Join us for simple living. Learn butchery, cheesemaking, hide tanning and help looking after all the animals on the far south coast of NSW, Australia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are a young couple who keep dairy goats on a small farm in the Bega Valley. We make cheese from the milk, do our own butchery and slaughter, make haggis from the offal and tan the hides. Our farm is 24 acres, about half pasture and half woodland. There are also a couple hundred fruiting trees here: apple, pear, quince, plum, apricot, olive, carob, mulberry, fig, citrus and others. We keep a small garden and some chickens. We are most inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming.

    We can teach goat husbandry, cheesemaking, butchery, meat preservation, tanning, soap making, spinning, weaving, knitting, scything, knife sharpening, piano, and plant and animal breeding.

    Living here at the moment are two (sometimes three) humans, nine milking does (Anglo Nubians and Toggenburgs), two bucks, a dozen kids, ten chickens, two cats and a dog. We are both quite social and we have a lovely local community.

    Every now and then we kill and butcher our own animals. We like to use every part of the animal and celebrate their life. We are adventurous offal-eaters, and we tan the hides and make soap from the fat.

    Living is simple here. There is no conventional house, but there is an undercover outdoor kitchen. There are three small cabins and a large tent for accommodation. We have no running hot water, we cook mostly with fire, bathing is with a bucket and flannel, we use a compost loo, and there is no heating. We favour simple technology in our life (we sold our tractor and have no intention of buying a chainsaw).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Animal Care

  • 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 are very interested in traditional crafts and can share what we have learnt about things like tanning hides, making soap, scything, spinning wool etc.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We need help looking after all the animals - milking and feeding the goats and moving their electric fencing every 1-3 days. There are plenty of jobs to do in the orchard and garden - pruning, scything, sowing seeds, making new beds etc. There is cleaning up to do around the property from previous owners, and repair work to infrastructure and fencing. We also would love a hand in the kitchen with cooking and washing up; one of us has ongoing wrist injuries that make such things difficult.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation for one in a small, cosy cabin. Bathroom facilities are shared - there is an outdoor compost loo and a separate cabin for washing in. Please note the living situation is simple. There is no shower and no running hot water. The cabin does have electricity. There is also a large tent for accommodation.

    Kitchen is semi-outdoors, just a roof between two cabins. Cooking and meals are shared and we cook on fire.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The local area is absolutely beautiful and there is plenty to see and do. Beaches are 30 mins away. Nearest town is Cobargo. There is some public transport although not very frequent.

    The only internet access is via a phone with a hotspot, so if you can't use your own phone we can only offer you very limited internet use.

    It is difficult for us to accommodate strict vegetarians. We do not eat a lot of meat, but we use our own lard for cooking and often add small amounts of preserved meat to meals. All meat is either from our own property and killed by us or from friends' with similar ethics.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 632182557127