Country living on 5 acres in foothills of North East Victoria in Stanley, Australia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are an older couple, Vicki and Herman, living on 5 acres in north east Victoria. We have olive and chestnut trees, raspberries, lemon and orange trees and a small veggie patch. Currently erecting a green house. We have many trees in a park like setting with a dam. Help required is helping with weeding in garden area, hand watering pot plants around the house, pruning, general maintenance, mulching, composting, whipper snipping, planting and general chores of maintaining a home and acreage. We currently have no animals. We are relaxed, well travelled and love cultural exchanges. We have house sat in Turkey, UK, France, Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. We are also avid short-term rental uses. We are looking for people who would like to help maintain our home and enjoy sampling country living. We are retired, healthy and active. We volunteer in our local community and care about our environment. We have solar power connected to main grid, tanks and bore water and self contained sewerage system. We try to live sustainably.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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 live in country Victoria in the small picturesque village of Stanley with a local pub 5 minutes walk away. Our local farm gate shop, Hillsborough Nuts, with great produce, food and coffee is a ten minute walk. We offer a taste of country life in Australia surrounded by bush and farm lands with cherries, berries, chestnuts, sheep and cattle. We are in the foothills of the Great dividing range with close proximity to snow fields, great mountain bike and hiking trails and many historic small villages to explore. Beechworth is 8 klm away with many cafes, pubs, breweries and shops. Happy to share our lifestyle in exchange for assisting us maintain our patch.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Able to use or willing to learn how to use whipper sniper, chainsaw, garden tools and help maintain garden and house. House has recently been renovated/extended and landscaping is required so may include building retaining walls, pergola, Stone help, moving soil and gravel in wheelbarrows. Help for 4 hrs per day in return for accommodation and food. We have outdoor entertaining areas and enjoy BBQ’s and quick healthy meals.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange

  • Accommodation


    Self contained with own bedroom, bathroom and living room with basic cooking facilities or large queen bedroom in house with own en-suite and share living and cooking facilities. BBQ and outdoor entertainment areas, bouchée court. All bedding, towels included. Expected to be clean and involved with house hold chores. Food provided, may do own cooking.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Trains to Wangaratta 40 klm away and bus to Beechworth 8 klm away. No public transport to Stanley. We can pick up to transport. We have two ebikes. We live in a friendly community with walking and bike trails, reserves and swimming dams a short walk away. We like to show our area off and willing to do local excursions in leisure time. We enjoy a social drink of our local wines and beers. We would expect drinking in moderation, no drugs at all and no smoking inside. We live in a high risk fire area so need to be fire aware. We can help with being fire aware. We are clean and tidy and hope you will be 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    5 acres with plenty of space for van

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 667238579666