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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 105
Persons: 2/3
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 16693
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: October 20, 2017

As at: 19th October 2017 immediate availability for one or two people.

POTENTIAL to EARN pocket money for Yoga Pilates or personal trainers who can give 1 to 1 sessions.

Hi helpers/travellers

We (Olly and Ethan – farther and 10 year old son) looking for volunteers to share our alternate lifestyle on an off the grid 260 acre farm. The farm is picturesque full of native wildlife, woodlands, open paddocks with a permanent creek where you can see platypus. The farm has been set up with alternative lifestyle and energy efficient, totally of the grid (creating our own electricity, collect rain water for drinking, water is gravity fed to troth, orchard and gardens.

Our diet consist of healthy meals lots of fruit, vegetables and meat, but we are happy to welcome anyone regardless off their diets, as we enjoy vegetarian dishes, like to learn more and are quite happy to go without meat a few days a week. If you are a vegan or vegetarian you must be comfortable around meat wether in the kitchen or at the table.

We want volunteers to share our everyday life as if it was their own, and we endeavour to try to make you settle in quickly, and volunteers who would like to experience, enjoy and make the most out of their stay.

I sincerely hope that our profile will connect with you and you will want to contact us and leave your mark here - Leave a little part of yourself here.

Come and make our property your home, with your own accommodation, see the same faces for a few weeks, help to organise and plan things to have fun, relax, and share experiences. Be part of our every day routine and learn about the log cabin build, our farming methods and our lifestyle trying to be self sufficient, go swimming and walks, play games, sports, cards, board games and have discussions with drinks around a bonfire a barbecue, sunbathe and read a book.

The immediate help required will include things as follows:

1) I have just returned from the UK visiting family and focusing on physical and mental wellbeing. Now I am back I would like to continue and hope to find volunteers who are keen fitness people to help me exercise, Yoga, Pilates, Spin, Circuit training; someone who’d be happy to set up a training regime. I want to focus on strength, balance and flexibility. The right person could earn some pocket money as per personal trainer for a few hours per week.

2) 1 person or share looking after Ethan, getting him ready for school 7:45 am and after school. You must be active to do sports and outdoor activities. 7:45am till 9:45am. Also morning duties, feed chickens, water vegies garden, stock up firewood.
Afternoon from 3:10pm till 6pm arranging and doing outdoor activities after school.

3) help with other living chores like; cleaning, preparing meals, making a shopping list, shopping, weeding and taking care of the vegie garden and gardens.

4) Also, sometimes and depending on each individual they could help with farm maintenance work; clearing lantana, saplings, fencing, road works, mowing and sharing the cooking and cleaning.

Everyone must be able to prepare/cook meals.

Minimum two weeks stay, but if we all get on and you are enjoying your time I would prefer longer stays 4 weeks or more.

If you speak French or Spanish I would like you to introduce Ethan to your language by saying a few words every time you do activities or playing. Like let's go for a walk, let's play football, run, sit, etc.

Any age, but it would be a benefit if you are over 25 years (for our insurance to drive our car) and have drivers licence to share some of the driving, but it is not essential.

For anyone who enjoys their stay, we get on well and who is willing to stay longer than three weeks I can offer a little pocket money after that initial period.

Please read on if you are interested as there is a lot more info about us.

Ethan and I would love to find friendly person (s) who loves nature, animals and the outdoors, children, swimming, picnics, like to eat healthy food, who is fit, active, easy going and ready to help create a better more fun environment.

The property is really suited for, and I would prefer, active/sporty people who like to run, cycle, training, Pilates, yoga, meditate, etc. We have mountain bikes, exercise bike, weights that you can use.

Having people’s company is very much appreciated, as otherwise we are mainly alone living and working. Having a good environment to work and to live together is very important for me. It is wonderful having friendly faces around to do activities and help. It is so nice to see Ethan and people having fun!

Looking forward to hear from you,

STATUS: off grid farming beef cattle and land management - Small 260 Cattle Ranch

More on help required:

1) Keeping the place clean and tidy, keeping a shopping list, shopping and preparing meals and doing activities with Ethan;

2) Farm maintenance, fences, cattle branding, etc..

