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Be part of a permaculture project at our Bali-inspired home on the Sunshine Coast, Australia

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  • Last activity: 28 Sep 2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    Suella: retired librarian, gardener, Permaculture student, musician (piano, ukulele), cook. John: vegan, musician (classical guitar, bass, lead, ukulele), bush walker, nature lover, gardener. We have a beautiful Bali-inspired home surrounded by a 1 acre garden that we're developing to provide us with our fruit and vegetable needs. Set in a eucalyptus forest in a quiet rural part of the Sunshine Coast.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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 a beautiful area, Glasshouse Country, the hinterland to Queensland's Sunshine Coast. We are surrounded by the outstandlingly beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, with many climbing and bushwalking tracks.

    We've planned our garden to encourage native birds, and have daily visits from flocks of fairy wrens, pigeons, king parrots and satin bowerbirds. We have the occasional visit from wallabies and bandicoots. We've found a naturally occurring hive of native bees, and see many native varieties that help pollinate our plants.

    We're close to the colourful town of Maleny, which has a strong culture in cooperatives and Permaculture, and we are close to Crystal Waters Permaculture Eco-Village and the Blackall Range strip of towns like Montville and Flaxton. The beaches of Caloundra are 30 minutes away.

    I'm part of the local gardening club, and have helped start the Maleny Permaculture group. I've invested time in understanding the soil in our area, which has specific requirements for gardening success, and we are starting to have good results in the garden. I'm currently studying a Permaculture Design Certificate online taught by Morag Gamble, an outstanding teacher who lives 30 minutes away in the Crystal Waters Eco-village, which is well worth a visit.

    My husband is a classical guitarist, and we play ukulele together, including in our small ukulele group. We have an extensive music collection across jazz, rock, pop and classical, and a large DVD collection.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We have 1 acre of subtropical land that we're applying a Permaculture design to. We've built many large wicking beds, and have several interesting projects ready to start:
    - firing up our biochar furnace;
    - creating a black soldier fly farm (for composting and to feed our chickens)
    - building a compost tea brewer
    - working out an effective fertigation system.
    We're also planting fruit trees, and build hot composts every few months.

    Previous Workawayers have been fantastic and have helped us:
    - build a large gabion wall which we have used to build garden beds and a chicken pen.
    - built a Johnson-Su composting bioreactor
    - built a continuous flow worm farm.

    We try to make the Workaway stay stimulating and a great learning experience.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I'd love to be able to communicate in French

  • Accommodation


    We have a spare room with bunks (a double bed and a single), or a loft room with a view to the garden. My husband is a vegan; I'm not, so we eat a wide variety of food. We eat a lot of fruit and salads.

    We are dependent on tank water, so need to be very economic with our water use.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bush walks: Mt Ngungun, Mt Tibrogargan, Mary Cairncross Rainforest Reserve (amazingly beautiful ancient rainforest).
    Tourist towns: Montville, Maleny. Beaches: Caloundra, Golden Beach, Dickie Beach, Moffat Beach.
    Scenic drives: Mountain View Road, Old Gympie Road (views of the individual Glasshouse Mountains).
    Nearby towns: Beerwah (10 minutes): supermarkets, pub, library, business hub; Caloundra (25 minutes): beach town,
    Large commercial centres: Maroochydore, Caloundra, Caboolture (30 minutes).
    One hour to Brisbane.

  • 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

    We don't have fantastic broadband here (no NBN yet), but we get by! We can stream Netflix most of the time.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We don't have spare covered parking but have plenty of space for you to park a car or van.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 668317748694

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