we are a couple (artist and writer) living on five acres between forests, an hour and a half north of Newcastle, two and a half hours north of Sydney ... we are establishing a small scale non-profit residency for artists/writers/musicians and need help with setting up and with gardens and maintenance
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
our place is a learning experience, both in terms of art practice and in terms of being in the Australian bush, understanding flora, fauna, climate, sky... we are both experienced teachers who have lived overseas for many years... we have an extensive library and a range of activities here
gardening, maintenance, cleaning, cultural activity, language teaching
Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner
we have two tiny houses for our residency (tiny, suitable for one person or a couple; and tinier, suitable for a single person)... essentially the accommodation we are offering is camping (or glamping) style - with indoor/outdoor kitchen/lounge and outdoor bathroom and toilet ... we have a pool for the hot weather ... so people staying can be relatively independent (with their own kitchen and facilities, at a little distance from our house
There are buses to the nearby town (9kms away). There is also a school bus that stops at the property in the mornings and goes into the town. The nearest airport and train station are in Newcastle, approximately one and a quarter hours south. It is much easier to be here with a car however.
In terms of seasons, our winters (June to August) are generally mild (5°C to 20°C), with a few frosts, but our summers can have very hot periods (heatwaves with temperatures into the 40s°C). The nearby Myall Lakes comprise the largest system of lakes on the east coast of Australia. Between the coasts, lakes and forests there is plenty of potential for exploring the natural environment. Bird life in the district is particularly of interest, with a number of ponds to watch.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week