All Year: No
Area (ha): 4 hectares
Host ID: 12911
Region: New South Wales
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Last Updated: December 23, 2018
We are now booked until the beginning of February 2019. We will need help from then until the middle of December 2019.
We live on 4 hectares of sloping forest with rainforest creek and gullies. The property is 35 kilometers from Murwillumbah and 10 kilometers from Tyalgum.
Preferably a couple, or two singles, are needed to help with clearing a fairly steep slope of native bush in order to mitigate bushfire vulnerability for the house.
Due to Jo-Ann recently breaking her foot,we also need help with housework and cooking.
There is also lots of interior and exterior renovation work including light carpentry and painting.
We also need clearing of feral plants (lantana, blue top, camphor laurel etc.)road work and rock wall building.
You will see from the photos that we are immersed in the forest. The property is almost fully covered in sclerophyll forest with pockets of rainforest in the gullies. We are adjacent to the Border Ranges and Lamington National Parks.
We have no domestic animals; no pets, no chickens, no cows or horses. The little stallion that is shown is the photo below belongs to our neighbor.
There are, however, resident animals of many sorts. Half a dozen red-necked pademelons (little wallabies), red-necked wallabies, and grey kangaroos are often about trimming the grass. A huge 1.8 meter long lace monitor sometimes visits for water and to bask in the sun and a truly humungous echidna spends time disassembling our rock wall and tiled patio to get at the ants!
We have identified over 90 species of birds on the property. King parrots, crimson rosellas, and rainbow lorikeets are the most frequent visitors. Bower birds visit in flocks of 30 or 40 and red tailed and yellow tailed cockatoos and even wedge tailed eagles are seen from time to time. If you are into nature you will love it here!
We have been certified as a refuge for "Land for Wildlife". Yeah!!!
There is a bedroom available with a queen bed for a single or a couple and a bed available in our (camper) van for the second worker if needed. We are looking for two strong fit workers with their own well fitting work or hiking boots suitable for work on a steepish slope. We only speak English unfortunately, so a good working knowledge of English is essential.
We can pick you up from the bus terminal in Murwillumbah if needed, but as we are a long way from town (and only go in on average two days a week) you might want to have your own vehicle.
We have a well equipped modern split level home with good TV reception and broadband internet with wifi connectivity. Our internet service has been recently upgraded meaning Skype works well.
Recently Telstra, the largest national mobile carrier. commissioned a new tower nearby. So we now have excellent mobile phone coverage too! We also have quite a good library of books CD`s, DVD`s and BluRays.
You will be staying with an expatriate Canadian 73 years of age and a Kiwi about 58 years; both rather younger at heart. We are non smokers, infrequent drinkers, and love conversation about science, politics and environmentalism! We run our internet business from home so we will be here 6 days a week on average.
If you love nature, are hard working (about 5 half days a week), and willing to share in cooking evening meals, we will provide your accommodation, food and laundry. No house work is required unless you want to.
There is not much to do around here in your spare time except go for walks and appreciate the birdlife and wildlife so if you want action in your off time, you will definitely need a vehicle. We have a pair of mountain bikes so you will be able to explore the local area a little!
If you think this might suit you, we would love to hear from you!
Please note we are a HOMESTAY, not a farmstay, so a stay with us will NOT qualify you for a second visa. For that you will need to stay with a qualified "primary producer".