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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3 1/2
Persons: 2, possibly more
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 20701
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: September 4, 2017

We are a fun family with 3 children (8, 13 & 16), cats, dogs, chickens and horses.

Our home is a large, comfortable mud-brick house that has been hand crafted using reclaimed materials. We live 15 minutes South of the border of NSW and Victoria where the famous Murray River flows. The countryside around us is attractive and there are fantastic views from the hill behind our home.

There are miles of walking trails joining our land if you are into adventuring. There are usually kangaroos around, as well as occasional echidnas and wombats.

Albury/Wodonga is a popular stopping point for people travelling between Sydney and Melbourne. We are approximately 3-4 hours from either Melbourne or Canberra, 5-7 hours from Sydney.

The accommodation here is your own room, either with a gorgeous queen-size four-poster bed, or one of two single beds. Both rooms are in a separate part of the house and are away from the rest of the family. We prefer helpx guests to stay for approximately one to two weeks. We love people to stay longer, but always begin with a few days to make sure everybody is comfortable before committing to longer stays.

Meals are mostly vegetarian, (we occasionally have seafood). We make most things from whole foods. If you enjoy cooking, we love to have help in the kitchen!

We can utilise your skills whatever they are. We ask for approximately 5 hours a day of help, 5 days/week. It really depends on what is happening while you are here. Guests are expected to help in the kitchen while they are here and to clean up after meals in addition to their official working times.

I am always happy to negotiate tasks, days and hours and I don't push for too much but I do expect a helpful attitude. There is usually a mix of general house cleaning plus a bigger project. We ask that guests are out of bed in the morning and ready to start around 9am so you can enjoy free time in the afternoon.

We are about 15km from town. There are busses from the bottom of our street, though they are infrequent. It can feel a little isolated here if you are used to city action.

There is wifi internet for emails etc but no downloads please. It is winter time now and our house is cold, so bring plenty of warm clothing.

Children are welcome as long as they are respectful of people, animals and property. This is strictly a no-smoking household and we will not tolerate abuse of alcohol or drugs. No smokers - even if you only smoke outside.

We won't accept helpx applications without a photo; We love to see your smiling face first. Please DO NOT CONTACT US WITHOUT A PHOTO ON YOUR PROFILE.
Sorry, but this happens often and we are tired of saying it.

We love the cultural exchange that Helpx brings and we will treat you as part of the family while you are here.

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