3 x Farm Stay Options - Minimum Stay: 2 Weeks - Longer Periods Negotiable
Please click on “…more inside”. Ensure you read & understand the details set out in the following sections (1-3) prior to contacting us:-
1. Helpxer Qualifying Factors
# Experience is welcomed but not by any means essential – we are happy to teach & learn from others
# MUST be enthusiastic, honest & reliable
# Must be respectful of all living & non-living things on our farm
# Must be genuinely friendly & prepared to be interactive with our animals
# Must be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions
# Can accept dirt, dust & manure is an everyday farm accessory that makes a hot shower all the more appreciated at the end of the day.
# Be clean & tidy
# No use of illicit drugs allowed
# Must have work clothes, boots & hat!
# Must be willing to cook a meal from your homeland
2. Helpx Farm Stay Options & Our Host/Helper Exchange Rate:
i) Option 1. Farm Skill Training
If you are looking for a helpx Host so you can experience life on an Australian farm, are genuinely interested to learn an array of farm skills, happy to embark on your learning experience with a hands-on, can-do approach towards farm projects, day to day challenges whilst in and amongst Nature’s conditions and without a regular daily help task and time schedule – then this is the option for you.
Helpers who apply for this option will be guaranteed a reference outlining the skills they have achieved to assist in seeking future rural positions.
We often have helpers stay longer than the minimum 2 weeks. We prefer longer stays, as long as the helper can learn the jobs available and we all remain happy living and working together. It allows us to get to know the helper and increase the variety of skills we can teach over the period.
Exchange Rate = 5hrs per day average/accumulative for accommodation & meals. 2 weeks = 70hrs
NB. The priority of most farm tasks, especially animal husbandry projects, is to complete the task regardless of the time it takes to achieve that task completion. As such, the hours per day will almost certainly vary to suit the task and the helper hours adjusted to reflect that over the 2 week period. ie. increased time helping on a day = increased time off on another day.
ii) Option 2. House and Garden
If you are looking for a helpx Host to provide accommodation & meals outside of a city environment with a regular daily help task and time schedule, have no experience or interest in farm production and are happy to do general tasks such as cleaning, cooking, gardening & grooming then this is the option for you.
Exchange Rate = 5hrs per day for accommodation & meals. 2 weeks = 70hrs
iii) Option 3. Australia’s First Pack Goat/ Trek Tourism
This option is ONLY offered to helpers who have been previously identified as suitable whilst staying with us via option no.1 or 2. This option is for a longer period than two weeks in total. Unless you already have considerable experience to offer, please apply for either option no. i)or ii).You are welcome to indicate your interest in the initial application and we will take your interest on board but not guarantee it.
3. How To Submit Your Interest
Regardless of which stay option you are interested in applying for, if we are going to open our home to you, we need some information about you. If you are interested in staying with us please contact us by e-mail via helpx. We only respond to emails from people who indicate they’ve read our listing and provide the following initial information:
NB. If any questions below are already on your helpx profile, please skip to the next question.
4) Where are you now?
5) Can you speak and understand English? A little? OK? Good?
6) Which Helpx Farm Stay Option are you applying for?
7) How long would you like to stay?
8) When would you like to arrive?
10) What skills do you have? What are you capable of doing?
11) What kind of jobs have you done in the past?
12) Do you have any medical conditions? Allergies? Injuries? Fears?
13) Why are you doing Helpx?
16) Are you travelling by car or by public transport?
17) Can you cook a meal from your homeland?
We look forward to hearing from you.
ABOUT US, OUR FARM & SURROUNDING INFORMATION
• About Us
Larry & I are project people who live our lives in a perpetual state of planning and implementing improvements. We love our farm with a passion! It is the rest of our lives work in progress with the years diminishing and the list increasing!
We strive towards
# Our animals being protected, healthy, individual & interactive – happy & content.
# Our land being healthy, diverse & exemplary of management in consultation with Nature
# Living a resilient, resourceful & enthusiastic life
• Our Farm
Located on the Upper Turon River, 16kms from Sofala, 46kms from Bathurst NSW. On a dirt road with river frontage, in a remote valley, surrounded by picturesque ranges.
We primarily breed Boer goats. They all have personalities. Most have names, a fair few of them have earned life membership, a few are retirees and the majority of them are arrowroot biscuit addicts. They are considered precious to us beyond many practical commercial decisions. Also, a small herd of cattle, four alpacas and a tiny mob of sheep. Plus a Paint horse and a Shetland pony.
