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

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Last Updated: March 20, 2018

I Olly and Ethan (ten year old son) are looking for people to share our everyday life.†

Looking for outgoing, fit active, fun, mature, open minded people. People who love the outdoors, don't mind getting hands dirty, are healthy, adventurous. Must be able to look after themselves, share everyday living with people, preparing meals, organising days off, be it on the farm or trips around the area for swimming, sightseeing.

There is a minimum of 1 week trial to make sure we all get on and you are enjoying your stay. Special preference to, people with the following experiences, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, fitness, physio, horse training skills, decorating, building skills. For any of the previous mentioned skills I would be prepared to consider giving you pocket money.

Join me and Ethan to organise our week together doing activities (yoga, acro yoga,swimming, mountain bike rides, bush walking, living chores (cleaning,cooking, gardening, etc), and farm work/maintenance.

A variety of help required at this time to suit everyone;†

At the moment: Mowing, gardening, weeding, cleaning and all house chores. keeping the place clean and tidy, keeping a shopping list, shopping, preparing meals, doing activities with Ethan, organising picnics and trips out.

More specifically different types of help as follows:

1) Ethan has now move to live with mum in Cairns and will be staying with me from Fridays till Sunday/Monday. Weekend activities some based around Ethan, myself and you. You help organise.

2) Painting and fixing up the house and gardening, living chores like; cleaning, preparing meals, making a shopping list, shopping, weeding and taking care of the vegie garden and gardens.

3) For experience horse person. I have 4 horses that have not been handled for a long twelve months or more. 3 are broken in. One has been riden a bit, one is was briken in two years ago with little riding completed, the third was badly treated by a trainer and when taken away to further train (subsquent trainer believes the saddle had not been put on proberly and slip whilst lunging which made her freak out, a special care is needed) and the 4th is too old.
to halter horses
If you have some breaking in training skills that would be so cool.

4) Yogi, fitness budy to set up routine for yoga or other training sessions.

Any yoga, general fitness, physio and Pilates intructors can earn some pocket money outside normal help hours or as part of the help. Just let me know.

I do attend local yoga and crossfit classes for anyone who would like to attend. I will have to speak to the crossfit owner for anyone eanting to attend. Yoga classes are on a walk in basis with varied paying passes.

I am on a mission to rehab physical and mental wellbeing. (So a healthy diet is very important)

A) attemting to improve my right knee and ankle strength and flexibilty. Old injury from motorbike accident and have been getting problems with both knee and ankle in the last 18months.†

B) calcific tendonitis in both shoulders. Received shickwave therapy in August and September whilst in the UK. Now working on strentgh and mobility.

C) overall strength, flexibilty and mobilty.

I have been doing yoga for 5 nonths and see myself at an intermediate level (practicing advance moves - headstands and handstands).
I enjoy all levels and types of yoga. All types and levels serve a purpose. I am hingry to learn more and practice.

5) on hold. Help with farm maintence work who could help with clearing lantana, saplings, fencing, road works, mowing and sharing the cooking and cleaning.

We need people who are fit, outgoing willing to dive in to my way of life of living, working and doing social activities together on a daily basis; organising and planning our days. You must be energetic, fun, self motivated, keen to learn, good listeners and keen to get involved, people who like to be getting on with things and not sit around waiting. At times we all need our own space and I respect that.

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).†

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,medidate, do yoga, get fit, go running or read a book. Whatever takes your fancy.

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.

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 peopleís 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. Itís a reasonably sunny and dry climate, and Hey hardly any mossyís 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 donít 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 whoís 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 Ė healthy mind healthy body), wildlife, the environment, existenceÖ. 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 youíre 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 Ö) 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 20ís. 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 itís 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 lifeís 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 havenít 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 trained to ride, one around 22 and the otjer 14 years (minto too old - and Leo to be looked at as greenn broke), but have not been riden much. The other two, Bella and Montana have been started.

The paint (Bella about 9 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 Iím sure she could come good.

The grey (about 22 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. Iím 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.

Montana 4-5 years. My ex's horse (be very carefull with. I would not want to get in trouble) has been started in yards and paddock. Sbout 18months ago. Notjing since

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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