We are a couple with two dogs and chooks living on an acre on the outskirts of the coastal surfing town of Torquay. We are into recycling, music, sustainable gardening and cooking.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
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Learn about applying permaculture to a small property and living a sustainable lifestyle with organic food and cooking. I'm a landscape architect so I have an interest in a range of environmental and social issues, and teach at the local university. Leanne's interests are in healthy diets, organic growing and social welfare.
During the footy season you can join us for a game of AFL football (if you go for the Geelong Cats!).. see attached photo.
We are into music (ukelele, mandolin, guitar, melodica..) and play community music with SCOTSO the Surf Coast Old Time Street Orchestra, Bellbrae Ukelele Group jams (BUGJam), and other music jams and regular dinner parties with family and friends. Our house is perfect for occasional house concerts too.
Work hours are flexible because I work from home a lot, and as a starting arrangement suggest doing 4-5 hours work in the morning starting around 8am so you have the afternoons free. If you want to take advantage of the beautiful still mornings on the beach (afternoons in summer can be a bit windy) then we can accomodate that too.
Gardening and looking after the orchard, keeping the roadside stall stocked with garden produce and kitchen products, building, and having fun.
Previous Workawayers have built fences, gates, art projects, small constructions, gardens, made apple cider, jams, passata and so on. We are keen to get people involved in whatever projects we are doing, including the skills and passions of our visitors. In fact we welcome your ideas and experience as a key part of the creation adventure!
We will be doing some house renovations over the next few months, so building skills would be specially valuable.
On top of the 4-5 hours work, we would expect that Workawayers would participate in the general chores of running a busy household and would contribute to preparing shared meals, cleaning up after ourselves and so on.
Sunny room in the house with a double bed, shared bathroom.
We cook together or take turns sharing food ideas. We really enjoy food and grow much of our produce from the big organic garden
Over winter we enjoy the wood fire and mulled apple cider, and we regularly go to the pool for a saunas and spa and you could join us for a small fee, and of course there is the beach!
Over the next few months we will be doing some renovations to the house, and may be updating the accommodation with perhaps a caravan, or even yurt or treehouse!
We have two very friendly dogs (Ollie and Riley) and 6-7 chickens (at the moment), plus becuase we are in the bush we get lots of visiting native birds - Superb Blue Wrens, Kookaburras, Parrots, Ravens and Currawongs all are regular visitors.
A special space at our place is the balinese-inspired day-bed on the deck, a very nice place for a night under the stars or to hang out during the afternoons.
The beach and town is only 30 minutes walk by foot, and we have bikes you can borrow to get there quicker, starting from the concrete shared public pathway that starts out the back of our garden and takes you to Torquay and Fishermans Beach along Deep Creek. The iconic Torquay back beach is just around the headland, and is world famous for surfing. Bells Beach is a short bike ride away.
If you want to go for longer walks along the coast (eg Great Ocean Walk) we can drop you off by car, and we can show you some of the local sights.
There is a bus to Geelong, Melbourne and west along the coast, 20 minutes walk.
In winter the whales come along the coast and can be seen from the cliffs locally. We have a Chololaterie chocolate factory nearby too!
Basically this is a tourist town and is full of exciting things to do with your time off. We really want you to have a great time and take away some special memories of your holiday in Australia.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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