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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4500 Hectares
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 17380
Region: Western Australia

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Last Updated: September 10, 2018

We are looking for a couple or two friends who would be happy to work as part of our team. There will be paid farm work (eligible for second year visa) available, mainly working with sheep (which can be HARD physical work) and lots of garden maintenance at this time of the year.


We are a farming family with children that are all grown. Our eldest son lives and works in Perth, our daughter works on the farm with us and our youngest son is attending university in Perth and spends holidays at home.

We live on a 4500 hectare farm, 54km south west of Kojonup, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It is about a 4 hour drive from Perth, a 2 hour drive from Bunbury and a 1 3/4 hour drive from Albany.

We run another two properties approximately 10km away. On the farm we run approximately 15000 Merino sheep and grow canola, barley, wheat and oats. We have 2 sheep dogs that are more like family pets (but they live outside) and we also keep chickens.

We have a reasonable garden area with fruit trees, herbs and vegetable beds. We would love some help weeding, tidying, or pruning in the orchard and the vegetable garden which could do with some loving care! Also, help with new garden projects would be great. We would want some basic house cleaning done as well as things like windows and long forgotten corners! There will be farm work (if you like) depending on the time of year. You must be able to drive a manual transmission vehicle if you would like to do any farm work.

As we are 54km out of Kojonup it is easier if you have your own car... if not then we can pick you up from the bus stop in Kojonup (which is a main stop on the Perth/Albany route) and drop you back at the end of your stay.

We are offering accommodation, all meals and limited internet usage (we are limited to about 500MB per day for all our needs - so Skype and video usage by request only!). We expect approximately 4 hours of work a day and we all help out in the kitchen at meal times. We love to try new foods and are happy for you to cook! It is ideal if you want to stay for 5 days to 2 weeks (or more if it suits all of us). We sometimes go to Perth on weekends to visit our sons and appreciate having someone to house-sit, feed the dogs and chickens.

We live in a typical Australian style house with verandahs all around. We like to have meals on the verandah when the weather is fine and take in the wonderful views.

We have 2 spare bedrooms with comfortable beds in each. We only have one bathroom but 2 toilets.

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