Matthew Allen and Fiona George

Host Profile

    My Property

    Business Type

    Commercial Farm

    Farming methods


    Short Property Description

    Broken Nose Vanilla is Australia’s no.1 vanilla plantation, and is located in Tropical Far North Queensland. We are committed to sustainable, organic farming principles, and use no chemicals – no pesticides, no chemical fertilisers. Apart from our vanilla orchids, we also have mangosteens, carambola, breadfruit, mango and rambutan trees which are all productive.

    We also have a small commercial kitchen in which we produce a range of artisan products for sale both in Australia and overseas. Our vanilla products have won many prizes, and our vanilla flavour profiles are excellent!

    Organic/Biological methods we use

    We hand mulch with green waste, and we use our own bio fertilisers to encourage growth in the vanilla. However, because the area is so suited to vanilla growing, there is not a great need for much extra ‘help’ from the bio fertilisers.

    In order to dissuade pests from eating the vanilla we use exclusion methods, and grow our vanilla in purpose built greenhouses which are enclosed by cloth. This is successful in keeping pests out of the crops.

    My Details

    The Stay

    Can Accommodate

    2 WWOOFers

    Preferred length of Stay

    1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks


    In Our Home, Caravan

    Other options

    Smoking allowed, Children allowed by arrangement

    Meal Procedures

    Eat together

    Languages spoken

    English, Japanese, German, some French

    Diets we cater for

    Mixed meals, some meat, some vegetarian



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