We live on 36 beautiful acres 5 minutes from the iconic village of Nimbin in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
We are escapees from the rat race that is Sydney. We moved to live surrounded by nature and to have some space to raise our children.
Bart works from home and Cat is a full time mum to our three children, aged five, three and four months.
There are many interesting and unusual subtropical fruit and nut trees scattered all around our place. In fact we haven't found them all yet.
We are into healthy eating although we do have the odd relapse now and then. We are not vegetarian but can accommodate vegetarians. We are unable to cook for vegans, we have tried previously and it has not worked out well. If you are vegan we would be happy to provide food but you would need to cook for yourself. We don't have TV although we do have netflix. Our Internet connection is good.
There is a pool and even an outdoor spa if we have sufficient water. We also have a large dam great for swimming. We are 3.8km out of Nimbin so walking is certainly an option and hitching is quite usual in the area. There is also a bike if you like to ride. We will be more than willing to give you a lift whenever we are headed to town.
There is abundant bird life, wallabies in the back paddock and there are echidnas but they are very shy. Bandicoots and possums are out at night and are harder to spot.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Come and experience the Australian bush in our subtropical paradise. You will have the opportunity to be part of our family while you stay and be involved in day to day life.
We are very interested in permaculture and are slowly applying permaculture principles to our land. This is a long and ongoing project that will take many years.
We have chooks and our first two cows and a calf.We have recently finished a large vegetable garden. Nimbin holds it's Mardigrass festival in May .
You will also have ample opportunity to explore the local region with it's array of market days and it's colourful locals.
The city of Lismore is 30 minutes drive away and the coast with it's beautiful beaches only an hour. The famous Byron bay is just over an hours drive.
There are many great swimming holes and waterfalls in the local area that you can visit in your spare time.
If you are staying in Byron Bay there is the "grass hoppers" bus that runs daily from Byron to Nimbin for $20. There are also other bus options running from Lismore and Murwillumbah as well as the Gold coast. Of course we are happy to pick you up from Nimbin.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
There are so many projects we'd like help with it's hard to list them all.
Land care, helping with irrigation installation to assisting renovation around the house as well as some house work and or cooking. Currently we need help with clearing, gardening, looking after animals. .
There are cows and chooks to feed, their pen to improve, animal systems to develop, paddocks to mow, building work on our cabin, concreting of paths, the list goes on.
Entertaining our children is also something we are always willing to accept help with.
There are so many projects we are sure to be able to find something that suits your skills and interests.
We have a caravan for you to stay in. It is an 8m long van and is quite nice. We have only recently got it so it isn't fully decked out yet with furnature but we are working on it. It provides a nice private spot for you to chill out in.
You will share kitchen and bathroom facilities in the main house.
Of course there is also the option for you to pitch your own tent anywhere you like on our land if that is more your thing. We can also provide a tent if that helps.
Breakfast and lunch is help yourself from food we provide. Evening meals are shared with the family and we expect you contribute to either the cooking or cleaning up at the evening meal.
Also although we normaly cator for vegetarians we would find it a bit harder than normal at the moment. This means if you are vegetarian you would need to do most of your cooking yourself with food we provide.
We have young kids so things are pretty crazy almost all the time. You would need to be comfortable with this. They can be pretty feisty.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
WIFI is good although no dedicated office space to use. Plenty of places to hang out.
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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