Help with gardening, painting and carpentry our beach–side sanctuary on the rugged Phillip Island, Australia



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    HI. We are a professional couple work in education. Tiziana is a language teacher and Charles is an artist and educator in Landscape Architecture.
    We are currently looking for a workawayer or two to help out for 2 weeks during spring school holidays ( 21 Sep - 6 Oct) to help with gardening, painting and carpentry work.

    There are many projects we would like to accomplish on our historic property. We are hoping to one day be self sufficient and Tiziana dreams of hosting cooking demonstrations from the award-winning chicory-smoking kiln conversion. Charles co-designed this and it has won a design award and garnered much attention in the press. There are three dwellings scattered across the acre and a quarter property. The kiln house is separated from the “guest” home which Charles also uses as his studio. There is a historic settler’s cottage adjacent to the organic vegetable garden as well. Dating from the 1880’s, Tiziana uses this as her textiles studio where she spends a lot of her time, designing outfits for discerning clients, making bags, cushions and all manner of things.
    No smokers please.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our local beach is a short walk down the road and very beautiful. As Tiziana is a language teacher she is expertly able to help others improve their English or alternatively, loves to keep her skills up in speaking other languages. Cooking is one of Tiziana’s passions - she is willing to share her skills with any guests. Her other passion is textiles and sewing. We are both keen readers and have an extensive library covering literature, art and philosophy which we are happy to share.
    We think our place might best suit a couple who enjoy as bit of autonomy and a bit of their own time out.

  • Help


    We are hoping to host someone with building/ carpentry experience who will be able to work on projects with Tiziana (Charles may be busy working on his art) who is very practical and keen to help but has no knowledge in this area and will need guidance. A retired builder would be great as we are slowly adding some finishing touches to the historic cottage. Having two wooden houses on the property means there will also be some maintenance jobs such as carpentry, sanding, painting, revarnishing, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Japanese: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation will be in the guest house. There are 2 comfortable bedrooms there. We would prefer to host either a couple or a pair of friends so that you won't feel lonely. There is a spacious bathroom, separate toilet and laundry. Sheets and towels, blankets, pillows, etc. will be provided. The fully functional kitchen opens onto the living area which Charles currently uses as a studio so there is no room to sit there, however, there is verandah with a table and chairs. We have a full internet connection.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As Phillip Island is indeed an island and quite isolated, having your own transport is highly preferable. The local beach, less than a ten minute walk away, offers a relaxed place for sun-bathing, swimming, and lazily exploring inter-tidal rock pools; most days it feels like it’s your own private island paradise! At both low and high tide the beach provides opportunities for long beach walks along our wonderful sandy beach. Along the length of the coast birdlife and wildlife abound. From late September to May, after sunset, view the Shearwaters returning to their burrows in the sand dunes to feed their young after a day’s fishing. What a sight! Late afternoon, you may see our resident wallabies in the sand dunes, catch a glimpse of the extraordinary but very shy echidna, or even spot a koala asleep in a eucalypt.
    Only 5-15 minutes away by car there a wide range of experiences and activities available. Across the island there are a range of magnificent surf beaches including the spectacular Cape Woolamai and Surf Beach for experienced surfers looking to catch some waves against a backdrop of incredible landscapes. There is vibrant Smith’s Beach offering calm waves and gentle surf for beginners, and Shelly Beach ideal with its quiet atmosphere and superb views.
    Five minutes up the road is Summerland Beach, the setting for Phillip Island’s famous Penguin Parade, one of Victoria’s premier tourist attractions. You can access the white sandy shores until dusk, when the area is cleared to make way for the penguins coming ashore as night falls. Close by are the Nobbies, with breathtaking views of the Western Port headlands and the rugged Bass coast. Walk amongst the extensive penguin rookery, observe the seal colony gathered off the basalt coastal edge, or just watch the ocean waves moving in from the southern oceans to pound against the rocks below. Around the island there are a variety of nature walks to enjoy, as well as attractions such as the koala reserve, Churchill Island reserve, the scenic Rhyll boat harbour, and two island wineries where you can sample local vintages. Also, if interested, you can even check out the vernacular architecture and discover the other few remaining chicory kilns on the island.

    Cowes is the main town of the island. Here you can find supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, trash and treasure stores, the local Historic Society and a welcoming public library with free internet.
    At Cowes you can also find the Cowes pier. Stroll along it eating an ice-cream or catch a ferry to neighbouring French Island, or further afield to Hastings, Crib Point and the Bellarine Peninsular.
    And of course there is the famous Grand Prix Circuit, the home for all things motor sport, including the Australian MotoGP in October, a range of annual vintage car rallies. Go Go-carting and experience the thrill of the island race.
    We feel our property is a sanctuary so we would prefer to host non-smokers and nature lovers who can appreciate and respect the beauty of the surrounds as well as our efforts to create a unique environment.

  • 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

    About 4- 5 hours for 5 days and 2 days off

chicory kiln house with guest house to the right
fancy some reading?
the settler's cottage/ textiles studio
frame finishing and painting that needs to be done
The timber frames need finishing and painting
entrance to the now covered garden
the container
workawayer bedroom
part of our beach

Host ref number: 945223193295