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All Year: February to November
Area (ha): 500
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 22969
Region: New South Wales

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Last Updated: April 14, 2019


You Will Love The Food,
The Easy Going Lifestyle,
Our Interest In Your Stories ;
The Warm Fire on a Winter's Night
The Cool Brick Floors in Summer
You will be Treated Like Family.

At our front entrance, there is a Ring Tree. This is a 300-year-old Eucalyptus tree with an Ancient Aboriginal limb-ring marker designating a special place. This area was believed to be a ceremonial place for the Wiradjuri Nation Aboriginal people, a place of shelter and abundance.
Our home is the original managerial residence of Wallendbeen Station, the first white settlement in our region.
Today we will celebrate our abundant rural life with you in your homestay. You will share our home, our interest, and love of Australian culture and food.

It's EASY TO GET HERE ON THE XPT TRAIN TO COOTAMUNDRA. We are on the main rail line between Sydney and Melbourne.

This is a family farm. We grow sheep for wool, Mustard for biofumigation and pigs for suckling pig orders. We always have piggy things to do!!!! A major section of our farm is leased
We have a great veggie patch, a 2.5-acre garden, two house dogs, one cat and four chooks!.
We are developing a Pig equipment business and David continues with his photography

We can only host two helpers.
Vegetarian, Vegan, or Paleo ... you are welcome
We invite you to come to our farm as our guest. We like the exchange concept and in you will learn new skills. We would love your general farm or household help. We are looking for people who care. Computer Facebook and Amazon selling skills are also appreciated!
A nearby cottage or our hand cut stone church (circa 1850) is in need of some attention
There is always painting or weeding to do.

You will live in your own room in our modern home. Your room is separate to the other family bedrooms. You'll have access to the free ADSL household Wi-Fi.

We love art, travel, gardens, and people. We love to share a dinner with international guests and will engage in your culture to make it a rewarding experience for us all. We are particularly interested in the food that forms a special part of your life. We like to cook the food of all countries in the world.

I practice meditation in many forms and Gen loves reading and gardening. She also has led tour groups to Japan; China, Scotland and now Iran
There are loads of books to read or browse and an open fire in the winter. The house and gardens are beautifully peaceful. We have loads of gardenning to do LOL

I (David) work on the farm all week. Genevieve is a former ABC radio talkback presenter in Canberra. You can look her up here: She now has her own media consulting company
We have 4 children. Two adult boys are working in Sydney, Gus is living at home and working locally, and our 19 year old daughter, Rosie is at Newcastle Uni. You might see her at the farm from time to time. She loves horses and dogs.
We are sure you will love Sheila (Irish terrier dog), and Stella(cat) and Rocket our Jack Russell

We have an agricultural ABN (Australian Business Number). Our postcode is NSW 2588. If employed your work will be consistent with the Australian Governments' regional 2nd Year visa basic requirements and will form part of the 88-day minimum employment with different employers.When employed we pay the part-time rate derived from the NSW Rural Pastoral Award. Please check out visa requirements yourself. We absolutely qualify when we have the work. We prefer helpers who can stay from Monday to Friday. We do not do the 88-day visa block employment.

There are lots of things to do on weekends

We live 1km to the Wallendbeen village, near the Olympic Highway. Railway stop connections to Cootamundra or Harden are very close, with the XPT train. You can take an NSW country link bus from Canberra, directly to Wallendbeen. Or we could pick you up if at a nearby town.
If you are looking for a break between Sydney and Melbourne try us!

Please email if you want to make our farm part of your happy journey and a truly rural experience.

You can look at YouTube video below.

reviews (8)
Helper: Chuchu Wang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 17, 2017
David is the best host I have ever seen.My friend Chuyu and I stay there for ... view complete review

Helper: Lisa Kirchner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 30, 2017
I need more stars to give ★★★★★★★ ... view complete review

Helper: Yang CHEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 24, 2017
David is a good host. I spent 5 days there and everyday enjoyed delicious foo... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie Beyrie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 7, 2015
I stayed a couple of weeks and David is a very welcome and lovely host. The p... view complete review

Helper: Maud decombe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 17, 2014
I spend 3 weeks with david and had a very nice time. David is an amazing cook... view complete review

Helper: Xuan and Min Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 8, 2014
David is a really nice man.He is knowledgable and fun.In addition,he is good ... view complete review

Helper: Jaana Puska Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: April 14, 2014
I spent nearly 2 weeks at David's farm and I really enjoined my time there! I... view complete review

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Helper: Eloise Lolo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 30, 2014
I stayed 5 days with David. He has a big house and garden. He has many storie... view complete review

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