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Perth
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1-4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 18332
Region: Western Australia

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Last Updated: April 13, 2019

Please read my profile.

I am crazy so the house is a bit crazy, people seem to like my place, probably because I cook good food :)

I need people who can stay a minimum of 7 days.

My home is very disorganised,untidy and sometimes the house is dirty, if that is a problem for you, it would be best for you to find another host please :)

That does not mean that I want you to reorganise my home.

If you feel you need to use lots of cleaning chemicals or waste my limited resources, find another host please, please conserve water.

If there are foods that you do not eat, please let me know before you arrive.
I can prepare good, healthy meals and can cater to most peoples needs. I enjoy food from diverse cuisines. and also provide food for you to make your own breakfast 8-9AM.

Lunch is usually between 1-2PM.
Dinner is usually between 7-9PM.
Meals are usually earlier if I have some help with preparation.

I can pick you up or drop you off at the airport, any time of day/night.

Please don`t bring gifts, I have too many things already, unless we can eat them together.

I have plenty of tools and some materials if you need to fit out a vehicle for travelling around Australia. I can help you buy a car, but I am not an expert.

I have one self contained unit, 2 private bedrooms and a caravan.

My home is a 2ha (5 acre) bush block partially cleared property situated in a valley with a winter creek, it has views into the forest and is within easy walking distance to the centre of Mundaring, a semi-rural town.

You`ll be provided with accommodation in a granny flat or if unavailable a bedroom or caravan. The granny flat is self contained, with kitchenette and bathroom-laundry.

Mundaring is 35km from Perth and 55 minutes away by public transport.

For people who like nature, my garden is visited by many native birds, quendas and occasionally kangaroos, with wildflowers at their best in spring (September to November). There are plenty of opportunities for photography, bush-walking in the forest/bush and discovering Australian wildflowers.

WIFI is available, mobile phone reception is not great but it is available.

ANIMALS

I have 1 dog, (Trix a French mastiff X), 2 weiro/cockatiels, 1 galah and lots of chooks.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE DONE

I want someone to help around the garden, orchard and around the house.
If you have any particular skills it would be good to let me know.

There are plenty of jobs to be done here. I would be grateful if you can give me a hand to get things in shape.

MY EXPECTATIONS

If you`re a guest in my home I expect you to be honest, respectful, considerate and reliable in keeping agreements. You would also need to be willing to have an open and flexible attitude, because my work plans may change dependent upon what`s most urgent at any given time.

You will need to be capable of taking care of yourself and keeping your living space clean.

I enjoy cooking, but prefer guests to organise their breakfasts, food provided. You will also need to be conscious of conserving resources such as water, electricity and recycling, I live below the minimum wage.

I recycle where possible and would like you to do the same.
Smoking is not permitted indoors.
Food and drinks are not to be consumed in carpeted areas without permission.

ABOUT MY HOME

I am a gay male, if you are not comfortable with that, it is up to you to decide whether you wish to be my guest/s. GLBTI and others are all welcome.

I am 54 years old, my partner died April 2016.
I have retired and I am happy to be your occasional, casual tour guide.
I have post-operative medical complications, due to major stomach surgery.

Guests must stay for at least 1 week, unless otherwise arranged.

Work arrangements can be negotiated, preferring 4 hours per day 5 days per week starting at 9AM sharp, in exchange for accommodation and meals.
Washing dishes after meals is part of the work.

If this sounds like your kind of helper experience, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Helper: Roxanne and Anthony Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 25, 2019
We spend 2 weeks with Gary. And... What can I say? Yes, he is a bit disorgan... view complete review

Helper: Sian Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: March 10, 2019
It is a pity that there are too many people give him a good review, I stay h... view complete review

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Helper: Alix and Alban Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 10, 2019
Sorry for the late review! We stayed two weeks from the 23th November. We sp... view complete review

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From: United States Date: December 25, 2018
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From: France Date: September 11, 2018
Gary is a great host. he was a great help to us when we arrived in Australia ... view complete review

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From: China Date: August 31, 2018
Sorry for my late remarks.kind of miss those days there. Actually I stayed i... view complete review

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From: China Date: August 25, 2018
GARY is a really nice guy ,all the previous reviews were true i promise Alth... view complete review

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From: China Date: July 10, 2018
Super full stars. Strongly Recommend.
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From: France Date: June 24, 2018
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From: China Date: June 17, 2018
This is our first time to be helpers, Gary is our first host. We are very gla... view complete review

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Starting from 24th March, we've spent the last 2 months as Gary's helpers, we... view complete review

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From: France Date: May 8, 2018
Gary welcomed me from April 5th, 2018 until May 8th, 2018. I agree with the n... view complete review

