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via Taree/ Port Macquarie
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 380
Persons: up to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 14404
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: April 21, 2019

This is Heather writing. I am a climate change and environmental activist and enthusiastic sustainablility advocate. Check out the great short film, 'Winmurra Sustainable Living', our helpxer Louie, made for us over Xmas -

Both Dave and I are Zoologists and keen bird watcher/naturalists, loving to guide you to mountain lookouts, rainforest creeks, fantastic sculptured rock pools and cascades of the Doyles River (which wraps around our 1000 wild acres and drops over 200m in 2kms).

It's almost the end of the summer garden and we are nearly ready to harvest our 7 olive trees and process the fruit. The tomatoes(10 varieties) are still producing along with zuchinis, cucumbers,beans, several asian greens,oranges, limes,thornless blackberries, bamboo and a swag of salad vegies and herbs for our lunchtime feasts. The well stocked pantry includes herbed olives, walnuts,macadamias,assorted jams,pickles,bottled fruits,sauces and cordial. Meals are cooked on the old faithful wood stove which also supplies hot water. We are raking grass for mulching and making compost and planting new winter crop beds of peas, beets and brassicas. Our son Dylan constructs new walking and e-bike trails when he comes over Xmas /Easter, and he has GPS mapped 31kms of trails which also serve as walking tracks and firebreaks.

Our local community is actively transitioning to a resilient future beyond fossil fuels and projects like the "Oxygen Farm", Community Centre and Old Sawmill regeneratation and events centre are also part of our experience for you. You will be genuinely welcome & appreciated here. We are "off-grid" on solar power with data limited satelite internet and WiFi available. Long stays welcomed. We are also happy to pick you up from the closest towns - Wingham/ Taree/ Port Macquarie.

reviews (13)
Helper: Joris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 16, 2019
Sooo great ! Dave and Heather are lovely people, I love your incredible land ... view complete review

Helper: Joséphine Minet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 22, 2019
I stay with Heather three days, and what an incredible experience !! She live... view complete review

Helper: Helga Augustin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Austria Date: March 14, 2019
Heather`s place is like an island in the forest. If you want to see Australia... view complete review

Helper: Nina and Lucie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 26, 2019
We had an amazing time in paradise with Heather and Dave! They are wonderful ... view complete review

Helper: Shengan Lin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 21, 2018
I stayed with Heather for about 8 days. It’s my first helpx experience and it... view complete review

Helper: Alban and Laurie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 25, 2018
First experience as Helpers, what a start ! Heather and Dave live in a wonder... view complete review

Helper: Florencia and Raul gustavo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: March 31, 2018
We spent more than a week at Heather`s place. It`s been great to share with t... view complete review

Helper: Branden and Lalage Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: December 20, 2017
If you're looking to experience a truly sustainable off-grid living space, th... view complete review

Helper: Hang Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 14, 2017
I stayed with Heather for 3weeks and what I learned is more than three months... view complete review

Helper: Keiko tanaka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: August 5, 2017
Heather and Dave’s place is totally remote which is located in the middle of ... view complete review

Helper: Michele and Alicia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: June 11, 2017
It was a really fair exchange, we helped in the mornings in the veggie garden... view complete review

Helper: Tréanton and Le grand Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: March 25, 2017
We thank Heather very much for the good times that we spent at her house fo... view complete review

Helper: Anneke Reinhardt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 13, 2016
I spend a week with Heather in her fairytale veggie garden. You will be away ... view complete review

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