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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 two children, aged four and two.
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 have TV although I think it's only been turned on the day it was installed and never since. Our Internet connection is good.
There is a pool and even an outdoor spa if we have sufficient water.
We are 3.8km out of Nimbin so walking is certainly an option and hitching is quite usuual in the area. We will be more than willing to give you a lift whenever we are headed to town.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in 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 are looking at what is required to have other animals.
We are building a very large vegetable garden which is in the construction phase.
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.
There are so many projects we'd like help with it's hard to list them all.
From building our vegie garden to assisting renovation around the house as well as some house work and or cooking. Currently we need help with burning off our burn piles, moving fallen trees to burn and creating an outside area next to our house.
There are 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 two 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.
You can stay in a spare room in our house and share kitchen and bathroom facilities with us. The room has king and double beds.
If you prefer there is a small cabin that you can use instead. It is very very basic and we are looking to renovate it further but it provides accommodation separate from the main house should you want even more solitude. Be warned the roof does leak in heavy rain but not over the bed :).
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 you like.
Meals will be shared with the family and we would expect you would contribute to the cooking at least once a week. This can be negociated to suit.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week