WWOOF originally stood for “Working Weekends on Organic Farms” and began in England in 1971. Sue Coppard, a woman working as a secretary in London, wanted to provide urban dwellers with access to the countryside, while supporting the organic movement. Her idea started with trial working weekends for four people at the biodynamic farm at Emerson College in Sussex. People soon started volunteering for longer periods than just weekends, so the name was changed to Willing Workers on Organic Farms and in recent times this has become known as World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
WWOOF at Shamrock Vale Station
Shamrock Vale Station WWOOF hosting program gives you the opportunity to work on an Australian Farm, exchanging a maximum of 38 hours per week in exchange for food and accommodation. Within close proximity to Brisbane and the Gold Coast you won’t feel like you’re stuck out a remote farm and still have access to the city, world class beaches and a variety of tourist attractions.
The variety doesn’t end off with off farm opportunities. On farm, unlike most farms where the focus is just one type of farming, we can offer you a truly diverse experience!
The farm is home to;
- Goshu Wagyu; an elite breeding and genetic supplier of Tajima cattle (Japanese Breed) for the domestic and international market
- Cropping Services; for supplementary cattle feed
- Honey B Honey where we produce our own organic honey and
- Benwerrin our nearby sister farm is a thoroughbred race horse training and spelling facility
Since purchasing the farm in 2013, we have been working to be more sustainable. We’ve added rainwater tanks (an extra 240,000 storage litres combined) and 6 solar PV systems (over 77,000W). We often use electric golf carts around the homestead grounds and are expanding the vegetable gardens & fruit orchards for our own self-sufficiency.
Work includes basic gardening, planting, weeding, mowing (ride-on), whipper-snipping, hedging, egg collecting & general farm maintenance. Depending on your level of interest we also can provide experience with cattle work and bee keeping.
We have a reputation for offering a high standard of modern, clean, separate accommodation for our WWOOFers. Our Woofers facility has its own kitchen, dining, lounge room, outdoor covered entertaining area, male and female bathrooms, laundry & 4 bedrooms. (mix of 1 x single bed bedroom, 2 x bunk rooms (2 beds per room) and 1 x couples double bedroom).
We also provide supermarket vouchers, so you have the freedom to choose and cook the food you like!!
There are ample activities within the station such as – billiard table, ping pong, fishing & kayaking on our lagoons, hiking in our own valley with scenic views of the region, race down our 1/2 km concrete driveway on our drift trikes, take out our motorised go-karts or just relax and read a book at our gazebo on the lagoon.
Some of the popular off farm activities include;
- World famous Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast + its many attractions, shopping and markets
- Gold Coast theme parks – Dreamworld, Movie World, Wet n Wild and Sea World
- Tamborine Mountain – Hiking, rainforests, waterfalls, glow worm caves, scenic views, hang gliders, wineries, Thunderbird park with thunder egg fossicking, flying fox/ zip lines and Aboriginal Corroboree show
- Variety of local swimming holes, waterfalls and creeks to cool off in the summer months
- Ecopark Fishing World
- Kingston Park Raceway (Go karts)
- Poppy’s Chocolate Factory (Beenleigh)
- Planet Commando (Yatala)
- Supercars Driving Experience (Norwell)
- Bayside Wakepark Cable Skiing (Carbrook)
- Daisy Hill Koala Centre
- Chambers Flat Stawberry Farm
To check availability with Shamrock Vale Station contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org