Permaculture/Organic Farm/Retreat - Mountain Rainforest Valley near Byron Bay, Australia

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  • Description

    Description

    We have an 85 acre mountain rainforest landscape in the hinterland behind Byron Bay and near the town of Mullumbimby. It is a beautiful, ancient rainforest valley with fresh water creeks, swimming holes, waterfalls, rainforest and mountain plateaus.

    We are a certified organic permaculture farm and grow various foods, herbal medicines and useful plants mostly small scale for our own personal use rather than commercially. We have goats, sheep, chickens and cows but none of them are farmed or used for food or sold and all animals are loved and part of our systems to eat down grass and for guests to interact with and enjoy the beautiful company of animals.

    We have some yurts, domes, cabins and a few houses across the farm and a small handful of residents and guests.

    Currently accommodation for workaway travellers is set around a DOME - which inside has a small simple kitchen, wifi, solar power, lounge, fire etc and a queen bed with toilet and shower outside. Sometimes individuals or couples can use this space to themselves and at other times if 1-2 other people also doing Workway at same time (rare), some large tents are set up outside offering a private "bedroom" to sleep in.

    We also have some guest spaces often rented on weekends and other days and when not booked, we can used those spaces for group meals, indoor activities etc.

    Good healthy food is supplied to suit your diet and preferences but you would need to be able to cook for yourself and make your own meals with food supplied or share some cooking with anyone else here at same time.

    Work and jobs is usually a good variety and always some organic gardening to do, sometimes some animal care (goats, sheep, chickens and cows - none are milked or eaten..!) - and some other help with cutting grass, moving things and odd jobs.

    However, some help of approx 1 hour each day is needed wth some light housework, light cleaning, laundry and sorting things - all of which can be good in wet or hot weather.

    We have movies, books, magazines and internet access and the farm itself has beautiful mountain valley views, rainforest, animals and nearby are fresh water waterfalls, rock pools and swimming holes which are great in summer with walks/hikes and other things to do.

    When not helping with various jobs , there are plenty of opportunities to explore, relax, study, enjoy the land, animals and gardens, make and create artistic and useful things with plants, bamboo and natural materials and food and herbs to make medicines, cosmetics and preserved foods. We often have nights with big outdoor cinema, fires, food and music and people from around the area

    Mullumbimby is great cosmopolitan, diverse rural town (7kms away) with people from around the world and lots going on with many activities, events, music, arts, markets, festivals, cafes and the beaches of Brunswick Heads nearby.

    Byron Bay has more going on 25 minutes away. HiItching is common and safe around here and there are often lifts available with residents going to town and back. Creeks and swimming are all close by in walking and biking distance.

    People willing to help with a good attitude can enjoy a beautiful place to stay in, nice food, meeting people and animals, learning skills, gaining knowledge, enjoying activities and making connections.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Travellers can learn about :-

    Organic Gardens / Fruit Trees
    Self-Sufficiency & Permaculture
    Growing organic food and medicine
    Nutrition and natural health
    Medicinal and cosmetic plants / herbs
    Wild foods and medicines
    Ecology and Conservations
    Permaculture design and Sustainable Living
    Climate change resilience
    Global sustainability strategies
    Ethical animal husbandry and care
    Water & renewable energy systems
    Organic / Sustainable land management
    Australian wild life / rainforest
    Botanical sculpture & natural art

  • Help

    Help

    Help are often varied and mixed each day and we ask for approx 5 productive hours each day with flexible times.

    The help is often a diverse mix of household/garden chores.....

    Including

    Organic gardening - watering and planting vegetables, weeding, mulching, fertilising and seeding in the nursery.

    Animal Care - chickens, sheep, goats, horse, cows - feeding etc.

    Cutting grass - mowing & brush cutting

    Light cleaning and housework, laundry etc.

    Plant / Tree Care - feeding, pruning, planting and caring for fruit trees

    Home cooking, harvesting, food preservation and storage

    Various Tasks - painting, sorting, moving, maintenance / repairs

    Indoor house chores - sorting and organising

    Some chores are done alone and others with another Workaway and some with hosts.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Indonesian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Self/Contained cottage, yurt or dome.

    More details above

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are close to these areas by car:

    Byron Bay - 30 mins
    Mullumbimby - 10mins
    Brunswick Heads - 25 mins
    Mt Warning and Tweed Valley - 50mins
    Nimbin - 1 hour
    Gold Coast - 60mins
    Crystal Castle - 15mins

    All these places are in our region and a short distance away. This includes beautiful beaches, rivers, rainforest, creeks and swimming holes, mountains to climb, funky towns and hinterland villages.

  • 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

    Yes we have good internet / wifi options.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Absolutely and and wonderful locations and places with stunning views can be used by anyone with vans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Sometimes

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day/5 days a week

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