Come and help out with our pets, garden and family farm home, enjoy the serenity and explore our beautiful town in Melrose, South Australia



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    We are a family of 5, have three children, two sons. Dylan aged 21, is currently living & working full time in a Gym in Queensland, he is studying a certificate 3 & 4 in fitness/personal training, our second son Zach, aged 18 has now finished senior school & is having a gap year (moved away but now back home for some time), he was and is currently working for the local mountain bike store as a their bike mechanic & store assistant, and lastly our 11 year old Daughter Kiera, she is a happy, caring little girl who loves music, art, technology and nurturing smaller children, babies & animals, Kiera is in year 6 primary school.

    We are primarily sheep farmers but also run & own another business to supply tyres to most vehicles, vehicle batteries & other supplies. Sean also works in engineering & manufacturing here, building custom designed trailers, farm equipment & repair work on mostly everything. We our sheep once a year, mostly around the last couple of weeks of August into early September, this lasts around two weeks to shear all our sheep. We crutch/shave wool from rear of sheep in late February to prepare our ewes (female sheep) for giving birth to their baby lambs born normally in early April, this can take from one to two weeks to do.

    We cook multi cultural foods, as we enjoy some Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian & Australian cuisines, we always endevour to grow our own & source locally organic produce for our cooking. When we get the time, we like to make fermented foods & beverages, like vegetables, Kefir water, ginger & turmeric beer, vegan nut cheese, raw seed crackers and dehydrating vegetables & fruit etc, we are always trying to find ways to better our health & bodies.

    We enjoy when we can, to show our visitors around our farm & places we have in our hills property/4WD access only, one being a very old 1867 stone hut that is a famous stop for a many tourists, annually we have a school class from our nearest city Adelaide, that travel about 300 kilometers to camp here. Inside our hut is two rooms, one being a sleeping area & the other a cooking area with large open fire place.

    We keep up to 30 free range chickens, 11 guinea fowl, 2 pet lambs named Hercules & Shi & our 4 female working dogs (Tippy, Hooker, Millie- (Zachs pet dog) & our learning puppy Roxie) they are vital to helping us to move sheep from paddock to paddock. We care for our pets & animals very well, as we are very fond of them all.

    Our home is a 1920's semi modernized stone farm house with built on extension, shared family large bathroom, shower recess & rooms are quite large & comfortable. Have a small built on side room for singles with refrigerated air conditioning, own door access from outside, computer & room next to bedroom is small weights gym. Having comfort of free unlimited WiFi, pay TV, 3D 55" TV with sound system, own room (sometimes may be in family/TV room), use of computers & internet at your leisure. Ducted air conditioning in summer & combustion fire in lounge/TV room. Open fire areas outside during seasons without fire restrictions and opportunities to cook outside, Australian BBQ, camp oven cooking and sitting beside the fire watching the sun set.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Having the opportunity to experience farm life, exploring the tranquility and peace of wide open Australian bush, tree & creek areas. Learn about farming life style, experiencing many other Australian cultured living techniques. Having Australian wild life directly around living area, like kangaroos & various Australian wild birds/parrots.

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    We are looking for singles or couples that can be varied in their skills, the following help is not all required at the one time, it greatly depends on seasons & what is needed at different times:

    Most requirements are just general tiding of property, moving, chainsawing up of fallen trees & repairing fencing, collection of fire wood (before winter), weeding, small building & maintenance repairs, raking & stacking of wood etc. As we also have a large garden area, it would be good to have someone gardening & helping to prepare soil for planting, we are also needing help with designing & building our own greenhouse from recycled materials, general tiding of area around house, sweeping, watering plants, removal of leaf & dirt litter.

    We would gratefully appreciate it if you could help with our DAILY food preparations & washing meals dishes, sometimes we also are needing help with general house cleaning duties, helping with the hanging up of clothes to dry after washing and sometimes cleaning & organizing of household fridges. It would be great if you could help us to also care for our pets/animals, feeding, cleaning their living areas and just general care. We are sure you will get to love them as much as we do and enjoy the interactions.

    During our shearing time (busiest time of year for us) in late August to early September when we are shearing our sheep, help would be enormously appreciated in the kitchen, helping prepare foods, taking morning and afternoon tea down to shearing shed and washing of dishes.

    Our Daughter sometimes needs help with school home work, reading & math mainly. General daily help would be gratefully appreciated with washing dishes & food preparations during your stay.

    If you have a vehicle, caravan or camper trailer, we are very happy to also help or supply you with your vehicles tyres, battery, or repairs (within our time allowances), in exchange for any extra help you can give us outside Workaway food & accommodation agreement.

    Please note, our general payment agreement will be only, food & accommodation, in exchange for 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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  • Accommodation


    Our Home is a stone 1920's modernized farm house with built on extensions, has 3 resident bedrooms, shared visitors single built on bedroom, and family large bathroom and shower recess, can provide towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner for bathing, our rooms are quite large and comfortable.

    We have three available choices of accommodation as follows:

    1.) A small built on/extension side room for singles, linen provided, own personal door access from outside to this room, DVD player & Television (No Digital TV Service Available On This TV), computer available and room next to bedroom is a small weights gym for helpers to use at their leisure for fitness.