Helper: Jian Sun Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 9, 2018
Spent nearly 3 weeks at Gary's place in peaceful rural town of Mundaring. As... view complete review

Helper: Thomas BENAMIROUCHE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 2, 2018
To begin, I want to thank Gary again for having me at home. It was my firs... view complete review

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From: Belgium Date: March 9, 2018
Gary is a fantastic host! I loved my stay at his place. The granny flat is am... view complete review

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From: Malaysia Date: February 8, 2018
Gary is our 1st and last host in our helpx program in Perth. We planned to st... view complete review

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From: China Date: January 2, 2018
My plan was stay in Gary's house for about 2 to 3 weeks, and then find a job,... view complete review

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From: Italy Date: December 21, 2017
Where to start.., i planned to stay just a week in Garys' house, but I ended ... view complete review

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From: China Date: December 4, 2017
It's my first time to use Helpx and to Aus, i am so lucky to be gary' guest.... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: October 12, 2017
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From: China Date: September 24, 2017
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From: Malaysia Date: April 28, 2017
No word has been coined up till today to describe Gary's place and the peopl... view complete review

Helper: Jan and Marlena Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 24, 2017
Staying with Gary is like a backpacker hostel but better. There are always so... view complete review

Helper: Jingsi Wang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 10, 2017
I really enjoy the atmosphere in Gary's house, a lot of good memory with Gary... view complete review

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From: Poland Date: March 23, 2017
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From: Thailand Date: March 15, 2017
I stayed with Gary and Franz quite long ago and I need to write a review befo... view complete review

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From: France Date: March 13, 2017
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From: Taiwan Date: December 26, 2016
Hello there, Gary is a very kind, nice,interesting, n wonderful man. His h... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: September 18, 2016
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From: Brazil Date: August 3, 2016
I spent about 2 weeks in June in Gary's house. Nice place, Gary is a great h... view complete review

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From: China Date: July 20, 2016
One-month stay at Gary's house was so great! Gary is a very nice person to sp... view complete review

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From: China Date: July 3, 2016
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From: Germany Date: June 4, 2016
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From: Germany Date: May 30, 2016
Gary is a great host. It's not really work, it's more like coming home. You... view complete review

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From: Taiwan Date: May 3, 2016
I stay in Gary's home about 1 week. Gary took me to visit many places, to se... view complete review

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From: France Date: February 5, 2016
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From: China Date: January 20, 2016
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From: France Date: December 26, 2015
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From: France Date: October 29, 2015
You MUST go there! We were supposed to stay 2 weeks and finally left after 4... view complete review

Helper: Caan Hollenbach Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 14, 2015
I enjoyed my one-week stay at Gary and Franz's place very much. During my tim... view complete review

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From: United States Date: May 11, 2015
We had a great first helpx experience with Gary and Franz. They are both rea... view complete review

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From: Taiwan Date: March 5, 2015
Gary and Franz are nice people, and both of they are excellent cooker, we had... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: February 13, 2015
We had a wonderful time with Gary and Franz. They are great hosts and cooks. ... view complete review

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From: China Date: January 23, 2015
Gary and Franz were so great! I planed to stay for a week but stayed 18days i... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: December 15, 2014
I absolutely loved my stay with Gary and Franz! It felt like a home from hom... view complete review

Helper: Li ting Teng Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: December 13, 2014
I really enjoyed those works and stay with everyone who I met there (includes... view complete review

Helper: Sylvain and Solene Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 6, 2014
Gary and Franz were very nice hosts and we are very happy meeting them and to... view complete review

Helper: Adrien GUICHARDAZ Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 20, 2014
Gary and Frantz are very good hosts ! They are very helpfull, generous, t... view complete review

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From: Hong Kong Date: November 2, 2014
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From: Argentina Date: October 31, 2014
You will feel great helping this amazing people! They got a really beautiful ... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: September 19, 2014
It was a very pleasant week staying at Franz's and Gary's house. They are wel... view complete review

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From: Malta Date: February 26, 2014
We had a wonderful time with Gary and Franz. They are great hosts and cooks. ... view complete review

Helper: Hui Ting and Chang Ching Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: January 20, 2014
Thank you Gary and Franz! The 3 weeks we stayed in your place is our best tim... view complete review

Helper: Matteo Citton Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: January 8, 2014
I spent a month with Franz and Gary and it was a wonderful experience. The ho... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: December 4, 2013
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From: Germany Date: October 10, 2013
I've been at Gary and Franz's place for 9 weeks and i'll go back in the end o... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: March 7, 2013
We spent one week in Mundaring (Perth Hills) and had very good days there. G... view complete review

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