Help support an elderly person and maintain an urban permaculture house in Falcon, near Perth, Australia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Falcon is a suburb of Mandurah situated 80 kms from Perth. The urban home is less than 500 metres walk (250 direct) to the beach. It is an old beach suburb with large house blocks and large trees so you can hear the birds. The Peel region offers great nature areas short drives away including the Lane Pool Reserve in the Dwellingup Forest. (Treetop adventures, Zip lining, river tranquility etc). Although Mandurah is a city it still resembles a country town in some ways. The waterways are unique.

    If you would like to enjoy the beginning of Spring between the beach and the RAMSAY listed Peel Estuary (bird life, hides, dolphins, kayak paddling) with modern comfort for work exchange this might be for you. Spend the mornings before the sea breeze exploring the aqua blue bays and coastal reef areas. Surfing, swimming, snorkelling and fishing are popular here. Work times can be flexible and work around the weather and enjoyment of life.

    My mother is a fairly fit 91 year old with some memory loss. She loves doing craft, playing scrabble, cuddling her poodle and going for walks in nature. She prefers someone else to cook her main meal but can still take care of her own needs.

    Hopefully the garden will only need a bit of nurturing but if you are keen to learn or practice permaculture methods there is always plenty to do. I have a few projects lined up including a wetland area adjoining the pond.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Permaculture - Join me as I experiment with all things Permaculture in an urban environment. I have converted my mother's place to an edible forest (an ongoing process).

    Surf culture - I surf on a stand up paddle and love the beach.

    Environmental volunteer - I am involved with environmental groups and clean-ups of the coast. I am currently offering "Connecting with Nature in nature" workshops.

  • Help


    Any or all of the list will be required over a few months.

    Garden - permaculture principles preferred but not essential. Will be removing Buffalo grass, or layering over to create gardens, creating compost piles, raising seedlings, erect wicking beds (either convert IBC's or make), planting fruit trees etc

    House - painting, renovate bathrooms, remove some floor tiles and replace with timber like tiles/planks, general tidy up and bring to life - bring joy and happiness.

    Structural - Under the guidance of licensed builder (or if you have license in Australia) remove section of roof over carport and convert northern aspect of house to solar passive (add windows).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Double bedroom with ensuite shower (toilet in adjoining garage) . Microwave and bar fridge for your private food needs is also in the large garage. Adjoining sitting room has a desk for a laptop. My mother uses the main bathroom and toilet and I have an upstairs 'parent retreat'. I will be away some of the time.
    The work exchange can include meals. I am open to discussing this.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our place is walking distance to beach, a sports oval, tennis courts, & is a longer walk or cycling distance to cafes, shops, surf breaks and family recreation area beach (Falcon). The RAMSAY listed estuary has many walking trails & many allow bicycles. The bus goes down our street and connects to the train station connecting you to Perth.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Prefer 3 hours per day/evening 5 days a week but flexible - at least 5 days.

Host ref number: 622543317492