We're an easy going family of five who live on a picturesque semi-rural property about 40 mins drive east of Melbourne. It's a tranquil place, up in the hills, so if you like peace and quiet and time to pursue your own projects, you'd enjoy it here.
We often have different projects on the go....at the moment we're painting fence the posts and preparing the property for bushfires. Other times it might be placing mulch around the plants, or building sheds...there's always something varied to do!
Ian (father) owns his own business and works in Fitzroy. Kellie (mother) works from home. Eldest son (25) studies psychology and eldest daughter's (22) great passion is horses. She trains horses in dressage for a living, but finds it a struggle to fit her university studies in with exercising and caring for all our horses. Mum helps, but there is always lots to do! Youngest son (18) studies art and digital media
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Travellers can practise their English (parent hosts are both university educated) and interact with an Aussie family. We can also help with setting up bank accounts and any other administrative things that need attending to.
Helpers can be shown how to use machinery (gator, ride on mower, whipper snipper etc.) and can be taken to local places of interest to experience something different from the city.
The food we prepare is a reflection of mutlicultural Australia - we love to eat a diverse range of cuisine and take pride in providing healthy and delicious meals.
We have an abundance of wildlife around our property, especially kangaroos, various types of birds and wombats.
We would like help with general garden maintenance (weeding, mowing, collecting sticks) and possibly some fencing.
There are also horses to care for (feed, water, clean out water troughs) and some odd jobs helping clean inside the house (cleaning windows, vacuuming, mopping). None of the jobs are difficult and we try to make tasks as varied as possible.
People who enjoy working outdoors or who have worked with horses before are very welcome, although if you're keen and have a positive attitude you're also most welcome!
Help is required for around 4 hours per day, 5 days per week.
Bedroom with double bed, or two singles, in a large, comfortable house. Helpers have their own separate lounge area where they can watch Netflix and Stan, a have a game of pool or use our treadmill. We also have a swimming pool, if you like water!
Our property is only a 10/15 minute drive to large shopping centres, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, transport etc.
When time permits we're happy to take you to local places, and if you want to go to Melbourne, our local train stations have regular trains travelling to and from Melbourne, from early in the morning to late at night. It generally takes 35 - 50 minutes, depending on whether the train is an express train or not. Most helpers tend to go to Melbourne on a Friday or Saturday to experience Melbourne night life, and return at their leisure. Ubers and taxis are available from the local train station for those that chose to party into the wee hours of the morning!
If you have (or can arrange) your own transport, our place is the perfect base to explore the the Yarra Valley, a picturesque area with charming wineries, restaurants and cafes We're also a short drive to the Dandenong Ranges - a must see for travellers to Victoria!
Please note that we aren't able to sign off on second year visas, nor can we offer horses to ride.
We are LGTBQI friendly and trust that you are too :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
4 hours per day, with weekends free (unless otherwise arranged)