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Sustainable lifestyle on a mini-farm near Kuranda on the Atherton Tablalands, QLD, Australia

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  • Last activity: 13/11/2022



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are looking for some one who LOVES kids to work as a au pair for our 3.5 year old. Duties are basically play, play, play, and tidy up behind yourself. We need some one to start 6th July. You would be needed for two full days a week in return for accomadation and meals. That leaves you with the other days free for paid work or to explore. It would be best if you had your own trasport.

    Our lovely property borders a beautiful river and is located near Kuranda on the Atherton Tablalands Far North QLD. We are two family's sharing the property that we are developing on Permaculture Principles. We grow organic vegetables and fruit and try to produce most of our own meat needs, raising our animals in a sustainable and loving manner. We are 15 min drive to Kuranda, 30 min drive to Mareeba, and 50 min to Cairns.

    We live in rustic cabins, that we have lovingly built or renovated. We have shared shower/laundry/toilet. All our organic wastes is returned to the soil including humanure, using a composting toilet.

    We have very friendly goats for milk and meat, lovely cows, chickens and an energetic and affectionate dog. Annually we raise chickens and sometimes pigs for meat.

    We are looking for caring helpers, who have good English and an interest or experience in living sustain-ably and caring for the Earth that provides everything we need.

    We can pick you up from Cairns if needed, on a Monday - Wednesday, or Kuranda any day.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travellers will get close to nature and experience a low impact, and healthy lifestyle applying permaculture principles to live off the land and provide an abundance of food. We choose to work with nature to support our lifestyle and feed ourselves wherever possible. While visiting us you could learn about natural animal care, growing food and the natural environment.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We need help with a variety of things, this changes depending upon the season. Sometimes we would like help with the daily chores such as some house cleaning and animal feeding when we have babies to bottle raise.

    We always have many projects on the go. There are always building/renovating projects that need doing for those with the skills or someone who is capable and practical and wants to learn.

    Gardening jobs change seasonally, but could include mowing, brush cutting, irrigation installation, mulching, weeding, planting, harvest and storage. In 2019 my big gardening project is to cover our food forest in a thick layer of mulch and plant it out to be more of a Syntropic system.

    Also if you make friends with 3.5 year old Zella, there might be some childminding involved.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Workaway accommodation is a partially self contained room in our up-market shed. There is a queen size bed in this room so suitable for couple or single. We can add a matress on the floor for an extra person or a family. The shower is shared with us, as is the composting toilet. Some evening meals will be shared, but as we have a baby evening meals for us are generally very early and not a great time for socialising. You will have to prepare some of your own meals. For those who have a van they want to stay in there are many beautiful spots to park.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    For those who don't have their own transport public transport is limited, but there are are lots of opportunities to organise a lift to any of the towns nearby, or to hitchhike for the bold. There is lots to do in the immediate area. We have kayaks that guests can borrow to paddle the river. There are lots of walks that can be done from our front door. For those who have their own transport there are many gorgeous waterfalls to visit, World Heritage rain forest to explore, and all the attractions of the Atherton tablelands. The beach is also only 35min drive, and the Great Barrier Reef is accessible.

  • 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

  • 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: 767955591638

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