Help our happy family with gardening and enjoy life in Castlemaine, Australia



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    We are a family of 4. Helen is a social worker, Martin works for a visual effects company, Freya (8) and Hermione (6) attend a local primary school. During the week it's pretty busy with work and school. but on the weekend we are working on a project at home, or are seeing friends or family. We have two cats, Feliz and Matilda who will hide from you 🐈 🐈‍⬛ a senile Aussie Terrier, Lottie, 🐕 2 goats, 🐐 🐐 4 ducks 🦆 and 5 chooks 🐓 Our house used to be a Bed and Breakfast, and we are slowly turning it more into a family home.

    COVID19 update:
    We are slowly returning to normal. The girls are back at school, and Helen is back at the office. We are fully vaccinated and ask that any Workawayers are too.

    Projects we are have on the horizon:
    There’s always lots of weeding and mulching to do. We also need to build a fence to keep the pesky chickens out of the veggie patch! We recently lost a tree in the storm so we’ll turn all the leftover wood into a hugelkulture bed.
    Jobs can be done at your leisure - eg we might order a trailer load of mulch and get you to spread it out sometime over the week. So you can choose to either do a bit per day or do it all in a day then take time off to relax and explore.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Castlemaine is a lovely town, very arty and community-minded. There are lots of lovely bushwalks to do where you'll see a lot of Australian wildlife. It is close enough to Melbourne for day-trips, but far enough away to unwind. Staying with us would give you the opportunity to practice your English, relax and read under a tree, and escape the bustle of the city backpacker scene.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Work will be mostly helping in the garden and odd jobs around the house such as painting, moving wood, etc. It doesn't require any particular skill, just a bit of muscle and stamina. We have two children, and whilst we will always be around, they will want to talk and play with you. So you'll have to like children!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You'll have your own self-contained cottage. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen/living area. You can use the laundry in our house. Workawayers provide their own food and cook for themselves, though we'll often do joint meals together. Help yourself to eggs from the chook house or herbs and veggies from the garden, plus you are welcome to raid of the pantry for ingredients to save yourself having to buy packets of things if you only need a couple of tablespoons!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are about 5km out of town. So ideally you’ll have your own car/bike. We can give you a lift into town if we are around. There is a bus, but it's infrequent.
    Here's some information about the region

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    • 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

    You can work on your own projects in the cottage. We have a good internet connection, however it can be a bit temperamental for Zoom. If your work uses a lot of bandwidth then please discuss with us first as Helen has scheduled Zoom appointments so you might need to schedule high bandwidth tasks to a different part of the day.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You can park camper vans in the driveway. You would prefer to sleep in the cottage as it’s on a busy road. Motor homes would be a tight fit.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Will accept friendly dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 4-5 days a week

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