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Ballarat
All Year: Most of the year
Area (ha): 12
Persons: maximum of 4 people
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41803
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: November 17, 2019

Hello travelers, welcome to Australia.

I am a friendly, relaxed, woman in my 50’s, with no children, no pets at the moment. Occasionally I have some neighbours cows on the property amd sometimes we are visited by the local kangaroos, koalas or echidnas. Non-smoker, I maintain a smoke free home, but have an undercover BBQ area where friends can go to smoke if necessary. My late husband and I traveled extensively around Australia and overseas, loved meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and sharing this fantastic country with others.

*** Ideally I am looking for couples or two friends traveling together.***

*** I was absent from Helpx for a while during my husband John`s illness but am open to enquiries from helpers again now. ***

Our 12 hectare property is in Yendon, near Ballarat and comprises of 2 hectares of gum trees, 8 hectares of paddocks and 2 hectares around the house including the house garden, orchard and vegetable garden. We are surrounded by a mix of native bush areas and farmland with lots of native birds around us.

My home is comfortable with guest bedrooms and a bathroom at one end, master bedroom and en-suite is at the other end, with kitchen and open plan living space in between. Wireless internet is available.

I enjoy a wide variety of foods and am happy to learn new recipes.

The property is located 20 minutes from the Ballarat railway station (by car). Ballarat is an historical city with it`s roots going back to the state`s gold rush days and has a lot to offer tourists. Our nearest town is Buninyong (10 minutes by car) which offers most services.

Since establishing our own business at home, and since John passed away in 2018, I find that while running the business on my own, I have less time to keep on top of the general chores around the house and property. Some of which are:
• Around the house the garden needs renovation – pruning, weeding, and planting.
• Caring for the orchard and perhaps helping with cooking or preserving some produce.
• Maintaining the vegetable garden and getting ready for seasonal plantings
• Doing some painting and building projects around the house and in the garden.
• Fallen trees around the property need to be cut and split for our future fire wood supplies.
* Repairing or replacing some fencing around the property
* Helping with household chores (especially if it is too hot/cold/wet to work outside)

The list of chores seems endless, so if you have the skills or experience that could help me to get things done around the property, that would be great.
I have a shed full of all the tools that help to make the jobs easier.

I anticipate you would be able to provide me around 25 hours work per week in exchange for accommodation and meals. I am flexible in how the work hours can be arranged.


Unfortunately I am not able to assist with requirements to gain a second year visa at this time.

I can collect you from the Ballarat railway station if you don`t have your own car, and I have a couple of bicycles you can borrow if you want to explore the neighborhood or nearby towns.

I make frequent trips to the nearby towns of Ballarat and Buninyong and would be happy to take you into either town if you wish to explore.

I would love to hear from you to discuss all the possibilities, and look forward to sharing this part of Australia with you.

Regards, Amanda

reviews (23)
Helper: Vivien and Camille Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 28, 2018
We spent 3 weeks with Amanda and such a great  time. Amanda is a welcoming pe... view complete review

Helper: Clara and Fabien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 30, 2018
Nous avons passés 2 semaines chez Amanda, c'était vraiment super, nous nous s... view complete review

Helper: Van Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 18, 2017
I stayed 2 weeks with John and Amanda. I helped them around their property wi... view complete review

Helper: Madeline and Florent Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 5, 2017
We had a amazing time staying with John and Amanda for about 3 weeks! It was ... view complete review

Helper: Jantine baas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: October 14, 2017
John and Amanda are the most lovely couple i ever met, they are so sweet and ... view complete review

Helper: Kristine and Celine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 28, 2017
Our stay at Amanda and John's beautiful place is already a while ago, but not... view complete review

Helper: Jannis Schliesser Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 27, 2017
Me and a friend of mine stayed with John and Amanda for 7days. We really enjo... view complete review

Helper: Kassie and Emanuele Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 14, 2017
Only stayed 1 week with amanda and john, it felt to short i wish we could hav... view complete review

Helper: Pil & Thi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 1, 2017
We spent 5 weeks unforgettable at Amanda & John! They are adorable, friendly ... view complete review

Helper: Erwan and Dimitri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 24, 2017
Hi :) We spent two wonderful weeks at John & Amanda's house. It was our fi... view complete review

Helper: Małgorzata and Marek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: March 27, 2017
We spent almost 3 weeks with Amanda and John. It was our first helpx experien... view complete review

Helper: Marina and Mickaël Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 21, 2017
We stay for almost 2 weeks at Amanda and John's place in November and it is o... view complete review

Helper: Ioani and Adeline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 4, 2017
Amanda and John are generous, open minded and kind persons. We really en... view complete review

Helper: Marjolaine and Lori Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 5, 2016
These 2 weeks passed at Amanda and John's property were wonderful.. We have ... view complete review

Helper: Hikari Toyozato Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: June 3, 2016
First of all I would like to thank you for everything... I stayed with Am... view complete review

Helper: Hannah Sharpley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: April 21, 2016
I stayed for two weeks with Amanda and John, which was an amazing experienc... view complete review

Helper: Shirin and Daniel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 17, 2016
First of all: Thank you! We spent one week at John and Amanda's and would ha... view complete review

Helper: Felix and Lisa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 28, 2016
Although a bit late, we decided to write a review for this wonderful people. ... view complete review

Helper: Caroline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 14, 2016
I spent almost three weeks in February with Amanda and John and it was one of... view complete review

Helper: Justine and Ross Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 9, 2016
We stayed with John and Amanda for almost 3 weeks and had a great time. We hi... view complete review

Helper: Stéphane DOIN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 24, 2016
I planned to stay 2 weeks, but I stayed one month with John and Amanda. Th... view complete review

Helper: Marie and Nicolas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 5, 2015
We stayed at Amanda and John's for about 10 days and that was great! They ... view complete review

Helper: Hayley and Erin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 1, 2015
We stayed with John and Amanda for a month, and being that they were our firs... view complete review

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