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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 41
Persons: 8+
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44845
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: August 11, 2020

We have beds available now.....

Everyone is welcome to stay at our commercial fruit farm 1 hour west from Brisbane, 40 minutes from Toowoomba and approx 1.5 hours from the Gold Coast. We live 20 minutes from Gatton.
We offer 2 week minimum stays or longer.
Come here and get some farm experience before you apply for a paid job.
Gatton is the largest town in the Lockyer Valley, the region grows lots of vegetables.
We grow avocados, mangoes, custard apples, persimmons, nectarines, dragon fruit and limes using natural fertilizers and manures.
We provide accommodation, separate from our house for helpx helpers. Come here if you want to live with and meet helpers from other countries.
Our accommodation has a kitchen build (May 2014) internal showers and toilets. Bedrooms are air-conditioned and heated. 2 single beds per room. No smoking inside.
Accommodation is to be kept CLEAN. (A full weekly clean is to be done every Friday afternoon) and as needed during the week.
When you vacate your accommodation it is your responsibility to leave the room CLEAN, the bedding WASHED and the bed MADE for the next person.
A food allowance will be provided for you to self cater, you will be taken into Gatton to buy your food. We usually have several different nationalities here at the same time, learn to cook food from other countries.
Go bush walking, bike riding, play with a play station, catch native crayfish. Observe the wallabies eating in the late afternoon.
We have large screen TV and an extensive movie library for you to watch on weekends and in your free time and to help you with your English.
We have wifi internet access (but it is not unlimited) it is the largest amount of data we can get for our rural area.
Work will include general farm maintenance looking after fruit trees, this may include picking, packing and pruning. Work may also include thinning fruit from the trees and mulching pruning.(very limited hand weeding)
Work 25 hours per week, 5 hours per day.

We realize that you will not have worked on a farm before, we will teach you everything you need to know.
As you become more confident you may be taught other skills, such as tractor driving.
We can pick you up in Gatton with prior arrangements.
The easiest way to get to Gatton is to take the Greyhound bus. The Greyhound bus can pick you up from the Airport or from Brisbane city and bring you directly to Gatton.

We have lots of native wildlife including koalas and wallabies. We also have a very friendly dog.
See our web site for more information and photos.

#### Due to Covid19, bus timetables may have changed.

# Please let me know
the date that you want to come.

## If you are travelling on the Translink bus / train you will travel by train to Ipswich, then change trains and go to Rosewood. At Rosewood you will catch a bus to Gatton, this trip takes about 4 hours.
The Greyhound bus takes about 1 hour 10 minutes from Brisbane.

### DO NOT TRAVEL on the Translink bus /train on the weekend. The time table is different from the week day timetable.

# For the best mobile phone reception, buy a TELSTRA sim card if you are just coming into Australia.

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