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Melbourne
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 24324
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: December 10, 2019

** We have enough helpers at the moment **

If you like being outside, love dogs, nature, good food, peace and quiet, and have worked with horses before, this is the place for you!

We need one or two people to help us prepare our property for summer (fire season). Pruning, whipper snippering, mowing (ride on mower) and collecting sticks are the types of things we are asking helpers to do.

We also have horses that are worked daily, so two stables need to be cleaned out and prepared each day. Other horses need to be fed and watered. If you have experience working with horses, that would be a big bonus! We don't have horses to ride, as they are dressage competition horses, but there are opportunities to work with them in other ways, especially if you have previous experience.

Help is required for around 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Weekends and afternoons are free for you to sleep, explore, play with our friendly dogs and cat, binge watch a TV series - whatever you like!

In return for your work we offer a comfortable bedroom, bathroom, meals, wifi, use of a pool in summer and your own separate lounge/retreat. We're not near public transport, but shops, cafes, cinemas and trains etc are only a 10/15 minute drive away, and we're happy to drive you to local places. We have lots of lovely wineries, markets, nature walks and interesting places to see.

Our family of 4 (mum, dad and two daughters, 21 and 16) live on a quiet, picturesque 8 acre property around 35 kilometres east of Melbourne. We're a friendly family that enjoys getting to know new people and learning about different countries and cultures. We especially like to prepare meals together as it provides a great opportunity to chat and swap travelling stories (and recipes!). For the time you are with us, you are treated as a family member.

Our pets include 2 dogs, lots of horses and two friendly inside cats named Maxwell and Captain.

Please note that we offer one weeks accommodation to start with. At the end of the first week, we discuss how our arrangement is going, and, if all is good and both parties are happy, we extend the time frame.

Unfortunately we can't sign off on second year visas.

reviews (21)
Helper: Lucie and Thomas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 22, 2019
First, Kelly, Ian, Louisa and Claudia, thanks again for hosting us, we had re... view complete review

Helper: Letitia Spokes-rafaniello Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 28, 2019
I was only there for a week. Absolutely fantastic family. So easy to get alon... view complete review

Helper: Manon and Samson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 8, 2019
Amazing stay with the Smith family ! If you want to feel integrate with an ... view complete review

Helper: Lea Loubier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 26, 2019
Thank you again for welcoming me to your beautiful property for the 3 weeks I... view complete review

Helper: Kathrine and Kasper Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: February 25, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with Ian, Kelly, Louisa and Claudia. ... view complete review

Helper: Martin and Marie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 20, 2018
We stayed with Kellie, Ian and their daughters for nearly two weeks and had a... view complete review

Helper: Bertrand and Florent Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 26, 2018
It was our first helpx experience and it was awesome. Kelly knows a lot of v... view complete review

Helper: roman grees Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 2, 2018
My 10 days here were super great! Ian & Kellie are great with their guests an... view complete review

Helper: David Fleming Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: October 23, 2017
Apologies for taking so long to write this, but at least I'm doing it now. I ... view complete review

Helper: Pierre and Morgan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 3, 2016
We stayed just one week in this family, but it was an amazing week! We are ve... view complete review

Helper: Maxime Brunet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 12, 2016
I ask to the Smith family for stay just 2 week with them. But be carefull be... view complete review

Helper: Laurie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 20, 2016
I firstly ask to spend 3 weeks with Kellie, Ian, Alec, Louisa and Claudia ! ... view complete review

Helper: Theresa Renkamp Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 25, 2015
My stay at Wonga Park was such a great experience. I felt very welcome and I ... view complete review

Helper: John Hills Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 25, 2015
There are not enough stars in the galaxy to show how amazing the Smith family... view complete review

Helper: Matthias Leix Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 1, 2015
This was a unique experience. I wish I could have stayed longer. The whole fa... view complete review

Helper: Matthias Leix Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 1, 2015
This was a unique experience. I wish I could have stayed longer. The whole fa... view complete review

Helper: Marlies and Wout Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: January 3, 2015
This was our first helpx experience, so we didn'treally know what to expect.... view complete review

Helper: Anna Sasser Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 7, 2014
Where to begin? This may be the most amazing family in Australia. I was plan... view complete review

Helper: La and Florent Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 17, 2014
We stayed 1 month with Smith Family and they are just awesome! Dogs, Horses a... view complete review

Helper: Jaana kokkonen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: April 30, 2014
I spent almost two months with the Smith family and enjoyed it a lot! I got t... view complete review

Helper: Zo rousset Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 13, 2013
I live 6 weeks in kellies familly and it's was a good experience! As soon as ... view complete review

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