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close to Melbourne
All Year: not in Januari, and may-sept
Area (ha): 11
Persons: up to 4
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 8420
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: October 21, 2019

Hi all!


HI! After November 8 - we will need people to help us with our firewood; (cutting, splitting, stacking)
We also have an old bedford bus, that needs cleaning and renovating- all the way from scratch.

so- work will (mainly) be working with chainsaw and cutter, stacking, driving with quad, (laughing), and pressure washing, scrubbing, etc.


Of course as always there is horse, pig care, and play with our 5 dogs.
We are always in need of people who love cooking and eating, being down to earth, love children (over 14) are nice, easy going, love to play on the trampoline, throwing sticks, swimming, make a great cocktail, etc.

You will learn a LOT of new skills.
because of the work you need workable english.

Sleep etc will be in our guesthouse, with its own living-room and tv and 3 bedrooms ( all of a very high standard- it is also rented out on airbnb), all daily meals will be eaten together in our warm family of 5, - but on weekends (fri-sat) the idea is you cook for yourself, (although everything can be talked about!) - and of course we provide ingredients if you cook! . The rule is; good workers get good food :-)

If you have experience with tools or construction or any type of hard work, that would be greatly appreciated. ( we specifically need an electrician to wire up some lights :-) )

appreciation of (big) DOGS and teenagers (14 and up) is a must.
We have a fb page with photo's etc (third 'website link')
Trickle Hill is about 50 km from Melbourne CBD, in one of the most beautiful areas of Australia *( and we have travelled quite a bit of it!)
We are 1 hour by car, 1.5 hr by PT from Flinders station, 15 minutes from one of the largest national parks, 30 minutes from the yarra valley with all its wineries, and we are very close to the Puffing billy- one of Australias most fun steam trains!!!
(but it is fun at home too :-) )

Now about us;

We are 5 Dutchies, moved to Oz in '07, and after half a year of travelling, we found this wonderful property.
We are working from/at home, doing "nothing" but working our butts off. Fencing, building, growing, surviving natural elements, and taking care of our animals (4 HORSES,5 DOGS, chooks, pigs, DUCKS, indoor REPTILES and BIRDS- we all had to learn it in the past years, and are still learning. As there wasn't much here, and our plans are big (and growing in number every day) we can always use, and appreciate help of enthusiastic people with initiative who want to share a bit of our life.

Work will be erratic hours - we make long days ourselves- with coffee and lunch breaks with lovely food, and stay in a separate guesthouse. We expect around 4-6 help hours a day, and don't see help in the kitchen as work, but as a joint experience. (and necessary to keep the place running) We eat meat which is homegrown and healthy , but if you like to convince us vegetarian is great- you can do so y cooking for us ;-) vegans would cause a but if a stir here- so better not. , whereas gluten free is NO PROBLEM :-)

Look at our website for more info!

We expect you to have appropriate insurance, and generally don't plan more then 2 weeks ahead (things can move really fast here, or extremely slow... :-)

If you are interested, LOOK AT OUR FB page and email us from it . Or call- which is again much faster. - there is a lot of info on us and what we do, and a blog about people we have had helping us out. There is also a bit that you must read, as you will better understand what we ask and need.

Hope to see you soon!!!

reviews (21)
Helper: Camille Glomot Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 16, 2018
I stay one week here with Arthur and Aukje, and it was definitely a nice plac... view complete review

Helper: Hannah Teckkam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 29, 2016
Great hosts, lovely family and in a really nice location. I stayed just le... view complete review

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Helper: Alexandra Borys Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 16, 2015
I have to say that i had an amazing stay with this great family that you are ... view complete review

Helper: Patrick Eagle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 3, 2015
Had a fantastic time here staying with Aukje and Arthur and the rest of the V... view complete review

Helper: Lewis Hagger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 10, 2014
I left here over a month ago and am now living in Melbourne but honestly, I w... view complete review

Helper: Githa Postma Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: February 28, 2014
This was my first help-x experience and I couldn't have come to a better plac... view complete review

Helper: Stephane and Florence Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: February 24, 2014
We both enjoyed our stay in this Helpx. It's a funny and busy family and ther... view complete review

Helper: Harriet and James Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 25, 2014
We've just left here after the most amazing two-and-a-bit months. We were wor... view complete review

Helper: Paul and Sharon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 11, 2013
We have had a wonderful month here. While our main task was to house sit and ... view complete review

Helper: Antoine Pizel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 13, 2013
I've been a month here and I did enjoy it. Aukje is always in a good mood fr... view complete review

Helper: Miia and Janne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: March 27, 2013
we realy enjoy our staying with you guys! it was nice to see that there is al... view complete review

Helper: Phil Warcup Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 28, 2013
hay guys sorry i'v been a bit late on the review but i had a great time st... view complete review

Helper: CARMELA PIA and GIAN MARCO Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 13, 2012
Hello!!! We spent 3 weeks in this farm and we enjoyed it!! The family is fu... view complete review

Helper: Liv-Maritt van Wijngaarden Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: June 17, 2012
I've spend more than a week with this family. It was hard work but a good tim... view complete review

Helper: Max and Abigail Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: April 25, 2012
We spent the week in this lovely area with a really nice family (and pets!). ... view complete review

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Helper: Declan Marshall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 1, 2012
Such A warm and welcoming family from the moment you arrive to the moment you... view complete review

Helper: Mattia Ferri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: February 13, 2012
After nearly 4 months around Australia, this is the BEST family I've ever met... view complete review

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Helper: Aurelie and Samuel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 24, 2011
We spent a week at Aukje and Arthurís place. We were staying in a comfortable... view complete review

Helper: Dion and Courroye and Grand Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 5, 2011
We began our trip in Australia with thia family...and we spent a real good ti... view complete review

Helper: Bernd Dieker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 7, 2010
Unfortunately I had only 5 days on the little farm, but these 5 days I will n... view complete review

Helper: Hoi sun Snoek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: October 16, 2010
This is a great family to stay with. They are friendly and warm and when they... view complete review

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