Join our family at our horse farm near Pakenham, Australia

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  • Last activity: 29/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    Volunteers helping on a horse farm. We mainly have Thoroughbred horses which we break in, pre-train, train for racing and we also have some retired racehorses, which are used for riding lessons, eventing and showjumping. We are located on 60 acres, 15 minutes from Pakenham.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will provide all your meals & Wi-Fi. We're also happy if you'd like to cook and share some of your culture with us. If you're not cooking, we always appreciate help cleaning up afterwards.

    We have had a number of backpackers with us over the years and many we are still in touch with today (happy to provide references).

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Plenty of opportunities to ride (if you can already). If not, there are plenty of other tasks to do around the farm such as:
    Feeding/Watering horses
    Mucking out stables
    Helping build/repair/paint fences
    Gardening/Ride on lawn mower
    Help with construction tasks
    Cleaning (House, vehicles, horse gear etc)
    Household duties

    Help is five days a week, two clear days off. We are always renovating something and would love a hand with that if you are interested in building, painting etc.

    We look forward to hearing from you & look forward to meeting soon. Please note, helping us does NOT count towards a second-year visa extension, nor is it paid work.

    Minimum stay is 3 weeks - please do not apply unless you plan to stay for at least this length of time. We are non-smokers and prefer our Workaway helpers to also be non-smokers. If you have any dietary requirements, please notify us in your application. We have had many vegetarians with us over the years and can accomodate this, however we cannot accomodate Vegans (unless you are willing to cook all of your own meals).

    If you are travelling to Victoria and want to arrange your position ahead of time, we can do that, so let us know when you will be here and we can advise if we have a position available.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Separate accommodation next to main house. The Barn (as it is known) is a separate cottage with 2 bedrooms upstairs. One bedroom has a Queen size bed and the other bedroom (possibly shared) has 2 single beds. There is space to store your clothes (drawers, cupboards etc). The Barn has been recently renovated and has its own bathroom, wood fire & kitchen. Upstairs there is an electric heater & ceiling fans.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Gippsland has some gorgeous areas to see & enjoy – we are about 1 hour from Phillip Island (see the Penguin Parade), 1 hour from Healesville Sanctuary (see native Australian animals), 1.5 hours from Mt Baw Baw (go skiing in Winter), 1 hour from lovely beaches, 1 hour from Melbourne, 1 hour from Walhalla (historic township). We're also right next to the Bunyip State Forest so you can go on bushwalks, riding or borrow our mountain bikes to explore. The walk at Mt Cannibal (around 10-minute drive) is also worthwhile.

    To get here, the nearest train stations are Pakenham (Metro) or Nar Nar Goon (Vline). We can pick you up at either. If you're wanting to go into the city on your days off, we can drop you at the station.

    We love having people stay with us who have a positive, can-do attitude and like experiencing new things. We love sharing meals at night and often playing a game or two together in the evenings. We love good quality, healthy food.

  • 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

    Any size van is welcome

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 days/week, 2 days off

Host ref number: 627813944744

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