Help with our dogs and development of a productive garden, Bellarine Peninsula, Australia.



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    Thanks for your interest in our program - please check our calendar before sending an email as we are often fully booked. We have recently moved to the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria and have had our first workawayers down South so to speak. While much of the feedback you might read about our program relates to when we lived in Brisbane and were very conveniently located close to Brisbane CBD, we have had volunteers stay recently that have been equally happy with our setup and opportunity which is in Victoria, rural and coastal. We (Peter and Tracey) make an effort to assist with transport where we can so that you can explore a little in your off time and there is loads to do if you have the motivation.

    We have a 5 acre property about 20 minutes east of Geelong and currently there is a mid century , 4 bedroom home on the property and a tennis court. We have recently renovated the guest wing so you have your own private bedroom with beautiful views and a private bathroom. Our orchard is in its infancy but our family lives locally and so we have access to seasonal home grown produce.

    Our volunteering is flexible and we try and make sure your time is spent productively but also allows time off for you to explore the area. In the Summer starts are early to avoid the heat so if you are not early risers (or happy to be temporarily) then this might not be the workaway experience for you. You can expect to help up to 5 hours a day though at times, we work short days / encourage time off so you can explore the local area. In my spare time, I am a nurse and a breeder of Australian Labradoodles so we will also need help with our dog breeding program when we have puppies. We welcome enthusiastic volunteers who might want to spend some quality time in the outdoors, who are not afraid to get their hands dirty and want to help rear our puppies. We also have a clutch of chickens who like to free range and keep us in supply of yummy eggs.

    Slowly we are landscaping the gardens and have a small productive garden. Other tasks on the "to do" list are weeding, planting, landscaping and general property maintenance. If you have specific handyman/ woman skills or e-publishing skills please let us know.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Over the years we have been involved with Workaway our volunteers have learnt lots about dogs, dog training and the importance of early puppy socialisation. They have expanded their appreciation of the time and effort that goes into a quality dog breeding program and some have even seen puppies being born - we don't promise that experience though :) In general we feel people share good food and conversation and heaps of puppy cuddles - many people miss their own dogs when they are travelling and we are happy to share ours with you!

  • Help


    Help ranges from
    - Gardening: yard maintenance, working the compost heaps, planting seasonal productive gardens
    - Property maintenance: assistance with general rural maintenance tasks (fence work, collection of firewood)
    - Dog breeding program: general caring for our dogs and newborn puppies, walking dogs, socialising puppies, cleaning our puppy areas.

    You can also assist with photography, website stuff and general household cleaning / cooking.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a spare room in our home and guest bathroom. We are 20 min drive from Geelong and about 4km from local shopping precinct. There is a regular bus service that runs past the door and the train from Melbourne to Geelong is frequent - we are happy to collect you from the train.
    There is plenty to do in your off time, especially if you have your own transport. If you don't, there are some good walking tracks, interesting towns on the bus route or within cycling distance. Beaches are plentiful - access to the surf coast, Bellarine Rail Trail, wineries (there is one across the road!!), maritime museum and marine centre (Queenscliff) ...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers need to be self motivated once they have been shown what is required and be mature and responsible in the care of young animals.
    Our Labradoodles are non-shedding however as we have other pets, this help is not suitable for people who have allergies to animals, especially pet hair. Nor is it a task suitable for people who are timid or afraid of dogs.
    Our home is a non-smoking home and my partner and I generally appreciate some time to ourselves on the weekend as Peter works in Melbourne during the week.... our house easily accommodates that with 2 sitting areas.
    For meals, volunteers are welcome (and encouraged) to share the cooking. Basic breakfast, tea and coffee is always available and we have a well stocked pantry. Happy to accommodate vegetarians or those with specific dietary needs.

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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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Variable - will negotiate with volunteers based on interests and experience 25 hours per week max

Host ref number: 571242869756