3) Off-grid maintenance, clearing water trenches for hydro power.


1) Farm aesthetics
8) PRESENT LIFE and Farm
9) HISTORY: Past Life:

1) Farm aesthetics (see facebook photos)
We are lucky to have a beautiful 260 acre farm based on the Atherton Tablelands, with many of the unique Australian landscapes (rolling hills, mixed forests, permanent and seasonal creeks, dam), nature and wildlife, as well as many personal experiences. The humidity is much lower then on the coast; as the elevation ranges 880m to 960 m above see level. It’s a reasonably sunny and dry climate, and Hey hardly any mossy’s here!

It would be greedy not to share it all, so we hope for those of you that stay with us, that you enjoy our tranquil place and gain experiences and memories that stay with you for a long time. My aim is for everyone to get close and become long term friends, where we can always share life together however far apart.

For more photos, updates and information we have added a FACEBOOK page, see link above. We hope it helps get a better picture for you to decide.


We are looking for mature, fit, active, good humoured, friendly, fun, sociable (even if shy at first), open minded
self motivated, organised, keen to learn and who don’t mind getting their hands dirty.

All helpers must be must be clean and tidy and happy to prepare meals (light lunches, normally left-overs and salads and cooked meals in the evening).


Building a good environment to share a part of our every day life together is very important for me. Before I came to Australia I loved being involved in groups and created groups to have the environment I thrived on. Within these groups I always appreciated those that took part in the organising and create the environment.

Planning the weekend, going out doing touristy things (taking and preparing what we need for the day lunch, shopping list bags, etc.) , swimming, shopping, pub, outdoor movies, barbecue and large fire, having drinks, walks, etc., and so on. Basically, if you are outgoing and enthusiastic to join in the creation of your time here we can have a fun time and feel rewarded on what we achieve together.

4) WHO WE ARE: Ethan likes to read, write stories (and read them to you), role play, eg being knights fighting whilst exploring the creek, making dens, playing football, table tennis, swimming, and all outdoor activities. Indoors playing lego, cards, board games, xbox, watch movies. He always asks me who’s coming, when are the next backpackers coming?

I've (Olly) always loved everything the world has to offer, people, nature, cities, outdoor, beach, mountains, the sun, meeting and talking to people, exercise, sports (health body healthy mind – healthy mind healthy body), wildlife, the environment, existence…. I am open minded and accept every dimension.

I enjoy discussing life, finding out about the people staying with us. I also believe having people around is important for Ethan's grwowing up, learning amd development..

5) EXCHANGE OFFER (what else we provide):

As well as all the things mentioned above, we provide a self contained accommodation and all food included. Also, trips out, mountain biked to use, language practice by reading out loud and practicing pronunciation and explained words you do not understand, social outings to friends (great for speaking and practicing your English).

In exchange for 25 hrs work or there abouts contribution per week + minimum cooking 2/3 evening meals per person: if you cook more often then you help less during the day.

This is great opportunity for those that want to learn and experience a different way of life. I can show you how to use and allow you to practice using power tools, drill, circular saw, angle grinder etc.. Why not learn to drive a tractor, ride-on mower.

We are flexible and I understand that when living with us you’re life still goes on and it is important to me that you are able to give you time to address those things. If I can assist I am always there to help.

The self contained accommodation is locate next to our creek and about 500m across from the main house, see facebook page for photos. There is a large lounge kitchen diner, shower (also out door shower) and toilet and 2 bedrooms. You may have to share at times (couple or girls have the larger bedroom). Mobile reception is not the best at the accommodation, but still works well outside. Optus and Telstra are the best. At the house there is very good reception and free Wi-Fi for people who like to keep in touch with family.

You will not need to leave our farm to find wildlife as it is here. In the State forest there are a lot of bush walking/running areas. I enjoy taking our helpers for walks and showing them around. We have three mountain bikes available for helpers and we can go out into the forest take picnic and explore. You may want to go running (a favourite with helpers), swim in the creek or dam (rowing in a boat), or just enjoy the privacy to read a book, sunbathe plenty of sun and privacy, relax, etc.

