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Fish Creek
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.6
Persons: 1-2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 12541
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: April 24, 2019

PLEASE READ THIS:
We suffered three serious traumas in 2017 and stopped hosting for over a year as a result. Is essential for us that anyone who comes to stay is empathetic, communicative, and has a high level of maturity. You do not need to have excellent English, but still willing to communicate on a personal level.


We live on a 4 acre property, aiming for self-sufficiency. We grow all of our own eggs and meat (chooks, cattle, pigs, sheep, ducks), a large vegie garden, & many fruit trees. We are almost completely organic, but not entirely. We make our own beer, make cheese, jams, preserves, etc, and can teach you about these if it is possible during your stay. Let us know if you particularly want to learn something, as not all things are possible all year.

Aside from our current projects there is always garden work (spreading mulch, weeding, animal care, fruit tree & vegie garden maintenance) as well as general household stuff.

annual highlights:
* February-March we preserve fruit and veg from the garden (apples, stone fruit, tomatoes, etc)
* in March we bottle about 40kg of tomatoes as passata
* mid June each year we make salami, prosciutto, copacollo and other sausages from one of our pigs. It is a long hard (but tasty) weekend, and we usually have two couples here to help. It's been popular, so we are choosy (due to the high stress of the weekend!)
* July-August we have a couple of lambs to bottle feed and cuddle
* July-August we get 2 new piglets each year

We are close to Wilsons Prom National Park, Phillip Island & wonderful beaches. Loads of Aussie wildlife in this area. We've lived in different countries, are both well-travelled (and love travelling) and enjoy learning about other cultures. If you are a movie fan (non-mainstream cinema) then it is a big bonus with Tinker. Ad is into football of all kinds. And if you are from an obscure country, or culture, or speak an obscure language - BIG BONUS POINTS!

Accommodation for 1-2 people in our home, which we share with 2 cats and 2 bouncy labradoodle dogs, or in the sleep-out.

Meat based diet. *Any special diet needs by arrangement only please!* No smoking inside house. No children (due to safety on farm). For now we prefer stays of 2, negotiable after first few days (to see how we get on).

Public transport connection: V-Line coach to Fish Creek from Southern Cross station in Melbourne.
Easiest to catch us by phone, or by email.

reviews (26)
Helper: Ronan and Marlene Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 3, 2019
Our stay with Tinker and Ad was really good. They are very kind people, who m... view complete review

Helper: Marine & Gregory Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 6, 2019
We spend 4 amazing Weeks with Tinker & Ad. It was our first HelpX and if it ... view complete review

Helper: Julie Glace Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 14, 2016
Thanks again to Sandy & Ad for this great time in Boodorai ! It was nice ... view complete review

Helper: Maxence and Victoria Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 25, 2016
Great people, Sandy & Ad ! Helpers, go there without hesitation ! You will fe... view complete review

Helper: Nelly and Frederic Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 25, 2016
Very, very, perfect! Sandy and Ad are great! First HelpX for us (stay 1 month... view complete review

Helper: Eveliina and Markus Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: May 17, 2016
Greetings from Finland! First of all, SORRY SANDY AND AD for taking so lon... view complete review

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Helper: Allyson and Gavin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: March 19, 2016
Sandy and Ad are amazing hosts. Their laid back fun loving and at the same ti... view complete review

Helper: Bastien Chevalier-Heroux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 16, 2016
I stayed with Sandy and Ad for about two weeks. They are lovely people, Sandy... view complete review

Helper: Clemence and Pierre-Jean Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 10, 2015
We planned to stay at Boodarai farm for about 7 days, but it took us nearly 3... view complete review

Helper: Federico van Diest Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Chile Date: October 3, 2014
Sandy and Ad were my first hosts in Australia, and I can say that the experie... view complete review

Helper: Katrin and Ralf Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Estonia Date: September 21, 2014
We stayed with Ad and Sandy from 5th September to 15th September so in total ... view complete review

Helper: Aaron Brenneman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: August 24, 2014
This was my first HelpX experience, and I could not have been happier here. ... view complete review

Helper: Juan Cartes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Chile Date: August 23, 2014
Sorry for the late review, i was in Boodarai one year ago and was my first he... view complete review

Helper: Francois and Eugénie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: July 16, 2014
We stayed at Ad and Sandy's for a month and despite the cold and damp weather... view complete review

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Helper: Imanol Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: July 14, 2014
I think Ad and Sandy are very warm-welcoming, easygoing people; It was real... view complete review

Helper: Théo suzzoni Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 27, 2014
You have two reason to be in australia. Traveling around the country or visit... view complete review

Helper: Valérie Nevolo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: April 1, 2014
My 2 weeks with this host in March 2014 were amazing! I wanted to stay a coup... view complete review

Helper: Guillaume and Maxime Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 8, 2014
Ad and Sandy are very nice people ! We stayed one month in their farm and the... view complete review

Helper: Eros Galli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: January 1, 2014
Wounderful nature and wonderful people! I've never met gentle person like San... view complete review

Helper: Valentin Flamme Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 14, 2013
Stayed there for approximately 10 days and really enjoyed this stay with Sand... view complete review

Helper: Sabrina and Antonio Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: October 17, 2013
Wow, what an amazing time we had! We didn't know what to expect as this was o... view complete review

Helper: Hugues and Claire Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 12, 2013
What? There are only 5 stars to rate hosts?!! Our stay with Sandy and Ad w... view complete review

Helper: Yanina Yusif Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: August 10, 2013
Thanks sandy and Ad for a wonderful time! What a great way of spending my las... view complete review

Helper: Paul and Sharon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 1, 2013
Thanks guys for a fun filled fortnight, we leave with huge grins on our faces... view complete review

Helper: Johannes Lassen Platz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: July 19, 2013
In the green surroundings of Fish Creek, Sandy and Ad have their own little o... view complete review

Helper: James Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 7, 2013
Sandy and Ad and their 2 boisterous labradoodles made me feel welcome from th... view complete review

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