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Sunshine Coast family farm near the beach practising organic permaculture in Queensland, Australia

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We have vacancies now and are especially looking for people wanting to start between now and 20th July, and/or helping through the end of July and in August, due to some extra projects on the go.

    You'll be helping on our organic farms, restoring native gardens and wildernesses, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast near the beach.

    We provide accommodation, for example:
    - in our lovely Studio: queen bed, huge couch in tranquil living area, smart TV, well-equipped kitchen, separate bathroom
    - or in our large Cottage: five bedrooms, two bathrooms, large well-equipped kitchen, dining room etc
    - or in our new Cabin with three bedrooms, large open plan kitchen, living area, bathroom.

    When not used for Workawayers, our properties are let to holiday-makers.

    All properties also have outside decks with barbeque, dining table, couch, and firepit, well-equpped kitchens with air fryer, fridge, hob, microwave, slow cooker, toaster, also laundry facilities, wifi, an outdoor exercise/play frame, and yoga mats.

    We are a friendly family with a small organic homestead 10 minutes drive from the beach on the Sunshine Coast. We follow organic practices and are early in our journey to permaculture.

    You’ll be based here on our farm, which is not served by public transport hence we prefer applicants who have a vehicle, unless you're happy to stay here on the farm during most of your free off. We can provide bicycles.

    There’s plenty to do on the farm on your time off: art, baking and cooking, exploring, hanging out with the animals, harvesting lotus flowers, napping, observing the wildlife, reading, relaxing, resting, picking herbs, planting natives, pruning, sunbathing or in the wet season, splashing in the puddles ...

    We offer a traditional Workaway experience, five hours a day, five days a week.

    Note: we do not provide paid work here. Workaway is about you providing voluntary work in return for accommodation, food, hospitality and utilities.

    We are exchanging our high quality facilities, are generous with food, have good wifi, exceptional quality water, a brilliant location within a very safe property within 10 minutes drive of the beach. As a family we work hard, so we expect you to work hard, diligently and safely during your on-duty hours.

    We are Angela, husband David, and son Ed who runs the farm and nursery. We are looking for help with our 42 acres of bamboo groves, gardens, orchards, woodlands and rewilded areas. Creatures you may help care for include chickens, ducks, peacocks, pigs and sheep.

    You will not be helping in our farm shop or business.

    We love people who will have a go at everything and who work hard, with a good sense of humour. Only apply if you are happy and drama-free - life's too short for negativity and nuisance. Our philosophy is to look for solutions not problems. We expect you to work safely and efficiently.

    Duration is normally for a period of two weeks up to two months.

    Preferred arrival days are Monday afternoons, with departures usually on Monday mornings, after you have cleaned where you were staying and set it up ready for the next Workawayers. Hours are typically 7am-10am and 11am-1pm, usually working Wednesdays - Sundays inclusive. We find this works well, before the heat of the day, so that you have the afternoons and evenings off, as well as two full days off on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    We are focusing on improving our farm to produce more fruit in our orchard, grow more pigs, and produce more eggs. Your duties may include caring for chickens and ducks, gardening and farming duties. We are also adding more wildflower areas to the farm and planting more native trees. We practice organic methods, and are interested in biodynamic, permaculture and syntropic principles.

    We particularly welcome Workawayers with interests in any of these areas: animal care, building, carpentry, construction, gardening, horticulture and in particular native plants, maintenance and property renovation.

    Our property has solar electricity generation, filtered and purified harvested rainwater, and off grid waste systems, so you'll be living sustainably.

    The nearby towns of Yandina and Coolum Beach are both about 10 minutes away by car. From there, you can explore the whole of the Sunshine Coast. We are about 25 minutes from Noosa Heads. There are beautiful national parks, state forests, mountains and waterfalls nearby.

    The nearest bus station is Coolum Beach. The nearest train station is Nambour. The nearest airport is Sunshine Coast. It's easier for you if you have a vehicle, especially if you want to go the beach/climb/explore/shop/surf. Otherwise it's a 15 minute cycle/half hour run/hour walk to the nearest bus stop/train station in Yandina.

