Enjoy a Quiet country lifestyle and yet close to Melbourne, Australia



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  • Description


    We're an easy going family 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. There's lots of space to park your car or caravan, and the house is large and comfortable.

    Ian (father) owns his own business and works in Fitzroy. Kellie (mother) works and studies from home. Youngest son (18) lives at home and studies digital media. Son (25) and daughter daughter (23) live away from home but visit regularly.

    We love animals and have three dogs, two cats and 12 horses. Our daughter's 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 them all. Mum helps, but there is always lots to do!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We often have different projects on the go, from painting fences, pruning trees, mowing, building horse shelters...there's always something varied to do! One thing that we need help with on a regular basis is looking after our horses. Things like filling up water troughs, mucking out three stables, putting out feed, putting rugs on and off, and leading them to and from paddocks.

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Bedroom with double bed, or a king single, 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, for the summer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 :)

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • 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

    4 hours per day, with weekends free (unless otherwise arranged)

Host ref number: 625395734877