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via Apollo Bay
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1-4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 38614
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: October 7, 2019

Thanks to HelpX and Airbnb I have had the pleasure to host folk from many countries in my home. Surrounded by farmland and National Park forests, with valley and Southern Ocean views above the famous Great Ocean Road 18 km from Apollo Bay, Koalas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Kookaburras, and Echidnas abound. Birdlife is abundant, including the Rufus Bristlebird which is found ONLY here in their habitat specific Otways. We have Waterfalls and bushwalks, beaches for surf and swimming, Art/Craft galleries and there is Music almost every weekend of the year, and bushwalking and cycling are very popular in the district.
A VLine bus runs between Geelong and Apollo Bay (about 3 hours) and transport can be arranged from Apollo Bay or Skenes Creek at a small fee.
I love to meet new people, learn about their culture and share mine and host them in my home in exchange for some help to set up my gardens and animal yards and housing, as well as some help with the housework and improvements and with technology. I now focus on chickens and smaller pets and creating a beautiful garden. I am awaiting knee surgery so will soon (hopefully) need even more help than previously to care for animals and run the house while I recover. Hours of work in exchange for accommodation and meals is negotiated upon contact, a rough guide is 2 hours of work for a night`s accommodation and 3-4 hours for all meals and accommodation. This is very flexible depending on the skill level and work that needs to be done and includes 3 meals a day. The work is usually by no means arduous and I do not crack the whip. Saturday is a no work day, Sunday is negotiable and Wednesday & Friday each week I go to town for choir, yoga, shopping etc. except during school holidays. Helpers are well fed and not treated like slaves, are expected to keep their own room clean and clean up after themselves and help with meals prep and cooking. I no longer provide free internet, it has been costing me more than I can afford and travelers these days have their own mobile phones with their own data in their plan. Aust. does not have free unlimited internet. As I host guests through Airbnb also, we need to keep the house as clean as possible, especially bathroom, toilet and kitchen! Currently, I have two single beds available in "Rooms 2 & 3" and a double bed in "Room 1". There is also a single bed in the study/office, and two thick foam mattresses which can make a very comfortable double bed or a super comfy single. A shared bathroom and separate inside toilet, a laundry, and a well-appointed kitchen. There is a sitting room with TV, and another with music player and instruments. Also a huge Art/Crafts room and the office/library. There is more than enough room if you want to set up your tent and "camp out". A deck out the back with tables and chairs gives one a relaxing place to enjoy the outdoors. Guests can be self-catering or share in my cooking and meals. My kitchen is kind of "Kosher": no pig products or shellfish allowed. Smoking must be done outside not inside the house, and butts placed into the ashtray or rubbish NOT dropped on the ground.
As I have ONLY tank water no mains water, showers or baths are limited to one per person each 24 hours and please try to take only 5 minutes. Personally, I get wet, turn the water off and soap up and scrub, then turn the water back on and enjoy rinsing off. :)
I take my non-driving guests to town with me when I go in if they want to come and sometimes I take them somewhere for a treat at the cost of running the car/petrol.
I am now 62, mother of two adult daughters, my first grand-baby has arrived. I have a very spoiled white cat, a beautiful British Blue, a black Labrador puppy, and a growing bantum x chook population. Also a pair of cockatiels and 2 canaries.
Unfortunately, I only speak English.
Photos: 1. Study now has 1 bed. 2. 2 Twin share private room. 3. Here I am at 12 Apostles with HelpXers. 4. Double bed private room. 5. Evening & I'm almost home. 6.

reviews (40)
Helper: Cecilia GE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 21, 2019
This is Cecilia, Ray is a very kind and lovely lady, I spend almost two weeks... view complete review

Helper: Marco Bettanello Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: August 19, 2019
That is been a really beautifull experince, almost the top of my helpx experi... view complete review

Helper: Jie Zhang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: July 25, 2019
Rey is an interesting person, I have come to her home for the second time. R... view complete review

Helper: Ye Zhou Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: July 23, 2019
Living at Raylene's home is like living in a fairy tale world. Up to now, I w... view complete review

Helper: Yihan and Shuqi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 28, 2019
Hi,Ray!This is Kayla and Sally!Already missed U ❤... view complete review

Helper: Ting Wang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 28, 2019
Highly Recommend! It's my First experience in helpX. Obvious i make a rig... view complete review

Helper: Amber and Dandelion Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 22, 2019
Highly recommended! This is my first helpX experience. Raylene is such a k... view complete review

