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We are a family of 4, building a straw-bale house and hobby farm on the mid-north Coast of NSW. We bought our 100- acre property just outside the small town of Eungai Creek in 2015. The property is off grid, running entirely off solar power and we collect our own rain water. We have a pizza oven that is used regularly for sharing evenings with friends and enjoying the odd beer and cider that Corey home brews.
We have a 2 dogs, ducks and chickens and are setting up hügelkultur garden beds to grow fruit and vegetables and become self-sufficient.
Sarah, from the UK, has lived in Australia since 2007, Corey grew up on the mid-north coast and knows the local area well. We have 2 girls, 9 and 12. Between us we travelled many countries, before starting our family. We enjoy meeting new people, sharing stories and outdoor living. We hold workshops to teach about natural building and love sharing our project with people.
Our build is a 300m2 U-shaped house, constructed using the load-bearing straw bale method. Approximately 500 bales were used to construct the walls. We have recently moved into the main section of the house and are working on getting the remaining rooms finished. We are re-using and recycling as many different materials as possible. All our doors and windows are second-hand. Flooring and ceiling panels are also built from second hand materials – fence palings, pallets, old timber etc.
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendreAide avec des éco-projetsJardinageBricolage et constructionS’occuper des animauxAide dans une fermeBaby-sitting et jeux créatifsEntretien général
Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
We can help travellers improve their English, learn abut life in rural Australia, and learn about natural building and living sustainably.
Projets impliquant des enfants
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We are looking for an individual or couple to help out for 4 to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. There is flexibility as to the number of hours, and the time of day. Some weekend help may be required as you will be assisting us with the build (which fits around our day jobs), but these days can be swapped for weekdays off.
Helpers looking for a stay of 1 to 2 weeks at a time are ideal, but we may be open to shorter and longer stays.
Some of the tasks involved have a physical element, so a basic level of fitness is required. Some tasks may include the use of power tools and machinery, but only if you are comfortable using them. Some tasks can be completed independently, whilst others will involve assisting us. Training and guidance will be provided where required.
We are looking for helpers that are comfortable working independently and with others, keen to learn new skills, have a good work ethic and take pride in what they do.
Current help involves:
- Dismantling fence palings, sanding, whitewashing and routering the timber, ready to put up as ceilings.
- Assisting with the fitting of corrugated iron to the eaves and gable ends
- Grass cutting and garden work
- Assisting with the building of a lean-to / undercover shelter
- Depending on when you stay, other tasks may be ready
Full training on tasks provided.
If you like children and are interest in babysitting we may take you up on that too!
We can offer a room (single and double bed), and shared access to family bathroom, kitchen and complimentary Wi-Fi.
A combination of meals or ingredients to prepare your own will be provided.
Due to our location it would be an advantage to have your own vehicle. There is no public transport within walking distance. We can help with lifts locally, but due to our work commitments this may be limited. Our property is a 5 minute drive from the Pacific Highway, and Eungai Rail Station and only an hour from regional Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour airports.
About the area:
Eungai Creek is small picturesque township on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, located half way between Sydney and Brisbane, (approx. a 6-hour drive in both directions). It has a population just under 400, and alongside Eungai Rail and the country areas of Allgomerra and Tamban it forms part of the larger community of Eungai.
On the last Sunday of every second month the Funkya @ Unkya Markets are held at the Unkya Community Reserve between Eungai Creek and Engai Rail. They are always busy and vibrant, with live music and a showcase of the best local produce.
The base of Yarrahapinni Mountain, which stands at 498 metres is just a 10 minute drive from Eungai. Yarriabini Lookout, which is just below the summit has the most amazing views across the Macleay Valley to the coast and Trial Bay. Half way up (or down) is the beautiful Pines Picnic area and Way Way Creek rainforest walk.
The coastal beaches of Stuarts Point (15 mins), Scotts Head (20 mins) and South West Rocks (25 mins) are all just a short drive from Eungai.
Stuarts Point is a great spot for beach and river fishing. It is a quiet township sited at the old mouth of Macleay River, with access to the beach through the sand dunes.
Scotts Head has sandy beaches that run for miles. It is a popular surfing and fishing spot and good for families too. Walking tracks provide access to great coastal views and the chance to spot dolphins and whales (May to October).
South West Rocks has an abundance of sights and activities as well as several great cafes and restaurants. It lies at the mouth of the Macleay River and has one of the top 10 diving spots in Australia - Fish Rock Cave where you can swim amongst the grey nurse sharks. Visit Trial Bay Gaol, Smoky Cape Lighthouse, take a fishing charter or explore the endless beaches and National Park.
Bellingen is an historical country picturesque town just 40 minutes north of Eungai Creek. With an eclectic mix of boutique shops, string of good cafés and vibrant community of artisans and artists, Bello celebrates its creativity with the monthly Bellingen Community Markets and several festivals such as Bellingen Music Festival, Bello Winter Music Festival and Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
Just over half an hour's drive inland is Taylors Arm; made famous by Slim Dusty it is the location of the "Pub With No Beer". The Pub itself has plenty of old country charm, beer is a plenty and the meals are both satisfying and very tasty.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads
We have reliable sattelite NBN wi-fi.
Espace pour garer des vans
We have plenty or space for campervans, buses etc if you would prefer to stay in your own space.
Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux
Happy to accept guests with dogs as long as they are sociable with other dogs, child friendly and safe around ducks and chooks. We have a staffy and a terrier. Our staffy can be boisterous and likes to play a lot.
Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?
Nombre d'heures attendues
Maximum 4 to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
thank you Lilly, lottie, Kevin and lavender for having us.
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thank you Lilly, lottie, Kevin and lavender for having us.
Sorry about how long it has taken us to write a review for our amazing stay with you. But time is an illusion so I'm sure you'll forgive us! To be honest words can't quite describe our stay so I'll try to keep it short and sweet. We are so curious as to what has been happening and the progress thats
It ws great having them for an extended period of time. They slotted into our family really well
the place is very very nice, quiet, with kangaroos and lullabies just eating grass in the garden!
I have to say i came up
I hope your birthday was fun!
We stayed with Corey, Sarah, their two daughters and dogs (Kevin and Lavendar) for just 1 week. Our kids had an amazing time playing with the girls - mostly Lego, and we helped out with various tasks on the new house including preparing second hand windows for installation
They are a lovely
Although the time was short, we enjojed our stay a lot. The work atmosphere is chilled and motivating, the room for workawayers in the strawbale house is comfortable and a great experience, the food was fresh and tasty, Sarah and Corey are great openminded hosts and their
Our time here was simply amazing! This placement was both educational and fun. Corey took the time to teach us about the earth build, answering any questions we had. Our typical day consisted of waking up, doing yoga and making tea and breakfast. Having the freedom to choose when we completed our four
The accommodation is lovely with stunning views!
Workload very manageable :grinning:
Would definitely recommend this host family.
We wish them all the best for the future and their home!