The Farm is a 33 acre property overlooking Fraser Island, in Hervey Bay and includes 27 acres of remnant forest which will never be developed. The forest is an oasis for bird life, kangaroos and other animals and is great for walking. We are 10 minutes from Hervey Bay and 10 minutes for the Fraser Island Barge that leaves from River Heads. Ten years ago, we started a vegetable and fruit garden using permaculture principles based on Linda Woodrow’s methods. We have been growing fruit and vegetables in an organic manner where chooks are part of the garden and recycling and re-using is premium. We let nothing organic leave site, either composting, mulching, feeding to chooks or repurposing.
We have loved the journey and the bounty this has supplied and are now scaling this up. One of our goals is to share our experiences with others to generate the same types of interest in sustainable food production.
John works full time on our dream, whilst Heidi works full time and is around on weekends and school holidays.
Help in the house
Our project is at the early stages of establishment, and is not yet operating as a functioning farm. We do, however, have a large, well established permaculture patch/garden which we are upscaling and this gives a really good idea for what we are trying to achieve.
We have made many sustainable life choices and are happy to share our experiences with you. We have an abundance of nature, kangaroos visit daily and the bird life is amazing.
We ask for 4 to 5 hours of work per day per person. This could include soil preparation, pruning, mulching, vegetable patch work, caring for the chooks and general home maintenance. If you have any specific skill base or interest we are open to negotiation. We vary this work, and at the moment there is an expectation of around 2 - 3 hours per day of rock picking, and weeding. There is always lots of work in the vege patch and garden and other varied tasks depending on our needs and your skills.
You will need your own hat, closed in shoes and water bottle.
The volunteers that we have had so far have enjoyed their time with us and have been happy to join in with our family and extended family. You will stay in the two bedroom flat downstairs, with its own bathroom, kitchenette, dining area and lounge room. We have one room with a queen sized bed and one with two king singles. There is a TV, DVD player and old style WII.
You prepare your own breakfasts and lunches from food we provide and then we all join together for our evening meal. We are happy to work with you on dietary requirements but if you have specific needs you may need to provide your own or help guide us. We eat a mixed diet and tend to eat a lot of plant based meals with our seasonal vege. We give you all your food, but not treats or alcohol, though we are happy to pick them up for you or take you shopping so you can select you own.
Internet access is available close to the house, and is unlimited - but it does vary in speeds.
While you are here, you should make time to go to Fraser Island. We are very flexible and happy to work around dates that you can access which are cheaper for you. Many of our volunteers have found great deals on the “Book Me” website. You would be welcome to leave your property here where it would be safe if you do choose to visit. Additionally, we strongly suggest that you plan for at least a one night overnight stay on Fraser Island; many of our volunteers have done the day tour and loved it, but all say they wished they’d stayed for longer as they felt like they only had a glimpse and not enough time to experience all it has to offer. Those people who stayed for two or three nights seem to have had the best experiences. We are also aware that some companies do dual booking between the Whit Sundays and Fraser Island and they have been both popular and economical. As long as you book your trip to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay we are happy to drive you to where you need to be. If you book from Rainbow Beach, then you will have to arrange your own transport as it is about an hour and a half away.
We have two bicycles and helmets which we are happy to share so you can spend a day or afternoon in Hervey Bay exploring and experiencing all that our fabulous community has to offer.
There is no public transport to our home, but we are happy to drive into Hervey Bay so you can see our beautiful beaches, piers, parks and lifestyle.
There are some lovely walks in the remnant forest on our block and it is always lovely to watch the kangaroos that visit daily.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week