There is plenty of wildlife on our property: animals you are likely to see, PLATYPUS (we have a permanent creek that meanders approx. 1.3klm through the property) Wallabies, Kangaroos, possums, iguanas, butterflies, turtles, lizards, wild pigs, dingoes and many birds.

8) PRESENT LIFE and Farm: Also living with us is Indy our small dog, chickens, cows and horses (see below) and lots and lots of the wildlife.

I am not a farmer, but try my best to sustain our living. I am learning all the time. I am trying to make the farm sustainable, by improving the land soil quality (water retention) and forest (redressing past practices- in the hope of carbon trading will pay back or at least stop our human encroachment on a small part of the planet), as well as adding tourist accommodation

We run around 30-35 breeding cattle and calves and produce our own beef, roast, sausages, mince, steaks etc... There is a small non commercial orchard and small vegetable garden, which both in need of care.

The farm does not have any government or private provided services. When we bought the property one of the first things I had to renovate a small dwelling to live in, set up off-grid power - solar and micro hydro from the creek, install rain water tanks to use for drinking water, and pipe creek water for the workshop and animal troths. We also use both gas and wood as fuel for cooking and heating water. We do not have rubbish collection and have to clean everything and try to recycle as much as we, so not to have to drive to the dump too frequently (at the moment about once every three months). Additionally, I've also converted a shed to live in, set up cattle yards, a vegie garden and an orchard.

9) HISTORY: my background- Past Life: I have travelled fairly extensively and worked overseas. I (Olly) was born in Belgium (son of an artist and well …) and moved to the UK when I was young. With great determination after an eventful childhood and challenging development into adulthood I returned to Europe working in Paris and Madrid in my early 20’s. I still speak French reasonably and (Spanish rusty) and enjoy language exchange. On my return to the UK I missed mixing with different cultures so much that I started a European Club (all nationalities). I enjoy meeting, talking to new people from around the globe.

I was born to an English mother and Belgium farther and lived in England from the age of ten. I found it hard to get close to the English people and way of life and in part that is what drove me to create my own environment, start a European club, travel and live aboard. It changed my life.

This is food for thought (read and over time your mind will digest to either neglect, start new thinking and grow the thoughts into your own understandings):- I believe that humanity; society and individuals need to minimize their footprint on the planet. The physical and mental human development has to fit (be sustainable) in the environment and nature.

I hope one day the human race as one starts to discuss and manage population size, as I believe it’s the only way to return wildlife, reduce extinction that is occurring on a daily basis and allow evolution to continue evolving new life. We need to learn from the environment, how we evolve and the more diverse the environment is the wider and better the studies can be made. There is enough for each individual to learn/study about life’s existence, where they fit in its journey, who they are, how they need live to be happy, enjoy life and fill it full of energy, and develop and grow over the years . Love to talk to you further about this.

I hope you enjoy your stay with us and make new long term friends.

All the best on your travels!!!

We have four horses and are mentioned individually below. We haven’t had the time to ride for a long time, which is a shame as we have State Forest on three sides and so many places to explore on horseback.

They are trained at different levels, two are trained, but have not been written much:
The paint (Bella about 8 years) was badly handled when we sent her to a new trainer; he sent her back saying he could train her. When I saw her I was shocked to see her so petrified. Another well respected trainer worked with her to comfort her and her relation with humans and tack. Unfortunately, we were not able to continue to rebuild the bond as the trainer no longer did training on properties and now only works from his new property. She is approachable and in the right hands I’m sure she could come good.

The grey (about 20 years? and came with the property) had a few issues gained previous to our ownership. She was owned by a young girl, and her and her friends did barrel racing pulling too tight on reins, wiping to go faster, etc...

The Chestnut (Leo 14 years old) is a lovely horse, but a bit timid and squeamish, so people have to be very good riders as he can get spooked by things like branches falling and turn quickly or take off a few yards. I’m sure if we were able to ride him frequently he would gain lots of confidence and security from us. He is a horse that is keen to please you, wants your approval and he would benefit from the security that an experience rider could give him.

Anyone with the right experience and desire is welcomed to spend time with the horse, to make friendships, assess, ride and work with them.

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