My husband and I are retired from work and live full time on our 83 acre/34 hectare property about an hour's drive North East of Perth. We share our farm with a herd of llamas, a flock of stud Suffolk sheep, several German Shorthaired Pointer dogs, two pet emus, lots of wild kangaroos and about 60 species of wild birds. We grow organic vegetables and fruit as well as large numbers of trees. We've really loved hosting Workawayers from six different countries and they all seem to have enjoyed their stay with us, helping with shearing, lambing, training baby llamas and sheep, showing sheep, hosting llama agility events and llama walks, gardening, fencing and lots more. We offer a modern fully self contained cottage to stay in and the possibility of using a small car. We'll treat you like family and hope you'll feel the same way about us!
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
General help around the house and farm is the main thing. This entails animal feeding and maintenance, such as shearing, drenching and weighing, with the possibility of caring for the farm while we are away overnight. There is also weed and fallen timber control and cleaning out of barn and sheds. Depending on the season, we may have baby llamas, lambs or pups to be looked after. It would be nice to have some main meals prepared and have help with domestic cleaning and maintenance of our house and the cottage.
A fully equipped, modern, self contained two bedroom cottage, about 100 metres from the main house.
We are not on a public transport route but if needed can allow the use of a manually operated small car (Toyota Yaris). Volunteers need to be fairly strong and reasonably fit and not afraid of working with fairly large animals. My husband reads and understands German. We have travelled extensively and are interested in foreign cultures. We would be more than happy, on a limited basis, to show visitors around and help them with their English, if needed. There are some nice places to explore the bush close by and on our farm too. The Swan Valley is only 10 minutes down the road and central Perth a half hour's train ride from Midland. We can take and pick up people to and from bus and train stations and most of the time are able to take people to various local attractions including a very nice wildlife park where you can interact with koalas and kangaroos.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4 to 5 hours maximum 5 days a week.