General help on our 12 acre property in Victoria, Australia

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    *** At the moment we are still completing renovations the second house and need people who would be happy painting and as it's Spring we need people who like gardening too :)

    We moved from Melbourne to a 12 acre property in South West Gippsland five years ago. Our location is atop a spur overlooking the Moyarra valley with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. It’s beautiful but there is a lot to do!
    The property suffered from about 20 years of neglect and we are working on a wide range of ongoing projects including the renovation and restoration of two houses, garden design and construction, farm fencing and machinery housing. Daily work includes cooking, cleaning of house and animal enclosures, weeding and general maintenance.
    We have a growing menagerie which includes chickens, guinea fowl, a peacock, miniature goats, highland cattle, bees, livestock guardian dogs as well as a domestic cat and large parrots. The parrots are a big part of everyday life here and guests have the opportunity to interact and learn how to work with them if they wish. There is also animal grooming to be done.
    In our mid fifties with no children we have worked in a range of industries including music, sound engineering, IT project management, teaching and running a fresh produce company. We have both travelled widely and enjoy the opportunity to share our experiences and learn from others.
    Cooking, bread making, entertaining and listening to music are things we really enjoy and we love to learn more about cuisines and customs from around the world. We have a meat based diet and do our best to ensure that our food is ethically raised and processed. We try to eat seasonally and locally as much as possible. Growing all our own fresh produce is the ultimate plan.
    Special dietary requests (vegetarian/vegan/coeliac/lactose free etc) can be catered for but please make sure you address this in your initial message to us even if it’s in your profile.
    We are respectful of our workaway guests and expect the same in return. This extends to how you treat our facilities, equipment, machinery and animals.

    Accommodation may be offered in either house but all meals are served in the main house where we live. We eat very well and the kitchen is very well equipped, including a cafe quality coffee machine. Cooking, meal preparation and cleaning tasks are shared with our guests.
    Both houses have full, unlimited internet access so if you need to work online it’s possible.
    Workaway work is usually 25 hours per week. Days and times can be flexible.
    All workawayers must have valid travel insurance in case of accidents. No heavy smokers please.

    Our property is quite isolated and not serviced by public transport. We visit the local towns quite regularly and you are welcome to come along but it is important that you are happy to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A drivers licence is an advantage here.
    The holiday town of Inverloch is about 20 mins away with swimming and surf beaches on offer and there are a number of bushwalking trails as well as the Great Southern Rail Trail. We are about fifty minutes drive from Phillip Island and about 90 mins drive from Wilsons Prom. There are also lots of cafes to visit as well as a local brewery and several distilleries.
    Please read our reviews before sending a message.

    Al & Karen

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    We have both travelled extensively and been closely involved in community arts and social organisations. Our property offers a chance to learn about sustainable hobby farming, cattle, chickens, parrots behaviour and training, bee keeping, cooking and local food and wine. There is also opportunity to meet a range of people including local farmers, brewers, artists and musicians.
    Karen does a lot of volunteer work so there is also the opportunity to help out with some of those projects too.

  • Help


    We are looking to find people to help with a range of tasks around the farm as well as assist in setting up the gardens and building works. There is also general property maintenance, cleaning, cooking and animal care to be done on a daily basis.
    No specific experience required but you must be willing and able to follow instructions and be respectful of all tools and machinery for your safety and ours.
    Good communication skills are an advantage.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Depending upon how many we have staying we have a guest room with QS bed and own bathroom in the main house and two bedrooms (DB & QS) with a shared bathroom in the second house on the property.
    The second house on the property is currently undergoing renovation so is part accommodation (upstairs) and part building site (downstairs).
    Full unlimited broadband connected to both houses
    Air-conditioning/heating in both houses.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Gippsland has a wide range of activities and sights including beaches, cafes, wineries, bushwalking, surfing...
    Own transport may be an advantage but not essential as we can assist. Kayaks are also available for anyone interested in exploring the coastal inlet nearby.
    Non smoking household and we would prefer no heavy smokers.
    Whilst we have a meat based diet we are happy to accommodate vegetarian/vegan choices.
    Guests will need to be ok with large parrots who are part of the family as well as our livestock guardian dogs.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Unlimited broadband available throughout the house and in the guest room. A number of different work spaces available.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have capacity for travellers with their own accommodation but it can be very weather dependant. Send us a message if you are interested and we can let you know.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours / week, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 582123739433

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Accuracy of profile: (4.9)

Cultural exchange: (4.9)

Communication: (5.0)

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