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Swifts Creek
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): Regular suburban house
Persons: 2/4 depending onbeds
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 16913
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: April 24, 2019

I live in beautiful, East Gippsland, Victoria, in the small town of Swifts Creek, up in the Victorian Alps, kind of halfway between Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
(Melbourne is 4 to 5 hours away by car, longer by bus. Canberra likewise. Sydney is about 8 by car, longer by bus.)
Swifts Creek is perched high in the Alps, and we get snow occasionally.... Autumn is lovely here. I love driving up to the mountain resorts and seeing the glorious views.
Swifts Creek is close to the mountains, national parks, walking and bike tracks, and caves. It truly is a glorious little place. We are driving distance to some other beautiful areas.
I can drive us to visit places, and there are some buses.
I moved here in early 2016, as local minister/priest/trained social worker/community development worker, but a large part of my work is as a comunity development worker in some remote mountainous villages ... Again, in beautiful country.
I appreciate travel companions. I frequently travel amongst part of the lovely Snowy Mountains, and many of my Helpx workers have had the chance to see some amazing places- often in parts of the world few usual tourists would go, especially in the regional national parks.
My garden used to be a showplace, and is only now getting back to a decent state. It has potential. I envision that part of it could become an open garden, a place of peace and reflection for my community. My house and garden back onto the church grounds, so there is potential for what I have here to be a part of the bigger whole.
I am in the midst of running a drought relief program here. Your help would be appreciated.
My house is comfortable, with several bedrooms, with double and queen beds. One bathroom shared by all. Household help is MUCH appreciated.
Swifts Creek is accessible by public transport. There is none in town though, so we walk, or I drive us. Still we are talking small town here, so distance is not great.
Life gets hectic here at times, but there are always interesting things to do and see, and people to meet... Even in my own job sphere you will meet fun and quirky people.
Maybe you enjoy creating gardens and lovely places, or would just like to explore rural Australia, and help out for a little while in a remote but happy house? Maybe you could help in the garden? Or in the house? I am thinking perhaps part of the day, say 4 hours, and then you can just chill out?
Come visit, and find out for yourself.

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You should ensure that you have your own travel insurance cover as you stay here at your own risk. I cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury or damage.


The city of Melbourne, or indeed Sydney or Canberra, is too far to go there and back in one day. Eg. You can`t pop down to Melbourne to shop and be back here in time for dinner.


My hosting will not suit 2nd year visas... Law has changed. Volunteer work is no longer acceptable. You will need proof of paid work to apply for the visa now. This would include formal payslips. Volunteer hosts can`t pay you, and so you can`t have proof of paid work

I am sorry but I do not provide Melbourne /Avalon airport pick-ups or drop-offs. It is too far from my home. I can provide some travel advice to you.



Some things to note:
Meals provided.
If you have diet requirements, please advise in your enquiry contact.
Smoking not accepted inside.
Small shops in town.
No night clubs or cinema.
Daytime buses to bigger towns and shops.
Wifi available

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Helper: Brandon Neshanian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: April 25, 2019
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From: France Date: May 14, 2018
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From: United Kingdom Date: May 4, 2018
Rowena is an amazing host, Me and my brother came to stay for just over a w... view complete review

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From: France Date: March 25, 2018
We spent 10 days in Swift Creek to help Rowena with her moving. She was very... view complete review

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From: China Date: March 22, 2018
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From: France Date: March 9, 2018
I’ve stayed at Rowena’s place for three weeks. It was really great. She’s a l... view complete review

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From: France Date: February 20, 2018
I stayed one week with Rowena and others helpers. Rowena is a really kind and... view complete review

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From: China Date: January 16, 2018
I have stayed with Rowena for a week and I had really good time with her. Swi... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 15, 2017
We had spend three lovely weeks in beautiful Swift’s Creek with Rowena. She w... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: October 26, 2017
I stayed almost 3 weeks with Rowena and I had a great time at her place. Row... view complete review

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From: Taiwan Date: September 3, 2017
I stayed at Rowena's place for a week...a wonderful stay in a lovely small to... view complete review

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From: Netherlands Date: August 23, 2017
I stayed with Rowena from the 9th to 18th of August. My time there was truly ... view complete review

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From: France Date: April 29, 2017
We stayed one week at Rowena house, helping her in her daily life, cooking, w... view complete review

Helper: Grace Schiffer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 27, 2017
I stayed with Rowena in Swifts Creek for 19 days,it's really a excellent plac... view complete review

Helper: Caroline Godet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 27, 2017
Rowena was very nice to me and didn't give me any hard work to do. It was mos... view complete review

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From: Poland Date: April 21, 2017
We've spent very nice week at Rowena's place. Work wasn't hard at all. We did... view complete review

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From: China Date: April 9, 2017
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From: France Date: February 28, 2017
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From: France Date: November 21, 2016
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From: China Date: September 30, 2016
I quite enjoyed my stay at Swifts Creek with Rowena and Sarah. They are both ... view complete review

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From: China Date: July 8, 2016
Dear Rowena, Thanks for all the things. We spent two weeks together and expe... view complete review

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From: France Date: February 28, 2016
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From: Germany Date: December 15, 2015
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From: Australia Date: October 18, 2015
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From: China Date: August 18, 2015
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