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Ballarat
All Year: Not July or August
Area (ha): 10.3
Persons: Up to three.
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 31648
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: August 19, 2019

We're always interested in hearing from strong, young people willing and able to help us in the garden and on the farm - those who are also interested in sharing experiences and culture in a happy atmosphere. We prefer non-smokers and omnivores!

Over the years, we have enjoyed the company of about fifty HelpXers. We especially enjoy helping new arrivals settle into Australia during their GAP year or during tertiary studies, giving non-intrusive support and advice. Many of our HelpXers return for a second and sometimes third visit

It’s too cold to take anyone at present (June) but we are starting to think about who might like to come here when the weather warms up. This year, we shall not take anyone until late October because we shall be in Europe ourselves (with others looking after the farm) but we would love to hear from anyone planning now and interested in spending time with us then.

This is an old family property first established by my Great Grandfather in the 1850s, although we now live on a small section of the original property. My wife and I were formerly running a merino sheep stud and there are still sheep on the property. We have a large garden which needs constant work and from time to time also undertake more major projects around the farm for which we seek strong, enthusiastic assistance! We try to match the work expectations to the skills and interests of our guests. Over the last year or so, we have been establishing a large ornamental lake.

Basic fitness and a readiness to learn and be involved are essential. We prefer to speak English but have some limited French. We are 90 minutes from Melbourne just outside the historic city of Ballarat in central Victoria. We offer full board in pleasant surroundings with us in the old family homestead in return for about fours hours of work each day on average. We feel that short term stays of two to three weeks are best, but some people do return! As the photos show, we have two dogs who do come inside and we (almost) have a lake for swimming.

We are happy to collect you from the Ballarat Railway Station and we are very willing to help young visitors to this country see around this district. At one time, Andrew taught English at one of Australia's best known schools and he will be pleased to help with English skills if that is wanted.

reviews (32)
Helper: Rasmus Callesen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: April 12, 2019
I have just finished a week stay at Andrew and Carols farm. They are lovely p... view complete review

Helper: Markus Kilian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 22, 2019
Eventhough I only stayed half a week with Andrew and Carol, they were very we... view complete review

Helper: Philipp Patzelt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 20, 2018
Carol and Andrew thank you for contacting me, it couldn't have been a better ... view complete review

Helper: Peter Last Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 21, 2017
i was looking around Ballarat train station looking a little lost when Andrew... view complete review

Helper: Asbjoern cortnum Joergensen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: December 19, 2017
I stayed with Carol and Andrew for 12 days and I really enjoyed it. Even thou... view complete review

Helper: Corentin Rolland Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 3, 2017
Memories  unforgettable. I passed a couple of weeks with Andrew, Carol & an... view complete review

Helper: David anthony Rogers Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: October 30, 2017
I stayed with Andrew and Carol for about 3 weeks it was an absolute pleasure ... view complete review

Helper: Nicolas and Laurčne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 22, 2017
Dear Andrew and Carol, a big thank you for these two weeks spent by your side... view complete review

Helper: Jean-maxime and Lola Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 26, 2017
Hi ! We stayed two perfect weeks in Andrew and Carol's house ! They are reall... view complete review

Helper: Ivan and Rauen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 26, 2017
We stayed two weeks in Andrews and Carols wonderful house, where we were w... view complete review

Helper: Achille BOSOM Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: February 22, 2017
Hi Andrew and carol I stayed two weeks with Carol and Andrew; they took car... view complete review

Helper: Jessie Yang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: February 2, 2017
We spent one week in Andrew and Carol's house during Christmas.That was wonde... view complete review

Helper: Nathan Grossmann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: January 19, 2017
The ten days that I spent with were really great. If you're looking for a pla... view complete review

Helper: Melanie Dietrich Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 30, 2016
Andrew and Carol are super nice and enjoyable people, who made me feel most w... view complete review

Helper: Simon Kienesberger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Austria Date: December 12, 2016
Andrew's and Carol's place was my first helpx-experience and as you can imagi... view complete review

Helper: Ben Burnett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 22, 2016
Stayed with Andrew and Carol for 3 weeks and I loved every moment of it ! The... view complete review

Helper: Peer Taake Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 21, 2016
Carol and Andrew contacted and offered me to stay with them before I came to ... view complete review

Helper: Marvin Vitorino Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 13, 2016
Carol and Andrew contacted me and were asking for a few days of work and I ac... view complete review

Helper: Antoine Pierard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: May 31, 2016
I spend 2 wonderful weeks with Carol and Andrew in their beautiful farm. The ... view complete review

Helper: Manuel Streich Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 28, 2016
Andrew and Carol are the most wonderful hosts you'll ever find. I fully enjoy... view complete review

Helper: Kurt Jacobson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 30, 2016
I had a lovely two weeks with Andrew and Carol, they were both very welcoming... view complete review

Helper: Christoph Hentschel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 25, 2016
I stayed two weeks here and it was the greatest start you can have in Austral... view complete review

Helper: Nicolas ODEKERKEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 28, 2016
I stayed 2 or 3 weeks in this great place and that was very helpful for learn... view complete review

Helper: Florian Gaisrucker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 9, 2015
I’m Florian and I stayed 2 weeks here during my work and travel year. I plan... view complete review

Helper: Felix McGregor Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: South Africa Date: December 5, 2015
Andrew and Carol are special people and I have made some special memories and... view complete review

Helper: Gonzalo Areco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: November 15, 2015
For me was the first experience in Australia and Helpx. And was amazing. I s... view complete review

Helper: Olivier Herrou Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 19, 2015
My friend and me had start our trip in Australia at Greenwood, Eildon Spring... view complete review

Helper: Arthur Schleip Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 5, 2015
Every new backpacker knows the helpless, lack of perspective feeling after ar... view complete review

Helper: Maxence Maisonnat Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 7, 2015
I did my first Helpx with Andrew and Carol and I am far from being disappoint... view complete review

Helper: Fabio and Frederic Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 11, 2014
Our first helpX and Australia experience couldn't start better than with Andr... view complete review

Helper: Geoffrey Chapman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 10, 2014
I stayed with Andrew and Carol for one short week and had a wonderful time. T... view complete review

Helper: Lea and Tabea Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 26, 2014
The last two weeks we spent with the Greenwoods have been a wonderful time fo... view complete review

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