Come and learn our unique techniques of working with the fragile western soils and ecosystems as well as retaining two sustainable businesses for wool and beef production in Coonamble, Australia



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 Estancia mínima:  Al menos una semana

  • Descripción


    This is a 8000 acre merino sheep and cattle property run by Dougal and Susan. The property also is home to numerous donation pets such as Susan's goats, ducks, geese and chickens as well as the normal dogs and Zorro the housecat. (Many see our farm as an animal refuge)
    The old homestead has a large garden and pool as well as two smaller self contained accommodation cottages. We have hosted numerous backpackers mostly from Europe and Susan welcomes conversation as Dougal has been deaf from birth.
    We organise the farm on an eco sustainable basis with all grazing monitored to retain soil cover and utilising microbes to boost soil microbiological health to promote healthier pastures. We ceased farming conventionally some 12 years ago and now direct drill any (seasonally) opportunistic crops into dormant pastures. Over the years this has dramatically improved soil health. We do not use chemicals unless entirely necessary for noxious weeds.
    This is also a refuge for many species of birds and frogs. We have had "twitchers" here who have registered as many of 60 species of birds before breakfast around the lake and the adjacent area.
    We are proud of the environment which we foster and like to share and encourage others in similar endeavours.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Mantenimiento general
    Ayuda en una granja
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Ayuda doméstica
    Cuidado de animales

  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Visitors will learn our unique techniques of working with the fragile western soils and ecosystems as well as retaining two sustainable businesses for wool and beef production. Dougal's knowledge of animal husbandry is locally acknowledged as well as the superiority of his wool production.

    Susan has had a background in international finance and lived in Europe for some years before coming to here. She has retained her interest in sustainable farming by both practice and promotion through various organisations.
    Susan has a working knowledge of rudimentary German and French.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda


    A willingness to listen and observe is important when working with a deaf person. Communication is by way of a person speaking face to face, slowly and clearly(not loudly) as Dougal lip reads extremely well.
    We both enjoy having visitors working with us on our daily tasks, be it mustering sheep, feeding cattle or just weeding the vegetable patch or emptying the chook bucket.

    At present Susan is attempting to increase the lake area and island sanctuary area within the lake to enable more wetland birds to shelter there unhindered by foxes. As winter approaches we are also picking citrus fruit for the annual marmalade production for family and friends.

    Whatever the season, there is always something to do here.

  • Idiomas hablados

    Inglés: Fluido
    Alemán: Intermedio
    Francés: Intermedio

  • Alojamiento


    We can offer self contained cottage accommodation or ensuite bedrooms in the farmhouse. These are a mixture of singles and doubles and the cottages can accommodate up to eight.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    Coonamble(50km) hosts the largest rodeo in the Southern hemisphere on the June weekend.
    Quambone (24km) is the gateway to the Macquarie Marshes, a lengthy system of marshes and creeks that house a very large ibis breeding event each year as well as many other endangered water birds.
    The Warrumbungle mountain range National Park(150km) is a remnant volcanic area which rises out of the plains and offers many scenic walks and native animals.
    Lightning Ridge(225km) is a renowned underground opal field with a festivals at Easter. A walk in mine is open year-round.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

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

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 134752277697