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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.5 acres
Persons: 1 or 2 or more
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44603
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: May 11, 2017

Hello and welcome to Melbourne.

I have accommodation available for a single person male or female.

Accommodation and all meals provided in exchange for six (6) hours of gardening work per person, per day for five days per week. The work involves assisting the owner in maintaining a large landscaped garden, there is minimal to no use of pesticide or herbicide.

Gardening duties include: raking leaves, weeding, pruning, trimming branches, collecting bark, sticks and branches off the ground, removing holly, blackberries, ivy, silverplant, jasmine, burning, whipper snippering, grass mowing, planting plants, spreading mulch, soil preparation, watering, leaf blowing and general garden maintenance.

After you have completed your 30 hours per week you have two free days so that you can enjoy sightseeing, travel into Melbourne city or doing whatever you like, or you can join me on a trip to the Yarra Valley wineries. I am also happy to negotiate longer working hours for extra days off).

Olinda is located in the heart of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges where there are lots of nature walks. The property is surrounded by Rosellas and Kookaburras. I am approximately 4.2 KMS from Monbulk where there are cafes, shops, local buses and just one hour away from Melbourne central.

At the airport buy a Telstra SIM card, Telstra has the best network coverage around Australia and it is the only SIM card that works in Olinda. The Telstra store at Melbourne Airport is located at shop 1.15 at the Qantas Domestic Airport Departure Level 1 First Floor, make sure the Telstra salesperson helps you to get the SIM card connected and working on the Telstra network and your mobile phone.

Note: for Helpx planning to stay two weeks or longer you are welcome to use my address to set up your bank account with your preferred bank most Helpx use Commonwealth Bank and request a Tax File Number (TFN) online from the Australian Tax Office. (I am very happy to help you with these tasks providing you arrive at Monbulk during the week and before the bank closes (4.00pm).

Travelling to Olinda by by public transport:

* From Melbourne/Tullamarine airport take the Sky Bus to Southern Cross (Spencer Street) Station.

* From Southern Cross Station take the train to Belgrave Station, at Belgrave take the number 663 bus to Lilydale and make sure you get off at at Main Road Monbulk opposite Woolworths and Aldi and I will pick you up at the bus stop. (Make sure you ask the bus driver to let you off at Main Road Monbulk).

* Note: You will need a Myki card to travel on the train and bus, and if you are travelling from regional Victoria you can also use your regional train ticket for same day travel to Belgrave Station and on the bus to Monbulk.

**The MYKI card costs $6.00 to purchase and the train and bus fare cost $4.10 for 2 hours travel.

* Please text me on my mobile when you get on the 663 bus at Belgrave Station to Main Road Monbulk so that I can meet you at the bus stop in front of Woolworths and Aldi.

Thank you

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