Family of three living in a Blustone cottage in a small village just one hour from Melbourne CBD needs help in the garden!



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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    We are a family with one eleven-year-old daughter and we live in a historic bluestone cottage in the gorgeous village of MALMSBURY just 1 HOUR from Melbourne on the train. Our daughter goes to school next door and Andy makes harps and marimbas and Polly conducts choirs and teaches music at a local school and singing. We are so busy making music, we sometimes neglect our garden and would love to offer 4 hours per day of light gardening work for board and food and sharing the music if you play an instrument or sing. We love music from all around the globe and have spent time studying Latin American music, African music, and Celtic music. We have a lovely old rambling garden with a 100-year-old oak tree. Your accommodation is your own caravan in our garden complete with retro lino, a small fridge, cooker, and a red polka dot doona! would have your own toilet in the shed but need to share the bath and shower. We do request that you stay a minimum of 5 days but can stay longer if it's working out.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As we are full time musicians, we can share our music and help traveling musicians to get to know the Australian Folk music scene. The village where where we live is small but has three great cafes, antique shops, a bakery, gallery and an aussie pub, (all walking distance), a train to Melbourne (10 minutes walk from our house) and is very close to the Macedon Ranges bike and walking trails, Hanging Rock and also the Central Goldfields. We have traveled to South America, U.S and Canada as a family and enjoy meeting and sharing our lives with people. Our daughter Sylvie plays the violin, ukulele and his super keen about circus and I love a good honest chat about life, the universe and all that matters.....Andy loves playing music with absolutely anyone and he is one of Australia's predominant folk harp makers and players.

  • Help


    Our garden needs some TLC...mulching, weeding, trimming and if you have any landscaping or veggie gardening experience that could be very much appreciated. We also have an old picket fence that needs repairing.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Think funky retro, (and clean) caravan (wind up campervan/caravan) in old rambling garden. It is a good size with two double beds, a fridge, gas cooker, table and power...(the wifi may stretch to the caravan but you could definitely have access to the wifi from our house). You would have your own toilet in the shed but share our bathroom. We have cockatoos, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets that regularly visit our garden so you would be seeing and hearing Australian native birds. We generally cook a lot of vegetarian meals but do eat meat also, although we are not master chef cooks, the food is always fresh vegetables and home cooked meals (we don't eat much processed or frozen meals), Taco's on Tuesdays has become a regular and we love a good stir fry packed with fresh veggie's. You will also be able to do your own cooking if you wish.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On your time of you could visit Castlemaine, Bendigo, Mt Macedon or head back into the city on the country VLine trains. There is a lovely Botanical gardens 5 minutes walk from our house and a local swimming hole if it's hot. Kyneton is also close by and has many cafes, shops and a museum and walking trails.

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Malmsbury Train Station
Malmsbury Viaduct, Malmsbury Botanical Gardens
Malmsbury Village
Accommodation: The jayco caravan
Accomodation: The jayco caravan
Accommodation: The jayco caravan
Andy, Sylvie, Polly
Accommodation: the jayco caravan
Our driveway: jayco caravan on the right
Accommodation: outside the jayco caravan
The front porch
Playing marimbas under the oak tree
The garden:mullberry tree and oak tree
Lillieville. Andy, Polly and Sylvies house.

Host ref number: 471365833675