We are Kimbra and Volker,with our permanent guest Seraina and our dog Shiro. We maintain a hydro generator to supply our house with electricity.We rely on wood fired heating and cooking, so firewood collection is always a priority. Kimbra is an eco-dyer, and can pass on this knowledge if interested. Volker makes bio-fuel for our vehicles.
November-March: In Summer accommodation can be camping/van bed/ or room in main house, sharing kitchen space, gas facilities/woodfired cooking/campfire cooking. We are in the the process of creating a wild place camping and visiting area. There is a lovely swimming hole for hot days.
Our campground project is ongoing, marking out campsites, building the required facilities, track clearing, fire pits, firewood etc etc. We are off-grid and surrounded by natural bushland in a valley setting with spectacular sandstone cliffs and a natural waterway supplying our water and power.
This includes working towards a large garden space, outdoor baths, walking tracks, picnic areas, and campsites, with all the additional infrastructure-toilets, showers etc.
April-September: As the cooler months kick in we return to our house, and need help on restoration projects inside and out, as the house and garden are always needing work. Accommodation will be in the house or separate studio, depends on the current projects. There will be road maintenance, building demolition,fencing, garden work. And firewood... did I mention the firewood already?Our home is in a unique and special part of the world, and is isolated and quiet.
We aim for a complete sustainable life, and have lived off-grid for over 30 years.We don't run any livestock, and have no immediate plans to in the future, but there is one friendly dog Shiro and 1 turkey (Sonny). Our property covers approximately 350 acres (111 Hectares) of mostly native bush with abundant wildlife and native birds. Our aim is to leave the land in better shape than when we arrived here, and we need help to realise this dream.
We are not close to transport options, but can meet and colllect you from nearby New Norfolk.If you want a peaceful off-grid experience, please consider applying.
*️Please note: We have limited access to internet, and phone reception is not consistent, so unless you can live without constant connectivity, think about this before you apply.Thanks for reading, and we look forward to welcoming you.
Pratique d’une langue
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Here you are in a natural wild area, where the Tasmanian bush and its ecosystem are at your fingertips. There is no light pollution, no neighbours, and a great way to escape from the pressure and struggle of the mundane and really live in the outdoors and experience Tasmania's nature. We never have large groups here, and even when there are others around, you will find it easy to locate quiet spots for contemplation and refreshing! We call it the RE-BOOT camp! Kimbra's natural dying process is another way you can learn new skills, and Volker has many skills to pass on too.You might learn to use tools and vehicles, or milling timber, or help to build a new cabin using materials completely sourced from the land right here! or help to create a tiny house….or learn about making bio-diesel, or get involved in an art project...lots of possibilities.
Projects completed in 2017/2018:
New bike stand, toilet re-build and re-paint, and relocate, log bridge hand rail rebuild, track clearing and maintenance, vegetation clearing, gate repair, and installation, fence and entrance re-design, road maintenance.Firewood collection, Truck refit, signs and bins painted.Campground maintenance.
Projects underway: Shower/bath building, fire pots built, footbridge, garden works.
Murals on market van, track clearing, new signs, two new campsites, netting over grow tunnels, hammock corner, eco dying, gardens,jam making,outdoor shower,safety cupboard mural,herb gardens/potted herbs.
COVID 19: after 2 years of limited travellers, we have had no workawayers, and have more jobs than ever. We miss our international and national visitors, and hope we can re-kindle as our borders re-open.
2020-2022: Due to the pandemic we have been impacted here, and travellers have been few and far between, so we have not had any workawayers in these years...we are looking forward to re-connecting and hosting new guests soon.
We need fit energetic adventurous helpers, with a love of the outdoors, and enthusiasm to try new things. We provide healthy mostly vegetarian food, shared meals or seperate.
GARDEN: There is a large fenced area which needs fence repairs and then working the soil, weeding, clearing rocks, and planning and planting the garden- herbs, fruit, and flowers & some walls as wind protection, art installations and functional sitting places.
FIREWOOD: At all times, firewood collection is part of the day-to-day operation, and needs constant re-stocking.
TRACK CLEARING: there are some walking tracks here, but they need maintaining and more to be built-to the base of the sandstone cliffs, and a circuit trail to the top block, and a riverside walk trail are all on the future plan.There is a swimming hole which needs its access track maintained through the Summer.
We collect up all the old bits and pieces left from the former owners, and re-use and re-cycle wherever we can. We try not to create waste and always look for ways to repurpose old stuff, saving on expenses, and using our creativity to re-see items. So you can use your ingenuity and have some fun!
SIGNAGE: If you like to do sign writing-we need some maps and signs for the various tracks and camping areas.
GARDEN: We have a herb garden project under way with all that entails!
FLOWERS: Iris and narcissus farm in progress, planting and designing beds and pathways, sitting areas,and bulbs to re-locate. February and March and April is planting time for narcissus!
BUILDING: Dec: help complete building related work on our pole house, our studio needs a deck, our bath house needs completion, there are roofs to mend, and restoration to begin...always things to do!
A lovely old van which is now a sleep-out, tents available for accommodation. We have several tents, these are the best option available in the summer months.
April-September: room in house, shared facilities.
Situated within the Derwent Valley a 40 minute drive/bus ride to Hobart city, 30 minutes to MONA, or access to the South-West wilderness, trout fishing waters, Mt Field National Park, spectacular forest and scenery abounds.There is a regular bus service, but you need your own transport to get to our place, although we can arrange to collect guests from the bus, we don't go out daily. The local town has a good range of shopping-pubs, petrol and food (large supermarket) also community garden for fresh produce.We are always busy on one or other project, we spend as much time on our property as possible, and prefer to keep our outside work to a minimum. We have limited wifi/ and phone reception, our satellite connection is not constant, and can drop out unexpectedly but if you need to connect it is possible in some areas of the property.It will depend on your service carrier, and sometimes the weather, or the time of day. As we only use our internet for necessary stuff there is no movie download/surfing/games access in our world.We consider the world outside our window of much greater significance. We get reasonable radio reception, and devices can be charged at the cabin or the house.If you can't live without your mobile devices, this is probably not your ideal destination.We also suggest you have sturdy footwear, workboots or gumboots are good, work gloves for your hands too. We have some spare gear, but not a full range of sizes. If you are ready to experience outdoor life, and learn some new skills in a quiet remote space, with wildlife for company, pack your wet weather gear, and a sense of adventure, and we are ready for you!
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We can offer several spaces for vans at our campsite area, best time is the Summer and Autumn, as the creek level can limit accessiblity to amenities.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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