All Year: All Year
Area (ha): 5 acres
Persons: 1 - 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 387
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Last Updated: July 23, 2017
Want to be part of an exciting organic and permaculture farm overlooking the bay and the city of Geelong?
Caravan accommodation available, powered and with access to house facilities.
Limited booking of a double bedroom inside of the home.
Camper van, buses and caravans welcome, easy access and heaps of easy parking, power and water available.
Great food, beautiful sustainable property and tasks suitable for all skill levels.
Please note: we have large dogs, other pets and livestock, visitors must be confident around animals.
Visitors are welcome to apply if they have dogs and pets.
Our family have a 5 acre property in Lovely Banks, Overlooking Geelong City and only 50 minutes from the centre of Melbourne, Victoria.
Gateway of the Great Ocean Road, Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast.
We use organic methods and permaculture design.
Some of the things we do are;
- designing, building and managing food gardens
- renovating buildings,
- restoring and regenerating the land,
- caring for animals
- mulching and gardening
- house and property maintenance, cleaning
- water harvesting systems
The tasks are varied, depending on the day, season and what is the priority.
Accommodation options are;
A caravan that can accommodate up to two.
(Limited availability) double bedroom inside of home
your own tent/camper-van/caravan. We can connect you to power and water.
Very good WiFi
Full Mobile Phone Reception
Printer and scanner
Our accommodation is very clean and tidy, fresh warm quality bedding and fluffy fresh towels will be provided for all guests. Heater and Hot Water bottle provided for the colder months:)
All food provided, self serve breakfast and lunch.
Guests help with food preparation, cooking and cleaning up.
We are meat eaters ... vegetarians and vegans are very welcome as long as they are ok with other people preparing, cooking and eating meat and animal products.
If you have diet restrictions or requirements, please let us know so we can do our best to cater for you.
Amount of Help
We ask each guest to help out for 20 hours per week and to participate in cooking/cleaning up and keeping the shared areas of the home clean and tidy.
We ask each helper to plan and prepare at least 2 evening meals a week. We encourage sharing of favourite recipes and we will happily help you search for specialist ingredients.
If staying a part week, Helpx hours are 5 hours each day.
IE 3 day stay would be 15 hours of help.
Helper hours are completed before 'days off' and we are happy to arrange help hours so you can have continuous days off to explore the region. IE you can do 20 hours of help over a few days and take the rest of the week off.
We welcome people of all skill levels, as long as they are keen, willing to learn and open to new ideas and possibilities.
Part Time, Day and Weekend Visits
Helpers wishing to improve their gardening and farming skills by visiting for just a morning, day or weekend are welcome to apply.
Due to recent government changes we can not currently help sign off working visas.
Large groups, visitors with children & pets, dogs / livestock are welcome to contact us.
No smoking on our property or in front of our family.
Clean as you go.
Leave things better than you find it.
Treat tools and equipment with the same care you would handle you own precious personal items.
If unsure, stop and ask.
Put things back when you have used it.
Only enter animal enclosures, gated, fenced areas or paddocks if you are with the host.
We are a farm, lots of dirt, mud, nsects, noises, smells and large animals, if this concerns you, our farm is not the place for you.
We work outside most of the time, you will get dirty, muddy, it may be hot, cold or raining. Please bring clothing and footwear suitable for a farm. Water proof boots or strong, sturdy boots are required.
We are a working farm, helpers must be eager to do tasks on a farm and be capable of putting in a full days work. Please only apply if you are fit and willing to work hard. Tasks will be suitable for your skill and strength.
Anyone displaying behaviour that is considered unacceptable or are not participating at the farm/home in the spirit of Helpx will need to move on.
To get here...
Train from Southern Cross Station, Melbourne CBD to Geelong Station (around an hour).
50 minutes from Melbourne CBD by car, property is only 1 minute from the Geelong Ring Road, Anakie turnoff.
Bus service from Melbourne international Airport to Geelong, we can pick you up from the bus stop in Geelong.
Avalon Airport (domestic flights only) is just a few minutes from Geelong. If you are traveling from interstate Avalon is a good option to consider. Happy to pick up visitors directly from Avalon Airport.
Getting About During Your Stay.....
Public bus service (Route 22)is a good 25 minute walk (1.7kms) from the property. Closest supermarket/shopping centre is 2.7kms from our door.
We are happy to pick up guests from the Geelong Station when you first arrive and to take you to the Station when you are leaving.
Happy to give visitors a lift to town when we are going in.
Taxis/Uber operate 24 hours to our door.
We look forward to hearing from you and sharing the journey of Permaculture Design and natural farm management with you.