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Mt Luke (nr Toowoomba)
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 30
Persons: 1 - 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 14179
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: July 5, 2018

We are Barb and Dave and we live in wildlife country just north of Toowoomba. We have about 30 hectares that we are preparing for cattle, but at the moment we have just a few horses. Barb works full time at the university and Dave works away at the moment, so we are looking for a couple of girls to help out. We would consider anyone who is a qualified house painter :-))

I (Barb) usually train and compete in dressage, but don`t have a horse in work at the moment. I am looking for a horse to buy, but have one retired horses to care for. She is very quiet, so we might be a good place if you want to learn a bit about looking after horses.

The main jobs you will do will be cleaning stables and yards, helping yard/stable and feed horses at night time, cleaning, gardening and help me keep control of the house and farm. I also need help scanning a heap of old photos and sorting them out - a time consuming job that I haven`t been able to get started on. If you are a painter, all of our window frames and sills need repainting even thought the house is only seven years old. I am learning Spanish, so would love to have someone who would be keen to talk to me - but not necessary.

You will have your own room and usually your own bathroom, depending on what`s happening when you come. You will help about 25 hours a week, and we are flexible about when you do this - so if you have your own car, you can take off for a few days at a time to explore the area. If you don`t have your own transport, we will make sure you get around to explore the area and Toowoomba and our great street art trail. Toowoomba is also known for its gardens. We are happy to take you out on day trips too, and I am often trekking off somewhere interesting to do horse stuff (competitions, look at horses etc).

You can fly to Toowoomba from Melbourne, Cairns or Sydney or travel by bus, and we will pick you up from Toowoomba. We are an absolutely no smoking family. We are pretty easy going, and LOVE travellers that have lots of commonsense :-)) We have two dogs and a cat that live inside, so it`s a really great place if you are missing your dog or cat at home.

A couple of friends together is fine - it can be very quiet and it`s always more fun to share with a friend. No vegetarians or vegans please. Gluten free travellers are easy - my daugher is gluten intolerant and we are used it it. If you are a Drama Queen about spiders, insects and small creatures, probably best to stay in the city :-)).

We can`t sign visas :-(, but we do live near many places that offer farm work - lime, blueberry and avocado orchards and several packing sheds.

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