We are a couple and live on a private, beautiful 6 acre property at Sapphire Beach, Coffs Harbour, NSW surrounded by landscaped gardens, old growth forest, dams, lakes, ponds and a banana plantation, yet are only 2 minutes drive from the beach and 10 minutes from town. We have a very friendly Maremma Sheepdog, and an abundance of wildlife on the grounds.
Help with Eco project
Staying with us at our property will give travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in a natural environment in the Australian 'bush' yet be only minutes from amazing surfing beaches and walks. We can help foreign travellers improve their English (with a few Aussies colloquialisms!), guide them on places to visit, and give them opportunities to develop a whole range of different life skills. As a place of peace and tranquillity (we are in the process of preparing the property for health and wellbeing retreats), volunteers will also have the opportunity to rest, reflect and connect.
The help we need:
We are looking for a single person or couple to help with several of the following: gardening/horticulture, carpentry, painting, bush regeneration, stone walls, irrigation, landscaping, handiwork, building works - in fact anything where you’re Ok with getting your hands dirty. An ability to use garden machinery and tools is preferable.
The help exchange is for around 25 hrs a week, normally 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, so there’s 2 full days off each week. However we are flexible, so if you wanted extra days off from time to time, you can work more hours in the day in lieu.
We can pick you up from Coffs Harbour train station or airport and can give you rides to town and the beach if convenient. Should you have your own transport that will be a bonus. We have bikes available for your use – it will take you 5 minutes to get to the beach.
Note: If visiting from outside Australia you should have a valid visa and some type of travel/medical insurance. You should also note that we have a strict no smoking/no drug policy at our property and ask that you respect this should you come to stay with us.
English; a tiny bit of French
Accommodation is in your own self-contained queen bed suite with en-suite bathroom and views of the garden; there is free wifi and use of the communal lounge area. There is a flat screen tv and dvd/music centre in the suite and shelves of DVDs to select from! We have a 2-week minimum stay policy, but people who are looking to stay for a month or more are particularly welcomed. All meals are provided, but you are welcome to use the pool-side BBQ area if you want to cook your own food. Laundry facilities are also available.
Sapphire Beach/Coffs Harbour is positioned roughly mid-way between Sydney and Brisbane; it has an amazing coastline and hinterland and there are many places of interest to visit. There are many places of 'cultural' interest, and there is a thriving local live music 'scene'. Our property is 2 minutes from the beach and the main highway into Coffs Harbour. We like to start the day with a walk around the grounds or on the beach with our dog Luca, have a coffee & breakfast and then get into the 'chores' of the day. Starting early means volunteers will have a large part of each day to explore or relax and chill!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week