    There is no public transport passing the property so if you don't have your own vehicle, an Uber ride to the beach, shops and bus stops costs around $22. We can sometimes give you lifts when we go offsite. We have a WhatsApp chat group to let you know when a member of the family is going somewhere, and for general on-farm communication. We run a number of businesses so unfortunately are not able to offer a chauffeur service.

    There are always a lot of different things happening on the farm. Projects on the go may include carpentry, fencing, irrigation, planting and regenerating the land including native planting. We keep pigs, sheep and poultry including chickens, ducks, guinea-fowl and peacocks.

    Our dogs are Ruby the friendly Rhodesian Ridgeback, Ruby’s daughter Emerald. and Jack Russell Little Gem.

    We are near the acclaimed Mount Ninderry Healing Centre which offers reasonably priced acroyoga, bodywork, courses and therapist programmes, intention therapy, kirtan, and shiatsu, yin and flow yoga, with free community yoga classes once a week - if you have your own transport to get there.

    We look forward to welcoming you :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    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

    Our family is originally from Devon in the southwest of England, where we created and operated Crealy theme parks and resorts in Devon and Cornwall.

    We have traveled a lot. Ed has also Workawayed in half a dozen countries including Israel, in South America and in Europe.

    We emigrated to Australia from Devon, UK, in 2010 and have lived on the Sunshine Coast since 2011. We spend most of our time on the farm and like time in the country, going to the beaches, waterfalls, and national parks. We love meeting new people from all over the world.

    We wish you happy travels :)

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking to accept Workawayers who have a real interest in our way of life. Current projects may include:
    - carpentry and construction
    - gardening including brush-cutting, composting, harvesting, mowing, native planting, mulching, propogation, seeding, strimming ("whipper-snipping"/"weed-wacking"), watering and weeding
    - maintenance including painting, repairs and renovation
    - regenerative farming.

    There is always plant propagation and property maintenance to do.

    There is a sizeable and varied fruit orchard with more than 100 trees. We are rearing more pigs and increasing our flock of chickens to produce more eggs. We continue to plant more native trees, and propagate more bamboo.

    You will need sensible working boots or closed-toe shoes, a good hat, and sunscreen. If you come in The Wet, you'll also need waterproof boots and wet weather gear.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We speak English, Spanish, and French.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide accommodation with full facilities. We also and welcome people with own self-contained campervan or similar.

    We provide exceptional facilities and food for you to self-cater. We provide your accommodation, bedding, and all your food including our own honey, free range eggs, and meat if you're an omnivore, including our own chicken, duck, pork, as well as herbs, fruit and veggies when in season from the gardens and orchards, plus other pantry necessities.

    We provide beautiful accommodation with your own bedroom, huge sofa, kitchen, bathroom, barbecue deck, firepit and laundry facilities.

    If you have your own self-contained vehicle or camper-van, we can provide a good parking area with access to electricity, harvested filtered rainwater, wifi, laundry facilities and shared bathroom.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our farm is between two mountains and close to Coolum Beach. There are many lovely beaches, country towns, national parks, state forests, and waterfalls around, great rock climbing, watersports, horseriding and hiking. Iconic Noosa is about 25 minutes away.

    Our family also operates the Flow Bouldering gym nearby and we can arrange discounted membership and day passes.

    There is a good cinema nearby with "cheap Tuesday" tickets. There are excellent farmers' markets which you can attend if the family are going there, or if you have your own transport.

    Wishing you happy travels.

  • 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 have good wifi for digital nomads.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can provide accommodation and we also welcome Workawayers any time who have their own self-contained campervan or motorhome, in which case we can provide bedding, laundry facilities plus shared access to a full bathroom. There is also a portaloo on site.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Typically 5 hours a day 7am-1pm less an hour's break for morning tea, 5 days a week.

Host ref number: 729697784963

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