We are a family of 5 (dad, mum + 3 young boys) who own and run two beef cattle farms in southern Queensland, Australia. Between the two farms, we have around 650 cows and their offspring. We love our land and what we do and are very passionate about sustainable agriculture.
Our boys attend a terrific little school beside our property, with only 22 other children, and need to move away to boarding school when they begin Year 7 (2020 for our eldest son). We're a fun-loving family and spend our spare time (which we seem to have less and less of lately!!) fishing, water skiing, taking the boys to cricket or footy or cooking dinner on an open fire by a dam or river. Sadly, we are currently experiencing drought conditions on both of our properties which unfortunately makes life a lot more stressful.
Our location is around 1 and a half hours drive from our closest regional township. Our home property is beautiful, (when it rains!) with open grassland, sheer rock ridges and timbered creeks. Our second property is flatter and drier, with 9km of river running through it. We have an abundance of wildlife (including pest species) such as birds, emus, kangaroos, deer, dingoes, goats, fish and all manner of reptiles.
Depending on your circumstances, preference and length of stay, we have the option for visitors to stay either in our home or in one of our farm cottages.
It would be lovely to have some fresh, happy faces around each day for a while to help us get on top of jobs we just can't seem to keep up with.
Niñera / cuidado de niños
Mantenimiento / bricolage
Cocinar / compras
Ayuda en casa
Ayuda con animales
Life on a farm is never dull - you need to be a 'Jack of all trades and master of them too!' I believe that some of the best experiences a traveler can have in Australia are to be had on Aussie farms. Our way of life is so different from those in the cities - both faster and slower in different ways, less constraints and more peaceful. Spending quality time living and working with people on an Australian farm gives you a true insight into Australian agriculture and the challenges and triumphs we experience on a daily basis. We have had a number of international visitors over the past 10 years and still keep in touch with them. They were the kind of people who would give anything a go and they've always maintained that the time they spent on the farm are some of the best memories of their travels.
We would love to host a single or couple who is/are happy to help out with whatever is going on each day. This could include helping out with the boys, household chores and cooking, spring clean, gardening, building maintenance/painting, working with livestock, constructing fences, poisoning weeds in the paddocks.
We have a building maintenance and painting project that could be an option for someone with these specific skills.
Various - short stay singles could stay in our home with us if preferred, however our preference is for visitors to have their own space and privacy when needed in one of our farm cottages/homes. These are basically self-contained, air-conditioned and comfortable. We can provide provisions for meals or they can be shared with us or a bit of both - you can help with the grocery shopping on trips to town to make sure you have what you need. Any special dietary requirement would need to be negotiated with us.
Our location is not 'close' to anywhere in particular but also not considered remote. Groceries and supplies are approximately 150km as is public transport. If you have your own vehicle, that's great. If not, we can arrange to collect you from a suitable location as close as possible.
We need our visitors to be happy and motivated with a 'can do' attitude, willing to pitch in with a smile and some muscle whenever needed. We expect good manners from all members of our family and hope our visitors would show the same. We've loved our time spent with previous travelers and they've invariably left (well longer than their planned departure) with tears and well wishes and promises to keep in touch.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week