Helper: Shumin Shi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 20, 2019
Sorry for the late review, Ray. It was my 1st helpx experience, and I think ... view complete review

Helper: Lydie BADOUX Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 4, 2019
Peaceful and nice stay at Raylene's farmhouse. I spent nearly one week at he... view complete review

Helper: Yuni and Hanyu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: March 4, 2019
It's a wonderful experience being helpers in Ray's house.Ray is a very great ... view complete review

Helper: David and Rown Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: February 1, 2019
That is a really great place to enjoy countryside life and muti-culture. We m... view complete review

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Helper: Anna-Lena and Celina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 29, 2018
Raylene is one of the most charismatic and full-of-the-joys-of-life persons w... view complete review

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Helper: Andrea Deibler Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2018
Finally I found some time to write a long overdue review. Last month, I spent... view complete review

Helper: Amandine Cordier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: December 17, 2018
I stayed longer than planned at Raylene (a little more than a week). I spent ... view complete review

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From: Mexico Date: December 2, 2018
Raylene is an amazing host, an admirable woman and her place is just beautifu... view complete review

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Helper: Olivia and Ting Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: November 23, 2018
It was sooooo lucky for us to stay with Ray!! You have to go the RayĎs, she i... view complete review

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From: China Date: September 25, 2018
Raylene is really a kind host, like our grandmother. She has many rooms, we a... view complete review

Helper: YANG Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 20, 2018
It is a real wonderful time to stay with Ray for about 2 weeks!! Ray is a ve... view complete review

Helper: Yuna and Yu ting Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: September 20, 2018
Hey Ray! Miss u so much, how is everything? We're sorry to write this so late... view complete review

Helper: Zhu tengda Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: July 29, 2018
I stayed in raylene house for two weeks and she is a nice lady, it's the mos... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: July 3, 2018
Aiiii Raylene! I was uploading my profile and Iíve just seen I hadnít written... view complete review

Helper: Jie Zhang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: June 17, 2018
The first time I participated in the helpx encounter was Ray and I was very f... view complete review

Helper: TAO and GUO Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: May 8, 2018
It was such a wonderful and great time to stay at Raylene's house, with the s... view complete review

Helper: Celia HEUB Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 25, 2018
Raylene is my first host and first experience in HelpX. Iíve passed one week... view complete review

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Helper: Hau ting liu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: February 2, 2018
This is my first time to be helpx . I really enjoy staying with Raylene for 9... view complete review

Helper: Roisin Campbell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 25, 2017
I am so grateful that I met Ray and spent a couple of weeks at her place with... view complete review

Helper: Kimberley and Curtis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 12, 2017
The beautiful, wonderful Raylene, where do we even begin?! If you have mad... view complete review

Helper: Angie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: August 31, 2017
I can't use words to describe the time stay at Raylene's house. Every day is ... view complete review

Helper: Jennifer and Lindsay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: August 8, 2017
We feel so fortunate for being able to stay with Raylene! She is such a beaut... view complete review

Helper: YUAN and YUEYUAN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: June 26, 2017
Raylene is a wonderful lady,we are staied her house about two weeks,that is a... view complete review

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Helper: Brendan of the World Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 7, 2017
I have been down the Great Ocean Road many, many times over the years, but th... view complete review

Helper: Martin estelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: May 16, 2017
Hello there!! If you like nature, cosy homestay, eating and have good laugh t... view complete review

Helper: Canhua and Jingyan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 11, 2017
I am so sorry for my late comments,Raylene is a very sweet woman and she did ... view complete review

Helper: James Michele Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 25, 2017
Sweet raylenne hosted my dog and I fot a week and a half. She was extremely w... view complete review

Helper: Manning and Qianyao Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: March 18, 2017
Raylene is a very nice lady who is alway with a big smile all the day. She ho... view complete review

Helper: Zachary and Joanne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: March 16, 2017
My boyfriend ,my brother and I have been helpers for a week in this be... view complete review

Helper: Tao Tang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: March 9, 2017
Raylene is a very nice, warm, kind-hearted lady.It is not an exaggeration to ... view complete review

Helper: Anja Elsner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 7, 2017
Dear Raylene, thank you for the warm welcomming at your home. You are one th... view complete review

Helper: Amaury and Davrine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 24, 2017
Hi you who are reading this post, don't hesitate to go into Raylene House it ... view complete review

Helper: Louise Elliott Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 31, 2016
I stayed with Raylene for a week and I had such a good time. I saw and did so... view complete review

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