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Area (ha): .2
Persons: Single or couple
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 17046
Region: Western Australia

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Last Updated: October 31, 2017

HELP NEEDED NOW with gardening and cleaning. Prefer physically strong, independent, competent single person who has already had work experience.

Would you like to attend the famous Bridgetown Blues Festival on 10-12 November?

To stay here during the 2.5 day festival, you'll need to do at least a week of good work before the music starts. You can also get free tickets to attend the closed venue events by volunteering to help with running the Blues events.


It's a lovely half-acre garden property situated on a hillside with views out over the forest and within easy walking distance to the centre of Bridgetown, a sweet little town with cafes, pubs and specialty shops. The house is only 400 metres from the Blackwood River, where you can enjoy canoeing, Sunday Markets and walking along scenic walkways.

You'll be provided with comfortable accommodation in a quiet and relaxed home set in a lovely scenic location amid rolling hills and forest. I have a room available for a couple or two singles. Bridgetown is 270kms from Perth and is centrally located for day trips to see the many tourist attractions within 150km radius. Google Bridgetown and nearby towns such as Manjimup, Pemberton, Donnybrook, Balingup, Nannup and Bunbury.

For Nature lovers, my garden is a sanctuary for many colourful wild birds and you can meet kangaroos and emus at a location quite close to here. There are plenty of opportunities for photography, bush-walking in the forest and discovering Australian wildflowers.

I prepare good, healthy meals and can cater for gluten-free guests, as well as meat-eaters. There is wifi and a spare laptop for those who need to keep in touch with friends in far places. Phone calls to fixed line phones within Australia are free, so it's a good place to stay while you're seeking paid work elsewhere.

I have traveled throughout Asia and South America and I'm interested to hear about your travels and culture at home. I'm also happy to help those who want to improve their conversational English. (But, sorry, I'm not able to host people who do not speak at least a basic standard of conversational English. You must be able to understand work instructions in English.)

Also, I cannot sign Second Year Visa applications because this is a house in town, not a farm. However I have friends who own orchards and farms, so there may be opportunities for jobs in nearby towns for Helpxers who demonstrate good work habits.


My illness prevents me from undertaking a lot of the physical tasks I used to be able to do so I need help in my garden, with landscaping projects and some maintenance and renovation work that needs to be done on the house. I need helpers capable of doing physical work.


If you're a guest in my home I expect you to be honest, respectful, considerate and reliable in keeping agreements. You'd also need to be willing to work unsupervised and have an open and flexible attitude, because work plans may change dependent upon what's most urgently required at any given moment.

Since we're all adults now, when the day's work is finished you need to be capable of taking care of yourself and participating in household duties as would be expected in a "share house". I enjoy cooking, but prefer guests to help out with food preparation and dishes when asked. I also expect you'll be capable of pushing a vacuum cleaner or broom and hanging out laundry when required. You need to be conscious of conserving resources such as water and electricity too.

My immune system is lowered because I'm currently undertaking treatment for a chronic illness, so I can't host anyone who is carrying an infection or virus, especially the flu. Sorry, but one sick person in the house is enough. :(

If you're a big junk-food eater, you won't find those foods on the menu here. There are shops within walking distance if you want to buy your own "extras". I am also intolerant drunks and heavy drug users. Smoking is not permitted inside the house, but ok outside.


Mostly, you need to bring a positive attitude and a willingness to work, have fun and get the jobs done! I prefer guests who are easy-going, have a good sense of fun and a playful attitude. You'll need to bring work clothes and boots, a hat, insect repellent, sunscreen and sunglasses.


Please email for further contacts details.

For those needing public transport, contact or call the TransWA Booking Centre on 1300 6622 05. There's a train from Perth to Bunbury which connects with a bus coming to Bridgetown every day.

If this sounds like your kind of helper experience, I look forward to hearing from you soon. :)

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