    2.) Within the main house, that is a large room with queen size bed & a king single bed, air conditioning, heating, DVD player & Television, complimentary robes, slippers, toiletries & of course again all linen provided. (THIS ROOM IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE, AS ZACH OUR SON, HAS MOVED BACK HOME TO WORK LOCALLY FOR A WHILE)

    3.) For visitors that want to be a little more independent, private & just a little way from the farm house. We have a cozy 18 foot fully renovated modern caravan for accommodation . This isn't within our homes WiFi range but has a VERY comfortable queen size bed with all linen provided, own fridge/freezer, with coffee & Tea making facilities, noodle snacks, breakfast cereal options, pod coffee espresso machine with selection of flavored pods, microwave, cookware, cutlery & dinnerware, large TV & DVD player to watch movies (No Digital TV Service Available On This TV), Built in Bluetooth Stereo, filtered water dispenser, snacks, vanity station, heating, air conditioning and complimentary robes & slippers.

    We have a lot commercial gym equipment outside under the house porch also if you wish to use, Free unlimited WiFi, pay TV, 3D 55" TV in family room, main house bedroom room (in family TV room with comfortable quality queen size inflatable bed including linen), use of computers, internet & large 3D/DVD movie selection at your leisure. Ducted Evaporative Air Conditioner in summer & combustion fire in lounge/TV room & portable oil heaters for other rooms. Open fire areas outside during seasons without fire restrictions & opportunities to cook outside, BBQ & camp oven cooking.

    During the winter months we have our own running water private serene creeks & dams to explore with views that are simply stunning. We have a large country & native garden with large lawn area, trampoline & have multiple outdoor comfort & relaxation areas, including portable hammocks & designated open fire areas. We can provide a large stand up tent if wanting to enjoy more outdoor accommodation near open fires during winter, and have double & single swags we can provide with electricity to tent within relative distance to house if needed.

    Within agreement we can provide free mobile phone use within Australia, Bluetooth portable speakers & music, if wanting music while helping & in leisure times. We normally would wash your clothes with the families, but you have the availability to wash your own clothes & linen if you would prefer, use of family kitchen & available ingredients to cook your own meals if & when desired in times available outside resident/family times, or your more than welcome to dine with our family & we love the company during meals, also tea & coffee making area in kitchen at your leisure.

    We try to accommodate in every way we can, we are exploitative with food choices & happy to share with you what you eat or what we eat. If you have a special dietary requirement, please share with us on your arrival or preferably before, so we can make arrangement to acquire the ingredients you need before your visit.

    As we are a small town & live remotely, we do have to travel nearly an hour to get our main supplies for food, if we arrange with you prior, to have to pick you up from one of these areas (Pt Augusta or Pt Pirie) we will try to take you to do some shopping before we return home. Otherwise, if possible, we can arrange a special trip to take you to pick up some food that serves your dietary requirements. It is all about making you feel at home & comfortable.

    On agreement & assessment, it may also be possible to provide you with the use of one of our vehicles or bicycles to explore some of our local area.

    On any days that aren't convenient to pick you up from Port Pirie or Port Augusta, there is a pick up & drop off bus point between Port Pirie & Port Augusta we can manage much better, it is only about 20 mins or 40 kilometers from us. Ask the bus company to drop you off at "High Way 1 Wilmington turn off (A1 & B56) Winnanowie", the bus company to catch out of Adelaide is Premier/Stateliner. If traveling from Victoria, there is also a Firefly bus out of Melbourne that will connect in Adelaide.

    Looking forward very much to meeting & getting to know you, having some fun memorable times and for you to join our family while your here.

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    Our town Melrose is mountain bike central area, with approx 100km of single track trails in the foothills of Mount Remarkable and nearby. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, photographers to get great shots & to get out and enjoy the fresh air at Melrose.

    Explore the town by foot or bike, as both the Heysen and Mawson walking trails pass through town. We have a historical museum to explore, local wineries & cellar door purchases, great dining places & very friendly people that will make you feel at home.

    Things to do in Melrose: Picnic at the stunning Paradise Square Gardens, Dine at one of our two unique hotels or several cafe & coffee shops (EXCELLENT COFFEE), tackle the Bridle Track on a 4WD adventure, Visit local wineries, Experience mountain biking adventures, Admire the morning & evening views from the monument lookout, Explore the history of the area including the Melrose Heritage Museum, Enjoy the many festivals & events throughout the year & Get into local orienteering & geocaching challenges.

    Average daily winter temperatures (June - August), Max 15.9°C, Min 2°C.
    Average daily spring temperatures (September - November), Max 34.5°C, Min 17.5°C.
    Average daily summer temperatures (December - February), Max 39.3°C, Min 20.5°C, but daily temperatures can get as high as 49°C.
    Average daily autumn temperatures (March - May), Max 29.3°C, Min 13.5°C.
    PLEASE NOTE: SUMMER MONTHS are very dry, dusty & extremely hot.. We try to do our main work early in the mornings on day break & late in the evenings before dark during this time. Weather is extreme & hard to do anything outside.

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