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Lorne
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 64
Persons: up to 8
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 12492
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: August 1, 2018

We enjoy welcoming helpers from all over the world. Our farm is a 64ha undulating property in the beautiful Lorne valley with 40-50% bushland, creek, walks with some stunning views and many bird species, wallabies, echidnas, etc. We are 12 mins from Kendall, 35 mins from Port Macquarie and about 20-25 mins from the beach. Can pick up from Kendall Railway Station (on the main line between Sydney and Brisbane).
Main, organically grown crops under production are Daikon radish, Asian pumpkin, garlic, chokos, dragon fruit and bamboo. We are also establishing mixed orchards of tropical and subtropical fruit, citrus, nuts and stone fruits, as well as vegetable and herb gardens. Work will generally be around the maintenance (planting, fertilizing, weeding, mulching), harvesting and packing of these crops, app.6 hours per day, 5 days per week. We also have guinea fowl and 2 breeds of poultry - Barnevelders and Silkies.
Accom for up to 8 people in separate, spacious guest house with 3 bedrooms (one with queen-sized water bed), spacious loft, kitchen and lounge complete with wood fire, bathroom and separate WC.
You will have free wireless internet connection, an extensive library to choose from, if you like reading, making jigsaws, playing board games, etc in your spare time, and a TV/DVD player with a selection of DVDs in both guest house and main house. Two bicycles are also available for exploring the surrounding area. No children due to nearby dam. Mainly vegetarian meals provided.
Non-smokers only. Minimum stay 1 week, longer if possible.

reviews (51)
Helper: Masami Maeno Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: July 25, 2018
I spent 3 weeks in this farm. It was amazing time! John and Annette is very ... view complete review

Helper: Harry Harrison Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 20, 2018
I stayed at John and Annette farm for 2 weeks and really enjoyed it. The food... view complete review

Helper: Natsuko Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: November 11, 2017
I really recommend this farm. Even though my stay was only for 10 days, I cou... view complete review

Helper: Michelle and Li hui Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Singapore Date: August 26, 2017
I had the most wonderful memories and enriching life here at John and Annette... view complete review

Helper: Hongjie Lu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 17, 2017
I only spent one week there But I recommend this place . John is a very cool ... view complete review

Helper: Jimmy MASSICOT Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 9, 2017
Hi guys, I spent 3 weeks with Annette and John and I really recommand this p... view complete review

Helper: Michele and Alicia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: June 11, 2017
We stayed 2 weeks here, John and Annette are very friendly, John had plenty o... view complete review

Helper: Yoka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 20, 2017
I am sorry to be late to write my review.I spent 10 days in John's farm inclu... view complete review

Helper: Alina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 10, 2017
It was our first experience with Helpx and we had a wonderful time.John and A... view complete review

Helper: Laura and Emilien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 3, 2017
We stayed for 1 month at John and Annette. It was amazing, a unique experienc... view complete review

Helper: Ella Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 13, 2017
I really appreciate John&Anette for giving me the chance to experience real o... view complete review

Helper: Natacha and Marion Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 4, 2017
We were 3 weeks in John & Annette's farm and it was a real pleasure to work w... view complete review

Helper: Maggie Leeks Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 14, 2016
I spent a week with John and Annette and I had a wonderful time. I think ever... view complete review

Helper: Dinglei Zhang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: December 8, 2016
It was really a good experience in Hillview with John and Annette, thank you ... view complete review

Helper: Lu Wang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: November 23, 2016
It is an amazing experience! I rare stay in countryside for so long. Annette ... view complete review

Helper: Adrien and Timothée Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 28, 2016
It was our first helpx, we spent 3 week at Hillview and it was very great !! ... view complete review

Helper: Jiahui Zheng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: October 6, 2016
I spent only one week here and it's really a good experience for me. I did s... view complete review

Helper: Siyu and Ruojun Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: October 5, 2016
We came to here early this year(start from January for 2 weeks), all I want t... view complete review

Helper: Stéphane DOIN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 3, 2016
I was supposed to stay 9 days, finally I stayed 6 weeks. I guess it's enoug... view complete review

Helper: Nian Zhu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 29, 2016
For the first helpx, i get what i want which is the most local Australian far... view complete review

