Experience Australian wildlife up close while helping with permaculture, gardening and bush regeneration



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    Our 20 acre property is at the beginning of the Hunter Valley just 15 minutes from the Sydney-Newcastle railway. We will pick up and drop off at the station.

    We moved here from Sydney 7 years ago for a "tree change" and absolutely love it. We have pasture and a beautiful rainforest gully which we are regenerating (it was full of weeds), two horses, a miniature pony, chickens and a dog. We are husband Phil, wife José and adult daughter Helen. Horse riding is our passion and we regularly go to competitions.

    We have inherited permaculture features, plants and trees and want to do more (swales, food forest etc) . We grow vegetables and have fruit and nut trees. We are learning about regenerative farming to improve the pasture and capture water. The property backs onto a native conservation area/forest with many delightful, well marked bushwalks. There is an abundance of birds and wildlife; kangaroos and wallabies, frogs and insects. There are wombats too but we have only ever seen them via a wildlife camera.

    We run an equestrian mapping software business from home. For overseas visitors, we would love to practise our languages and perhaps give you a break from speaking English all the time which can be tiring. We have a spare, very comfortable double room in an annexe to our country house. There is room to park a van, caravan etc. While we don't play musical instruments ourselves we love to listen, so musicians are very welcome. We love cooking all different styles, family meals and are keen to learn new recipes from all over the world.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience the australian bush and its beautiful animals, plants, birds and insects first hand. Learn about permaculture, bush regeneration and regenerative farming. Enjoy home cooking (meat eaters and vegetarians welcome). Visit the wine region of the Hunter Valley and cultural centre of Newcastle. Learn how to look after horses and chickens (collect the eggs!). One of our horses is suitable for beginners to ride. We would love to have the chance to practise our languages and give you a break from speaking English all the time.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Mainly gardening and weeding of paddocks and bush area. No prior experience necessary but be aware it is physical. Fixing things (mechanical, building, carpentry). Digging. Picking fruit and nuts. The dog is always keen for a walk!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Korean: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I studied German and French at university but am quite rusty. We lived in the Netherlands for 5 years.

  • Accommodation


    A very comfortable double room in an annexe to a simple country house. Shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. Meals provided - meat or vegetarian. We are keen and adventurous cooks. You are very welcome to cook too.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visit the vineyards, Newcastle which is New South Wales' second city. Beaches, bush walks. We are 15 minutes from the Sydney to Newcastle railway and happy to drop off/pick up.

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    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 run a software business from home. The internet is adequate but not very fast (typical rural connection). You can zoom etc. We have good Telstra mobile reception but other telcos have no coverage. There is a cosy desk for you to work at.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    No problem parking a vehicle large or small.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    A well behaved dog would be welcome - but we'd have to assess what it is was like around horses and chickens. We don't know how our dog would respond to a cat.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 561656342725