Come and help on our hobby farm and spend time with our home-educated kids in Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia



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  • Description


    We are a family with currently 4 children living at home, they are aged 18, 16, 13and 11. Our children are home educated so are home all day and would enjoy the opportunity to spend some time with you. We have a small hobby farm (2 hectares) and have sheep, 5 miniature goats and 6 new goat kids! Super cute they are! We also have ducks sitting on a clutch of eggs, chickens, 2 dogs and a cat. We try to grow as much of our own food as possible meaning the garden is important to us, we do mulch it to minimise weeding. We are interested in permaculture so if you have skills in that area we would be especially interested to host you.

    Our farm is located just outside of Sheffield which is known as The Town of Murals and is close to Mount Roland. The town has cafes, a working art space, supermarket, post office, pub, churches etc. And a bus service runs between here and Devonport 3 times per day.

    This area is great for those wishing to walk in the Australian bush, go fishing or do mountain bike riding. We are an hour from World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain.

    We love meeting people from other cultures and sharing lives with them. This is also a great experience for our children who enjoy learning a few words from other languages.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    We hope travellers would enjoy the opportunity to live with an Australian family and enjoy country living for a while. When possible we like to take guests to Cradle Mountain or on other outings as we have time. Our children do enjoy learning new words from our guests as well as learning new games and trying different food. The children will also love to teach you their favourite games. We are a 3 minute drive from Sheffield, a lovely little town to walk around and enjoy the murals or coffee shops. A bus travels from Sheffield to Railton, Latrobe and Devonport three times per day adding to your sight seeing opportunities.

  • Help


    We are looking for people willing to help in the garden which I try to keep well mulched to suppress weeds, aid in water retention and to add organic matter back to the soil but still there is always some weeding, watering planting and harvesting to be done.

    We enjoy guests who help out in the kitchen with meal prep and clean up. If you love to cook we'd love to have you😊. There maybe be additional house work I'd like a hand with at times.

    Other farm related jobs depending what is happening at the time include firewood stacking and cutting, help with the animals, or you might like to try milking our house cow. We really are looking for people who are willing to have a go at whatever work needs to be done at the time.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own room with internet connection and a shared bathroom. We will enjoy sharing meals with you around our kitchen table, you will be accepted as part of the family.

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    What else ...

    We have enjoyed hosting many backpackers over the years and maintain good contact with some of those, we do love it when a short stay develops into a life long friendship.

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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.

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day,

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