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W Tree
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 50
Persons: Up to 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 25442
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: May 2, 2017

W Tree is a small vibrant community of about 85 people in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in East Gippsland, Victoria, 80 km from Lakes Entrance and 20 kms north of Buchan. The valley is the home of two ecovillages, one Tibetan Buddhist center (SIBA), a number of different ecosensitive businesses and very creative & entreprenurial people.

Mt Murrindal Co-Op is one of those ecovillages. Located in the Southern edge of the valley it was established in 1981. On that same year Bill Mollison, father of permaculture, stayed in our ecovillage designing a permaculture plan. Then he carried out at ONTOS (currently SIBA) his second Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) ever.

The ecovillage is made of 5 houses and 50 hectares. The residents are one nurse (Beth), an employee at WWOOF Australia (Jack), a computer wizard (Jordi) and a writer and consultant in renewable energy (Marc).

We need assistance with the veggie garden and the general maintenance of the place. We also need people with skills that can assist us in our entrepreneurial projects, such as graphic design, translation, web maintenance, etc.

There are different types of accommodation available. The community house, when available, is the best option. You will have your own house with two rooms and a large living room. There is also accommodation in our houses. In such cases you will always have your own private room. And during the warm months of the year there is also a little hut and a caravan.

We offer comfortable accommodation and yummy vegetarian meals (vegan on demand) with a cooking style from all around the world (we are specially well-known for the delicious food).

The place is specially attractive for its wildlife. There are kangaroos, wallabies, goanas, wombats, koalas (20 km north), rosellas, king parrots, kookaburras, and a long etcetera. The kangaroos are usually around the houses. You can see the joeys (babe kangaroos) leaving their mother's pouches to have their first hopping experience or a fight between two males thai boxing style.

Places to visit are the Buchan caves (22 km south), the Snowy River National Park, Lakes Entrance (80 km South), and many others.

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