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.
Help with Eco Projects
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.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
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.
No problem parking a vehicle large or small.
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.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week