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Wollongong
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.4
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 13372
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: April 15, 2019

Hidden in the foothills of Woonona, this 1 acre oasis is eight years into it`s journey from a forgotten, overgrown grassland to a permaculture wonderland!

There is a variety of work including building projects, bush regeneration, landscaping, gardening and housework.

The property is located about 5 minutes bike ride of lovely beaches (we have bikes you can use) and 5 minutes walk from local shops and access to buses into Wollongong. It`s also only 1.5hrs from Sydney by train.

We spent 2010 WWOOFing around the planet with our two children, so we understand how to be good hosts. We`re looking for helpers who are excited about the long term vision of this property, which is to create a showcase of practical sustainability ideas that can help educate those who are interested.

The current projects involve gardening and working on a new eco-friendly building we are constructing with a living roof, mud-brick walls, passive solar design and the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials. The roof is on and we are laying mud-bricks and finishing the walls.

We usually start work around 8.30am and finish around 1.30pm, with a morning tea break in there somewhere. That way you have the rest of the day to play :-) We also ask helpers to lend a hand either cooking or cleaning up (not both though!) and you will have Sundays off. Arrangements can be flexible too if needs be.

We are working hard to create something special here, so people with skills, passion and energy are welcome. We look forward to sharing this wonderful part of the world, having a laugh, getting jobs done and enjoying some chill time too. Happy Trails!

* no smokers please

reviews (26)
Helper: Julien Pierre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 8, 2019
My first helpX experience at Ben & Sarah's was amazing. Lovely family, really... view complete review

Helper: Peter White Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: March 4, 2019
I stayed with Ben and Sarah for roughly a week and a half. They were absolute... view complete review

Helper: Siyuan and Trevor Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: December 25, 2018
We stayed one and half weeks in Ben and Sarah's place. It was a beautiful pro... view complete review

Helper: Bastien Blaudez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 3, 2018
I stayed 2 weeks with Ben, Sarah, Tom and Zoe, and it was amazing! I really ... view complete review

Helper: Etienne DEMEZON Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 17, 2018
I stayed one week at Ben and Sarah's place last April. It was my first HelpX ... view complete review

Helper: Sylvain Jaffredo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 21, 2018
My first HelpX experience... Could never forget it ! Where should I begin ? M... view complete review

Helper: Mathilde and Thomas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 9, 2018
We spend two weeks with Ben, Sarah, Zoe and Tom and it was very interesting a... view complete review

Helper: Daniela and Christoph Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Austria Date: January 10, 2018
At first - thanks for everything! We stayed with Ben, Sarah and the family... view complete review

Helper: Arnaud Lenfant Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 3, 2017
It was my first HelpX experience, and it was perfect ! This is a lovely fa... view complete review

Helper: Florence and Sebastien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 14, 2016
So nice to spend one week with this wonderful family. Everything was perfect... view complete review

Helper: Ann-christin Schneider Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 25, 2016
I had the great pleasure to stay with this wonderful, cheerful, funny, and ve... view complete review

Helper: Julius Heise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 29, 2015
Sadly I stayed at Sara's and Ben's home just for one Week. But this week was ... view complete review

Helper: Anissa and Gaspard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 20, 2015
If you want to learn a lot about permaculture, building with recycled and nat... view complete review

Helper: Zhijun and Fei Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 14, 2015
I'm sorry for writing this review so late, but our memories with Ben and Sara... view complete review

Helper: Matteo and Lucrezia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: April 14, 2015
We stayed with them just three days and it was fun. Much going on in their ho... view complete review

Helper: Eloļse Prod'homme Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 11, 2014
I had a very nice time at Ben and Sarah's place during 2 weeks. I felt comfo... view complete review

Helper: Anja Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 20, 2014
I enjoyed my first helpx experience with this amazing people so much! I felt... view complete review

Helper: Salvador and Margalida Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 21, 2013
Sometimes you feel that you are in the correct place at the correct time. Be... view complete review

Helper: Romain benoit Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 7, 2013
A piece of paradize! I did some woofing there during one month and it was ... view complete review

Helper: had n jia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 1, 2012
this is the perfect family! we passed two weeks with sarah, ben, zoe and tom... view complete review

Helper: Joanne Royal Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: November 24, 2012
After arriving and enjoying a cup of tea with Ben & Sarah I felt at home stra... view complete review

Helper: Florian and Timo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 20, 2012
We stayed with this lovely family for 2 weeks and it was a amazing time - we ... view complete review

Helper: Manon Schenkels Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: July 22, 2012
It's already more then half a year ago that we stayed at your place. But now ... view complete review

Helper: Geoffrey and Agathe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 21, 2012
Staying with Ben, Sarah, Zozo and Tommy was very inspirational. For us it ha... view complete review

Helper: Erika Young Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 5, 2012
This was my first help-x experience and I must say they have set the bar high... view complete review

Helper: Ben Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: December 26, 2011
Thank you Ben and Sarah! I stayed just a short time but really enjoyed it.... view complete review

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