Our immediate four paw & claw family consists of a Golden Retriever pup, a malt ginger cat, a snow-white cat, a white floppy eared rabbit and free range laying hens with a proud pacing rooster. All precious!
Our farm operates on a stand-alone solar system. Our water supply is from the river and rainfall.
Holistic, Keyline, Permaculture & Joel Salatin concepts heavily influence the basis of our farm inspiration, design & management practices.
Share cabin accommodation – separate to main house. The cabin with bathroom & 2 toilets consists of a living room, office and 3 bedrooms (two bunk bedrooms and one queen bedroom). For the more adventurous helper, there is also the option to sleep in a tent or under the stars in an Australian swag.
We expect you to maintain a clean and tidy environment within your living quarters – this includes cleaning your room, shared living area & washing your linen every 7 days.
When you vacate your accommodation it is your responsibility to leave it as clean as you found it upon arrival.
Laundry – a washing machine in the main house is available for use in your time off and when not in use by me. Our clothes dryer is pegs & a clothes line.
We keep an abundant supply & reasonable variety of food on hand due to our remote location. We eat food from all food groups (meat/veg/dairy/grain/fruit). We guarantee you won’t starve or perish in relation to food.
• On Farm Activities
We are happy to share our farm life with you. Also include you in our social outings and gatherings whenever we can. There are also times when we need time out too. There are times and activities you are welcome to do by yourself.
Fishing, Swimming, Gold Panning, Outdoor Chess/Checker/Draughts Set, Boule, Coiyts, Board Games, TV & DVD, Reading, Bush Walking, Camping, Astronomy (Telescope/Observatory)
Wildlife Watching (Kangaroo/Wallaby/Wombats/Kookaburras/Abundant Variety of Native Australian Birds/Snakes/Spiders/Lizards etc. Kayaking (when the river level allows), Horse Riding (if suitable experience)
WiFi Internet is available – for e-mail only. No skype/ YouTube/ Downloads
Mobile phone has to be directly connected to an aerial extension. There is a very good chance that your phone will not have the outlet to fit the connection. We have a spare Telstra phone you can use with your sim card when absolutely necessary. Alternatively there are certain spots up the paddock where reception is possible most days.
• Personal Items
Our farm is not located close to shops. Before travelling to our farm you will need to ensure you have an adequate supply of personal items eg. medication, toiletries, cigarettes, alcohol, soft drink, chocolate etc. to last the two week period of your farm stay.
• Travel & Local Information
Sydney to Bathurst - approx. 3hrs by car.
Bathurst to Farm - approx. 50 minutes by car.
Sydney to Bathurst daily (by train &/or bus)
Bathurst to Farm (arrange to be picked up by hosts)
Whilst the majority of the road to our farm (bitumen and then dirt) can be driven using 2wd vehicles, due to the river crossing; access onto our farm is limited to 4wd vehicles.
We can offer a variety of options, just talk to us.
We have a business based in Bathurst. Larry travels to town/work on a regular basis (rarely on weekends). I usually travel to town once a fortnight to tend to office duties and hunt & gather supplies etc for the farm. There is plenty of opportunity to access town and our farm but travel arrangements must fit in with our schedules, not yours.
The Turon River
Deceivingly, the fastest flowing river in NSW. After heavy rainfall it rises and drops quickly. On the occasions when the river rises we are stranded until it drops. This is usually only for a day or two, but depends entirely on Mother Nature; there is no guarantee on the time frame, we just go with the flow (Ha! Ha!)
A reasonably large rural town with plenty of shops, pubs, clubs, restaurants, takeaway food franchises, library, movie cinema, university, etc. World renowned for the Annual V8 Races held at Mount Panorama in October where they say the mountain roars - and it does!
A small village founded from the gold mining era (still plenty about if you have the patience to find it) with one pub, a couple of restaurants/shops, plenty of character and characters!
Royal Wattle Flat Golf Course
A unique Australian bush golf course run by local golf enthusiasts who welcome visitors to join them.
Other Towns & Villages Nearby (1hour +)
Mudgee – Lots & Lots of Wineries, best Indian Restaurant!
Rylstone – Quaint Art Craft Village
Lake Windamere – camping, fishing, water skiing, sailing, kayaking
Kandos – en route to Dunn’s Swamp and Wollemi National Park
Lithgow – Zig Zag Railway
Orange – lots of shops etc like Bathurst
Milthorpe – Quaint Art Craft Village
Hill End – Historic Gold Mining Village
Oberon – enroute to Jenolan Caves
Blue Mountains – bush walking, rock climbing and a heap more, a popular tourist destination.