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Area (ha): All of Australia
Persons: Singles or Couples
Category: Other
Host ID: 22635
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: July 14, 2019

ROAD TRIP! ...if you are quick.

I am right now on a road trip. I'm in North Queensland and heading for Atherton Tablelands, Innott Hot Springs, THE OUTBACK and southeast to Byron Bay.
We will be camping in National Parks and enjoying some of Oz’s natural wonders. Maybe dropping into a festival or other events along the way.
I prefer on this occasion to travel with a woman who can hold a conversation, not stare at a screen as we travel through beautiful countryside, has some maturity and likes to adventure. This will be a two or three-week journey, depending on how much adventure we find along the way. Please, message me if you are interested. Cheers! Donny

Please, read EVERYTHING below before requesting a hosting.

He is a retired alternative builder. He is also an event manager, writer, musician, political activist... and long time, experienced, WWOOF and HelpX host (More than 20 years!)

Donny lived at Billen Cliffs Community for many years and often bases himself there house sitting… when not on the road. He also has a base on Russell Island just off the coast of Brisbane ...Ferry service every day.

Donny travels, a lot: Backroads; Free-camping; Attending Political Actions; Music Events and Festivals... or organising them, or volunteering with the set-up.

Work and travel with Donny are fun, artistic, safe, sustainable, fun, healthy, active, fun, politically GREEN and, well, more fun.

Billen Cliffs is my up north base near Nimbin and Byron Bay. It is not a farm. It is an organic and lifestyle community. It provides an opportunity to learn some about sustainable living, alternative building methods, permaculture, healthy eating and spiritual nurture. ( Have a look, CLICK ON THE WEB LINK ABOVE.) There are also other hosts at Billen Cliffs.

ABOUT THE ISLAND: I am more often looking after a luxury home on Russell Island island in Morton Bay off the coast of Brisbane. Here is swimming, boating, fishing, some work in the garden and house, exploring wetlands and other islands.

Work could be setting up a camp, gardening, helping on the land or an alternative building project, working with other HelpX Hosts, sometimes volunteering at or help with organising an entertaining event… nothing too complicated and nothing too routine. There could be opportunities to get involved in GREEN political events, like Protests, Blockades, Street Marches. Donny event manages these from time to time.
The help, of OPEN MINDED, fun-loving helpers, is always appreciated. I am open to single people or couples who can work with and without supervision. ADVENTURE IS GUARANTEED!.

ABOUT THE FUN: Visits to National Parks, bushwalking, swimming… in waterholes and rivers or the beach, a day at the markets, visiting interesting sites and places, chilling out at the Billen Coffee Club, Deep and meaningful conversations, watching wildlife… these are the sort of things we do when we are not working.

What do YOU like to do for fun?

If you join me on the road, you will experience the real Australia, meet interesting people, have fun, camp in the bush, maybe enjoy a festival, HelpX with me and maybe, some other hosts along our way.

I travel with a 4WD vehicle... and sometimes a Caravan. The car seats two people comfortably, with room for more if needed. I have ALL camping gear, including extra tents, and HOT SHOWER.

I will always help to keep your expenses to a minimum… however there will be times when you will meet your own expenses for things like event entry (if you are not on the volunteer team); special dietary needs; personal items and if we are travelling without a mission, for YOUR purposes, you would contribute to fuel costs.
I am flexible and willing to negotiate.

Minimum stay is a week, longer if we are on a project and you are having fun.

We will eat healthy… a lot of raw-food, mostly vegetarian and mostly organic meals, avoiding processed foods. Camp cooking tastes great!

Cultural exchange, cooking, creative arts and healing skills are encouraged. If you can play music, sing, dance or entertain in any way you will be most welcomed.

Being open to living the moment, not too prudish, getting by without makeup, will guarantee you enjoy the experience fully.

Preference is given to those who have messaged or emailed early, describing their talents and aspirations and WHY YOU CHOOSE TO HelpX WITH ME.
Include photos of you, your helping experiences, your home and family if you like, or even your hometown.
THE SOONER YOU INDICATE INTEREST and start a conversation, the better chance of selection.

Generally, I want you to commit to staying a minimum of one week or more. You can stay longer than we agree if you are having fun... and it fits in with my itinerary. Work is four to six hours a day depending on weather, ability and willingness to compromise.

"Work is love made visible"... Kahlil Gibran.

If you understand the significance of this prophetic statement then you are the Helper I want… but only if you have an active profile with photos so I can make an informed decision


*Note: Some of the references below come from my NON-SINGLE days at Phoenix Rise on Billen Cliffs Community. Rule one of life: Things change!

reviews (14)
Helper: Aki FUNADA Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: February 19, 2019
I spended beautiful 2 weeks with Donny and another helpers (Aaron and Heather... view complete review

Helper: Heather bartels Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 4, 2019
My experience with Donny way lovely! He's truly one of a kind, be ready for... view complete review

Helper: Jingming GAO Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 19, 2018
It was so great to stay with Donny & Karan & Joy. But first of all, I wanna s... view complete review

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Helper: Pablo Martin Ferrareis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: January 23, 2017
I had a great time with this lovely family. It was my first experience living... view complete review

Helper: Nicole Foxworth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 27, 2016
Donny, Karen and Joy were a pleasure to stay with! I stayed for two weeks hel... view complete review

Helper: Ary DE BASCOCHE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Caledonia Date: June 15, 2016
I realy enjoyed to stay with Donny, Karen and Joy for two weeks it was a very... view complete review

Helper: Rini Littleson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: February 18, 2016
I stayed at Phoenix Rise for 3.5 weeks and had a great time with this lovely,... view complete review

Helper: Sebastian Scholz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 5, 2014
An experience that I was looking for. Right in the midst of nature, amongst t... view complete review

Helper: Georg Loessl Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 2, 2014
Wonderfull place! If you seeking for nature, peace and a "different" little ... view complete review

Helper: Anna Chatburn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 16, 2014
The village is a beautiful natural area and interesting community. I saw lots... view complete review

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Helper: Julie Lhuillier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 19, 2014
Oh my God. I just realized I did not write the review I was so sure I wrot... view complete review

Helper: Sophie Morize Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 24, 2014
Thank you so much to all of you to made my stay unique ! Here, you will un... view complete review

Helper: Wenqing Guo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: February 18, 2014
Words failed me when I tried to describe Donny, Karen and Joy. They are reall... view complete review

Helper: Anne-sophie LEVIGNEUX Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 7, 2013
I spent two weeks with Donny, Karen and Joy in their community! And it was a ... view complete review

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