Helper: Grégoire Duruflé Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 13, 2016
Hi I'm Greg from France, I spent three months at hillview during 2015, firs... view complete review

Helper: Janice and Mandy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 1, 2016
sorry for the late review,we are not in Australia any more,but Anette and Joh... view complete review

Helper: Dale Selvey Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 16, 2016
John and Annette are great hosts. john is funny and works with you and explai... view complete review

Helper: Qiuyue Zhang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: July 19, 2016
Really love their house! As well as the field, the wallaby, the meals that ar... view complete review

Helper: Mango Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: June 7, 2016
I spent 4 weeks here.This is my first "home " in Australia.Definitely,John... view complete review

Helper: Fabienne Hellmond Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 27, 2016
Well, I don't quite know where to begin... At first I want to leave a big, b... view complete review

Helper: Natacha Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 26, 2016
I didn't expect to live such an amazing experience during this 2 weeks 1/2 at... view complete review

Helper: Marie Maheo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 21, 2016
I spent only five days with Annette and John. But it was a great experience .... view complete review

Helper: Gabriel Cantin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: April 4, 2016
I spend two week there and it was 2 great week. The accommodation in a house ... view complete review

Helper: Ella and Waldemar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 6, 2016
We enjoyed the time in this place, we made a lot of new friendships there! ... view complete review

Helper: Ludivine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: February 28, 2016
I spend 5 weeks in the farm and it was a really good time. John and Annette a... view complete review

Helper: Virginie TARTAS Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Reunion Date: December 20, 2015
I stayed about 10 days with John and Annette. There is a private house for th... view complete review

Helper: Giacomo and Sonia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: September 23, 2015
Our review is a little bit late because we spent there about 2 months from Ma... view complete review

Helper: Paul C. Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 24, 2015
Having just returned home from my 10 day stay at Hillview, my immediate react... view complete review

Helper: Nicolas Le Toriellec Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 20, 2015
I worked two weeks at John and Anette's farm, and it was simply wonderful. Jo... view complete review

Helper: Fabien bonnet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 5, 2014
Hi , i stayed at march until april 2014 in this unbelievable farm ! There ... view complete review

Helper: Elsa and Thomas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 15, 2013
We spent 3 weeks with John and Annette in November. That was a really good ex... view complete review

Helper: Hong lu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: October 12, 2013
I spent two weeks with John and Annette on July. Although it's just a short t... view complete review

Helper: Michela and Rossano Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: August 7, 2013
Hello! We have spent 96 beautiful days here. Annette is really good cooking (... view complete review

Helper: Gaetan d'herve Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 20, 2013
hello I spent three weeks with John and Annette in their farm plants. There ... view complete review

Helper: Shihying Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: March 15, 2013
I stayed at John&Annette 's farm for 7 weeks which was quite awesome, explor... view complete review

Helper: Ryan Collins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 23, 2012
I spent 3 weeks with John and Annette. It was my first week in Australia and ... view complete review

Helper: Jill Haberlin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 2, 2012
I stayed here for three weeks as I was interested in the principles surroundi... view complete review

Helper: Nemo, Katie & Sea Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 29, 2012
We spent about eight days in John & Annette's, and we really enjoy the helpx ... view complete review

Helper: Cherry Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 11, 2012
I missed the day with J&A.They were very patient with my English.Also,Annethy... view complete review

Helper: Cheryl Liu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: August 7, 2012
I spent 15 days with John & Annette and 5 other helpers who are all very frie... view complete review

Helper: Hayley and Benjamin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 2, 2012
We both really enjoyed the 88 days that we spent with John and Annette at Hil... view complete review

Helper: Matthew and Nikky Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 12, 2012
Sorry for the late review. I actually stayed with Annette and John TWICE ca... view complete review

Helper: Mi-chiang chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: December 27, 2011
If u really want to find a kindly &friendly OZ farm to experience ,come her... view complete review

Helper: Yun-pei CHEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: December 9, 2011
If you like to stay in a globe village , just come and join this big family. ... view complete review

Helper: Samara huang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: September 21, 2011
I'm glad to be their first HelpX's helper. They are the five star host. I rea... view complete review

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