Help with horses, kids and around the house near Townsville, Australia



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description



    We are situated on a cattle station just inland of Charters Towers, Nth Qld our closest Airport or major town is Townsville.

    We run mainly Brahman cattle although we have a Stud herd of Bazadais cattle which originated in France. I have two small children and a pretty hectic life.

    I have previously competed locally in Endurance Horse Rides, Western Pleasure and Harness events.

    I have been mainly concentrating on getting my children riding (8yo & 7yo) more competently over the past few years but also have been enjoying playing around with my harness horses/ponies.

    I enjoy the long distance Harness treks held mainly in the School Holidays where we drive in harness throughout the day, my eldest daughter rides along with the carriage travelling aprox 20-30kms each day, sleeping out under the stars each night.

    It’s a chance to relax ride along make great friends, see some really lovely country and get to know your horse.

    Experiences you will never forget.

    With two small impressionable children we do request No smokers, neither my husband, myself or other employees smoke and we do appreciate the clean air. Also being on a cattle station our diet consists of a fair amount of meat (beef, goat, sheep, pork & chicken), this is something that vegetarians need to consider prior to coming to stay with us.

    I’m not looking for a person to work a full time paid position. More someone who will fit into the family and fill in when I don’t have enough arms and experience life on a real cattle station.

    You know help get the kids off to school, occasional help in the cattle yards or trailing behind the weaner cattle, caring for household pets, collect supplies from town, maybe do a load of washing and help clean out the house before the dust takes over.

    In exchange you will be treated as one of the family, all lodging and meals supplied, if I go somewhere you come as well for the experience.

    That way we all have more time to play ponies.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • 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

    Living in a family environment taking part of our everyday challenges and experience/enjoying our way of life.

    Away of experiencing the station life without the demands and expectations that is expected if being on the books as a full time paid jillaroo/jackaroo.

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    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    Below sounds pretty formal. It’s not really as we are currently not competing in Endursnce riding and most of our horses are turned out into big paddocks.

    However for the motivated person some of below still applies on a smaller scale.

    Daily Routine involves all aspects of horse care, groundwork, grooming, saddling/unsaddling, schooling, distance conditioning, strapping, feeding & watering of horses and picking up of poop. Plus as we are also a cattle station you may be required to assist with working of the cattle and feeding of various farm animals or other jobs essential to the animal’s wellbeing.

    Depending on the time of year you are intending on staying you will have the opportunity to learn;
    • Foal handling,
    • Starting of horses using Horsemanship skills based on western riding principals,
    • Training and showing of horses for Western showing,
    • All aspects of distance condition and training, feeding etc of endurance horses,
    • Ride our horses through all terrains in the bush, cross creeks and mountains.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    In exchange you will be accommodated in your own fully furnished bedroom, with shared bathroom & lounge room, dvd, stereo, books and magazines (mostly horsy).

    Food and specialist horse riding equipment will be supplied however we suggest to bring your own personal riding boots, jodhpurs and light cotton long sleeved shirts, chocolates and junk food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our property is 37,000 acres, we live 50km away from the nearest township, I am regularly driving in to take the kids to and from school.

    Charters Towers is a reasonable sized town with normal shops, pubs, mobile phone etc.

    This position is best situated to people who enjoy the quite life spending time with nature.

    Sometimes you will get the chance to go sightseeing, camping, fishing and to experience the past times unique to outback Australia.

    Cleve, myself and our two children all live on the property. Cleve works very hard and often has to work away on other family properties, we are friendly, down-to-earth, genuine people.

  • 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

    No more than 5 with down time throughout the day to explore.

Host ref number: 834969244993