE ABIDING BY ALL COVID-19 RULES, there is sufficient outdoor space to exercise, be away from others, and our village is a really great place to be to minimise crowd exposure. The cottage is self-contained, and although we do prefer fully vaccinated, unvaccinated/single jab is ok.

  • Help


    We own a 7 acre property with 3 cottages and 4 other buildings.

    HELP! Gardeners, Cat Lovers, Cleaners, Handyman (or woman)!
    There are lot of chores to tidy up the properties, indoors and out.
    Lawns need mowing and trees need trimming.
    Fiona also especially needs help with housework, because of disk issues in her back.
    We are slowly renovating most of the buildings, including building an outdoor BBQ and entertaining area. One building will gradually be dismantled to reuse repairing the others with recycled materials.
    We expect 20-25 hours help for 7 nights accommodation. Generally, it would be no more than 4 hours at a time, but some days could be longer in exchange for extra days off.
    Or less work if you pay a small rent while you have paid work in the area. We are in Postcode 2550, so are in an area of regional Australia for 88 day extensions for plant and animal cultivation and construction jobs, but we don't offer 88-day sign off ourselves.

    It would be great to do 3-ish days of intensive work, leaving you the rest of the week for yourselves, skiing, swimming, other work etc. Or a couple of hours each morning plus a weekend day with Scott.
    We love taking our visitors to our local beauty points and seeing them through new

    Ride-on Lawnmowing
    Housework - ongoing, as vacuuming and mopping are difficult for me, and we have 5 long-haired cats.
    Cleaning cat cupboards, bowls and trays
    Weeding, whipper-snipping and push lawnmowing

    Renovation Projects...
    Help relocate and install a verandah
    Painting doors
    Cleaning and playing "Tetris" with granite pieces to create a hallway floor.

    Garden projects...
    Tree Trimming - removing cotoneaster and cutting low-hanging branches, stacking offcuts and rubbish in a trailer for rubbish removal
    Pruning off lower fruit tree branches
    Weeding - We try to minimise chemical use, so some hand-pulling of rall woody weeds.
    Splitting logs to make post and rail fence
    Making a a stream from the verandah to the pond and paving an outdoor seating area and forming up and concreting some steps.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Fiona is beginner-intermediate French and would like to improve.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation for WHMs is in a separate 3 bedroom holiday cottage on the property. Wood fire, plus heaters and electric blankets to be cosy in winter. Fans for summer. Wifi access.
    We would share several meals together, mostly lunches, plus 3-4 dinners each week, and Sunday Brunch, but you also have some "you" time and we provide food for you to cook for yourselves when we aren't eating together.
    We follow a Covid-safety guidelines
    Families would be expected to contribute towards additional food costs for children.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are just 50km (35 minute drive) 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 (2 hours) to the snow in season, although sometimes you can build a snowman as close as 30km away. There are also a large number of indoor attractions
    including a whale museum, Bega Cheese Heritage Museum and Craft Co-op, Bega Museum, Pambula Museum, and Potoroo Palace native wildlife sanctuary and Panboola Wetlands area to visit. Coastal and mountain National Parks nearby.
    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 have tank water pumped straight from the crystal clear river, and bottled water available on request for drinking and cooking.
    We don't have children, but do have 5 indoor pedigree Ragdoll cats.
    We are an easy 2km walk from the nearest bakery, post office and hotel. The use of bicycles may be arranged.
    The village population is about 400 people.

    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 have a STRICT no illicit drugs or plants policy.

    We are unable to sponsor people who do not have visas in place already and we only book visitors in once they are in Australia, although we happily answer questions before you get here.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have Fixed Wireless NBN access with unlimited use. Usually good enough for streaming.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have 5 acres, with driveway access to external 15amp power at our house, not the cottage.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    20-25 hours per week for free accommodation and food

Host ref number: 452555881277

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