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Bumbalong
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 150
Persons: 3
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 13931
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: April 5, 2019

I have recently moved to a small farm in between Canberra and Cooma in the valley of Bumbalong. I have been a Helpx host at my previous farm in Burra and the reviews below are from helpers who stayed with me when I was in Burra. I moved to Bumbalong about a year ago after I fell in love with the place when I first saw it as it has everything, beautiful soil rising from the Murrumbidgee River into the wild bush of the Clear Range. I couldn't resist living somewhere where I could look at water every day.

I have almost finished renovating the house, which was a wreck but is now comfortable and homely and just about done. I've now started working on getting the farm set up with a few sheep together with some chickens, bees and a couple of horses and I am looking at what I can grow as the summers are warm and the winters cold. Looking at experimenting with garlic, lavender and saffron.

If you come and stay you will be helping me with the animals, fixing and setting up new fences and weed control across the property which is something that never stops, gardening and painting and decorating and general maintenance.

Most of the farm is rough bush, full of native wildlife, although you need to be quite fit to scramble up the hill. It is very beautiful and quiet and an hour to the centre of Canberra. I work in Canberra a couple of days a week and can take you in and drop you off to take in the sites while I'm at work (I generally work two or three days a week in town). There is fishing and swimming in the river and I have kayaks you can use if you want to spend a few hours on the river. Experienced horse riders are welcome.

As you will be left on your own for some of the time, this place is only really suitable for a couple or two good friends (who don't mind sharing a room/bed). Gay friendly. My house is quite small (but very comfortable) with only two bedrooms. I also have a cat, and a Great Dane cross(so you need to like big dogs) and an interest in dog training would be more than welcome! There is a good mobile signal and I use mobile WiFi at the moment.

You will need to be quite strong as although the work is not difficult is does need you to be able to carry buckets of feed or spray backpacks around that weigh about 10kgs.

You need to be willing to help out with about four hours of work each day, in exchange for your own room and all your meals. You do not need any experience but you do need to be willing to work hard and also enjoy yourselves while you are here. I like for us to eat together for dinner and I am trying to keep to a healthy diet with lots of fish, fresh fruit and veggies.


Stays of over 2 weeks preferred.

Please email me if you are interested.

reviews (21)
Helper: Yanlong and Meng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: December 28, 2016
During the one month stay with Liz and Ella and other animals like pigs and ... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Hart Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 21, 2016
Liz took me in at a momentís notice, rescuing me from servitude and starvatio... view complete review

Helper: Katri and Anniina and Veera Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: April 19, 2016
We spent an amazing month with Liz! She is such a lovely and kind person with... view complete review

Helper: Tiffany Roddis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 20, 2015
I really enjoyed my time on Liz's beautiful farm!! It has been definitely one... view complete review

Helper: Rachel Oliver Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 4, 2015
I had such an amazing time at Liz's. I cannot stress enough how amazing this ... view complete review

Helper: Dylan and Prisca Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 11, 2015
It's never too late to give our feedback...All our apologizes for that Liz. ... view complete review

Helper: Ralph and Marloes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: December 18, 2014
We spend 3 weeks (november 2014) with Liz and her dog Ella, cat Mouse and al... view complete review

Helper: Steve Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Korea, South Date: October 16, 2014
It's too late to review.. I am so sorry about that. I don't know how you and... view complete review

Helper: Jeroen and Jessica Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: October 13, 2014
We agree with every single one of the reviews that have been written for Liz ... view complete review

Helper: Alex and charlotte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 2, 2014
We spent an amazing month with Liz. She is a very good person, always smiling... view complete review

Helper: Marc & Emilie from Lyon, France Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 3, 2014
3,5 months at Liz's place was really enjoyable... Could have been longer ac... view complete review

Helper: Alix and Robin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 2, 2014
We spent only 3 weeks at Liz's place and it was too short! It was our first H... view complete review

Helper: Antoine and Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 20, 2013
We had wonderfull times with Liz. She is so great. The work was diversified a... view complete review

Helper: Alex and Sam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 24, 2013
We stayed for just under a month with Liz on her lovely property :) we would ... view complete review

Helper: Tino and Marje Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: February 1, 2013
We stayed with Liz a few weeks and she made us feel like a home. It was a won... view complete review

Helper: Andy and Sarah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 14, 2012
We Stayed with Liz for 3 months from 14th September to 15th December and had ... view complete review

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Helper: Thomas & Gladys Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 10, 2012
Hi Liz! Sorry to write this review so late. We stayed one week at Liz's hom... view complete review

Helper: Sarah and Henry Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 4, 2012
This was an amazing place to stay. liz was our first help x and made us feel ... view complete review

Helper: Tzu jung tsai Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: June 27, 2012
thank Liz,i have great time!! Canberra is very beautiful city,here look li... view complete review

Helper: Anne Daffe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: April 2, 2012
Definitely the best place to stay ! Iíve loved to stay with Liz and all the ... view complete review

Helper: Alice and Raechel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 6, 2012
Liz was our first Help X host and we stayed with her for just over three week... view complete review

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