A bit about me. I've done all sorts of different jobs over the years. I was a secretary, a nursing assistant, a primary/secondary teacher, a horse trainer, a riding instructor, a governess for the Royal family in Saudi Arabia...and for remote farming properties teaching children up Far North Queensland. I lived and worked teaching English as a second language in Brunei on the island of Borneo for six years. I then sold up my Victorian property and bought here to live in the beautiful Queensland Hinterland. I bought a run down old pole house on 5.5acs, with the help of some 40+ Helpers, sometimes up to nine staying at once, it blossomed into a successful rental. I was blessed to have such amazing help, two Italian brothers stayed for five months, three French boys came back four times, so many wonderful girls helped cook, clean, paint and sand back wood. However, after being beholden to paying 'guests' for three and a half years, I sold it last November and I bought another 5.5ac property with a cute cottage in the middle of a paddock.
It needs work, but it's a very relaxing place to get away from it all. Main jobs, planting and watering trees, mowing, brushcutting, gutter cleaning, fence line clearing, clearing fallen timber, putting into burn piles and burning, painting fences, help clean and cook. And helping out with the dog, cat, chickens and two horses.
I prefer helpers with their own transport, but will consider those who don't.
I am willing to help your English skills. One boy who was here for two and a half months arrived with little English, by the time he left he got a job teaching English tourists how to ski in the French Alps.
I'm well used to the exchange process. I work hard and expect the helpers to do the same. Often this requires starting very early like 5.30am owing to the heat during the day. The work isn't suitable for anyone who is afraid of snakes, ticks, cane toads and spiders. This is a rural property, it is their home too.
Also please disclose any injuries or reasons why you can't do certain tasks before arrival. I didn't appreciate a girl who turned up with her right arm in plaster!
The house runs on electric pumps and tank water. It is vitally important not to waste water.
I prefer couples with a strong male to do the work I can't. That said, I've had some fantastic girls work here.
To stay here you must come prepared with strong shoes with good tread, long pants made from strong material, an old shirt you don't mind getting paint/dirt on, a hat for the sun, work gloves, insect repellent and sun cream.
For good workers I am happy to show you around this beautiful area. If we have to work longer one day because it's easier to finish a task as we are already dirty, sweaty etc. we can work less the next and go exploring.
Often the work is dictated by the weather. If a job needs to be finished because it's going to rain, please use your initiative and work faster!
I have unlimited internet, and will really appreciate all help to teach me how to use it!!
Some of the days trips can include Rainbow Beach, Carlo Sandblow, Fraser Island, Noosa National Park, Timberwah Bluff, Mary River, Mothar Mountain, Mt Cooroora, Maleny, Montville, Mapleton, paddle boarding and yacht racing.
There isn't a lot of 'night life' close by. If this is your thing, better to choose another place. If you enjoy nature, solitude away from the 'backpacker' hustle and bustle. This is your place.
Look forward to hearing from you.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
I taught English as a second language for six years in Brunei on Borneo. I can help with language skills, but also I have a keen interest in world politics, carbon footprint, banning Monsanto...and therefore enjoy a lively dinner conversation. I can teach you how to use gardening equipment, teach you about the weeds and plants. Also I'm happy to do some day trips for hard workers. This area is very beautiful!
This is a 5.5 acre property, which needs constant maintenance. For two years I had volunteers here. I was very lucky with the wonderful people I met and the help I received. I am trained to 'teach English as a second language' so can help out your language skills. I am not the world's greatest cook, but if you would like to cook I'll be the second chef!
You will have your own room with a good mattress and rural view. We share the bathroom, the toilet is separate.
You must not be terrified of spiders and snakes, there live here and don't understand why people scream at them!
Seriously, yes, all manner of cute and not so cute wildlife lives here, but I can almost guarantee you won't be in any danger from the wildlife!
The work is varied and obviously must fit in the the weather. Always mowing and weeding, burning off, painting various items etc.
You will need to have work clothes, strong gloves, closed in shoes, hat.
If you know how to work a brush cutter or a chain saw, all the better.
I enjoy taking people sight seeing, particularly if they work hard!
My two horses, dog and cat absolutely love visitors and sulk for days after they go!
Own room, fresh sheets, doonas, towels etc. Full use of house equipped with games, videos, Netflix, books, hammocks, very comfortable couches next to the fire.
The thing most helpers do first is climb nearby Mt Cooroora. There are too many beaches to mention. Some with good surf. Wonderful walks through National Parks, Eumundi Market, the Australia Zoo (the Steve Irwin family), visit Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Montville, Mapleton, Maleny, the Crystal Waters Commune, all the interesting country towns in the Hinterland.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week