Join us at our sustainable hobby farm in the Bulga Forest, New South Wales, Australia



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    Because of the Covid situation, we'd especially like to encourage longer stayers with their own camping setups but there are also 2 guest bedrooms in a wing off the verandah of our house available, one with 3 single beds and the other with a queen bed, so everyone is most welcome to come and experience our great lifestyle.
    Those with previous gardening/ building , and physical work skills are especially needed now !

    Our place consists of our homemade wooden house (built 1980-84) , contoured food-tree swales and caged orchard/gardens , embedded in open forest on our beautiful mountain ( Bulga ) Plateau, 2 hours west of Port Macquarie NSW (also 23km from Ellenborough Falls & the town of Elands, 68km from Taree). 40 yrs off the grid on solar power in 1000acres of wild forest/rainforest surrounded by cascading river spa pools. Great friends and local community, transitioning away from fossil fuels and engaged in landcare projects and environmental activism.
    In November2019, towards the end of our worst drought on record, our whole Plateau was surrounded by a ring of fires and while much of our forested land was burned, the Plateau land and our house and gardens amazingly survived unscathed. ( we were trapped by the suddenness of the blaze out on the fireground all night in our 4WD as we tried unsucessfully to escape ). Since then, the forest regrowth has been stupendous and we've never seen it so green and lush !!
    We are always enthusiastic, busy and really appeciative of those who'd like to join in both in food growing and building Sues' new stone cabin as well as various community projects like the Oxygen Farm, the Old Mill, Recombobulation Centre and protests against logging for Woodchip to burn for electricity (this is pure madness in our climate crisis).
    Hope to see you in the near future. cheers Heather

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Sustainable living and a low carbon footprint is our aim and I'm pleased to tell you that we are doing quite well and that the whole system just gets better and better year by year,( of course, with the invaluable help from our multicultural visitor exchanges.)

  • Aide


    We are now into our third year of recovery after our place was scorched by the 2019 bushfires and tanks, fences sheds and all "hipstoric" cabins destroyed. However the house, gardens, orchard and swales survived the blaze and we are actively working both on the home front and around the community, generally trying to recombobulate. We always welcome help from and the company of intrepid Nature lovers who want to come out and help make a difference .
    Both Dave and I are Zoologists and keen bird watcher/naturalists, loving to guide you to mountain lookouts, rainforest creeks, fantastic sculptured rock pools and cascades of the Doyles River (which wraps around our,now 940 wild acres and drops over 200m in 2kms).
    The summer garden is in and we have vegies new to many,such as Okinawa Spinach, native Warrigal Greens,Purslane,Fat Hen and Kale; also loads of salad vegies and herbs that come direct to our lunchtime feasts. The well stocked pantry of home made produce, includes herbed olives, walnuts, macadamia nuts, bamboo shoots, assorted jams,pickles, bottled fruits,sauces and cordial and we are bottling peaches and making blackberrry jam atm.
    Meals are cooked on the old faithful wood stove which also supplies hot water.
    Our son Dylan has GPS mapped 31kms of tracks on the land and is developing bike trails which you can explore.
    We have an electric mountain bike for you to try.
    Our local community is actively transitioning to a resilient future beyond fossil fuels and projects like the "Oxygen Farm" Conservation Reserve,Solar array on the local Hall,the Community Health Centre and Old Timbermill regeneratation project can also be part of your experience.
    You will be genuinely welcomed & appreciated here . We are "off-grid" on solar power with data limited satelite internet and WiFi available. We are happy to pick you up from the closest towns - Wingham/ Taree/ Port Macquarie but as it is a 3 to 4 hr return trip we need for you to plan for a one week minimum stay if you don't have your own transport.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement


    Our home has a verandah all around and a covered walkway to the guest bedroom wing close to Daves room. Heather has a sepatate living space above the main house.
    Sue who came as a wwoofer before the fires and stayed , now has a caravan and is building a bush cabin on the site of the one which was lost in the fires.
    Other helpers can also come with an independent camping setup (near to the main house) . Flush toilet(septic) and composting toilet. Woodstove runs cooking and hot water to shower in inside bathroom. Satelite TV,WiFi and internet,skype. No mobile phone reception at house but can get it about 4 kms away on road to Elands. There are also 2 guest bedrooms in a wing off the verandah of our house, one with 3 single beds and the other with a queen bed,

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We enjoy taking our helpers on bushwalks and to local beauty spots and community events . The Ellenborough Falls in our local village 22kms away is the second longest single drop waterfall in the southern hemisphere (200m) but there are several other waterfalls and the Oxygen Farm Conservation Reserve and an old Sawmill which is now a community owned company hosting diverse events. Work is flexible depending on weather conditions and tasks we need to complete so we try for a good balance of work and recreation and are happy to take our visitors out sightseeing in our local area.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Have wifi and satelite internet but only limited data so can be used for basic email communication but not movies

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    4 Wheel Drive campervans (2WD in dry) . Not really big rigs as road in has one steepish hill.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day,most days but tours and walks/swims/rides in local area as weather appropriate.

N° de référence hôte : 855434325183