VOLUNTEER IN AUSTRALIA
Join other WWOOFers (volunteers) experiencing Australia with the locals.
What is WWOOFing?
Travelling Australia, volunteering for 4-6 hours per day while living and learning on an organic Host property.
WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchanges, helping to build a sustainable global community.
Opportunities to LEARN
- Organic, Bio-dynamic, Permaculture, Regenerative, Syntropic and Aquaponic methods.
- To grow your own food.
- The importance of sustainability & where your food comes from.
- About life in Australia, living with locals.
- A diverse range of practical skills
- Practice your English conversation.
- Learn how hard farmers work while volunteering alongside them.
Join a community of around 2000 members
Connect to Host Farms and other WWOOFers on the Website or Mobile App.
Membership features …
Create your own unique Profile, showcasing your enthusiasm, skills and personality to Host farms.
Found a potential Host Farm? Save them to your Favourites, access them online or offline.
Contact Hosts in real time with Instant Private messaging as well as Member Forums and Notice Board.
Upload your favourite pics to your Profile photo, cover image and gallery.
Save money by signing up with your partner, travelling companion or family on a Dual Membership
Download our free Mobile App and search for Hosts, or connect with other WWOOFers in Australia.
Use the intuitive member only Map search to find Hosts nearby or anywhere in Australia
Use the List Search to find Hosts in a particular State or anywhere in Australia, filter searches for interests, type of farm, accommodation, length of stay etc.
Non-members can also use this search to look for hosts and see their basic information, members can see contact details, detailed profiles and map locations.
See Reviews of Hosts on their Profiles and leave your own Reviews of Host Farms you’ve visited.
WWOOFers bring more enthusiasm & happiness
We have been host members of WWOOF for 1 year now and have had 4 amazing ladies stay with us and another arriving this week. It took some time for us to decide to join the… Read more “WWOOFers bring more enthusiasm & happiness”
A beautiful cultural understanding
Thank you for this wonderful experience for our two daughters – being surrounded by multicultural visitors, they have developed a beautiful cultural understanding. Besides, we were lucky to build really strong friendship with some of… Read more “A beautiful cultural understanding”
Thank You Jackie & David O’Reilly in SA
We had a wonderful first WWOOF experience with Jackie and David on their beautiful property. Great organic food, varied and interesting work, lovely company and fabulous location. Thank you both! You are fab. We had… Read more “Thank You Jackie & David O’Reilly in SA”
Wwoofing enhances our life
Have hosted since 2008 over 80 wwoofers – it’s a marvellous enhancement to our farm life. Enjoyed getting to know so many wwoofers from many countries. Especially enjoy the evening games of Scrabble where it… Read more “Wwoofing enhances our life”
Lovely peaceful retreat from city life, come to QLD
Lovely peaceful retreat from city life. Maria and Neil are wonderful and informative hosts. It was great to experience permaculture and a range of jobs and enjoy nourishing food produced on the property. Lovely spot… Read more “Lovely peaceful retreat from city life, come to QLD”
Come WWOOF at Beechworth Natural Farm
We were delighted to have Spencer Spencer Platten WWOOF with us at Beechworth Natural Farm. He has an easygoing nature and is willing to tackle any project big or small. He is able to work alone… Read more “Come WWOOF at Beechworth Natural Farm”
WWOOFing just 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra
John & Carol Lilleyman Host NA197 are a very lovely family and give you the feeling as you are a part of the family. You really need to love dogs and chickens if you want… Read more “WWOOFing just 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra”
WWOOFers, Lifestyle is relaxed & easy going
Hosts Di Percy Di and Martin are wonderful people; very genuine and grateful for the help that WWOOFing can provide. It’s a beautiful part of Victoria with close access to Phillip and French islands. Don’t hesitate… Read more “WWOOFers, Lifestyle is relaxed & easy going”
Learning what sustainability is with QLD Host
I would like to give HUGE 5 star to Heather’s farm Host QN014 Heather Worth and experiences I had there. Heather is wonderfull lady with lots of love. Staying with her and following her life style… Read more “Learning what sustainability is with QLD Host”
Hosts WP203 Very friendly, nice,fun
Gina and Andrew Andrew Graham & Gina Sanderson are really the bests Hosts.very friendly, nice,fun.It was an amazing experience and 2 weeks it wasn’t enough to enjoy chittering acres.. A very cute house on a wonderful… Read more “Hosts WP203 Very friendly, nice,fun”
Fantastic WWOOFer – Thank you
Marlen Grimm is a great WWOOFer. Excellent eye for detail and works well with others. We thoroughly enjoyed Marlen helping us and have no hesitation in recommending her to future Hosts. Lisa and Brad – Elmsleigh
Another awesome WWOOFer
Amalia Sophie Engler is a thoughtful WWOOFer who works well with others. We thoroughly enjoyed Amalia helping us and have no hesitation in recommending her to future Hosts. Lisa and Brad – Elmsleigh
Those hot summer days!
Tsubasa Yamasaki worked with us at Elmsleigh. He is a thoughtful, respectful and caring person who showed great initiative and worked hard in the hot Summer Sun. We were delighted with Tsubasa’s perseverance and patience… Read more “Those hot summer days!”
Satisfying work with a wonderful group of farm hands- Happy WWOOFer
I enjoyed my time on this farm so much that I’ll be coming back soon! Leonard & Renee Costantini are a wonderful family who welcome you as their own; cooking great dinners and showing you… Read more “Satisfying work with a wonderful group of farm hands- Happy WWOOFer”
Cooking, Mud brick, metal welding, etc… thank you for your teaching
Andrew Graham & Gina Sanderson are a very kind, friendly and funny person. Thank you for your take care, we like a family. The accommodation is large, clean and comfortable. I had been there for 2… Read more “Cooking, Mud brick, metal welding, etc… thank you for your teaching”
beautiful place, Margaret is fantastic!!!
Margaret Lockhart VW061 has a beautiful place, Margaret is fantastic!!! Flavie Chevalier
WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn!
Chloe Thompson was a fantastic WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn. Chloe was a delight to have in our home. We would recommend her as a WWOOF… Read more “WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn!”
Learn from your WWOOFers its a great experience, cross sharing knowledge
Thomas Köhrer has been a great guest. He works hard and our garden is now looking lovely and all cleaned up thanks to him. He has had a go at many different tasks. We’ve also… Read more “Learn from your WWOOFers its a great experience, cross sharing knowledge”
WWOOFing is all about chances to improve and learn farming skills
Worked not exactly on High Peak Farm all the time, but on a other farm which Tony Ruse owns. Stayed there for four weeks and learned a lot. I worked together with the farm workers… Read more “WWOOFing is all about chances to improve and learn farming skills”
Great Working WWOOFers
Jan Semorad & Marion are great WWOOFers, hard working, quick to learn, tidy and, best of all , good company! Written By Hosts Alexandra Mateer & Rick Kilpatrick
I felt like one of the family – thank you
Hosts Fleur & Anthony Dawkins are very welcoming. They provided me with everything that I needed. The food was great, so was the wine. I had a great 3 weeks with them. They took me in… Read more “I felt like one of the family – thank you”
Barking Salmon? Happy to share experiences of self-sufficiency
What an amazing time we had at Barking Salmon ! We spent one week with Mat and Jeanette Fegan and we have to say that, as a first WWOOF experience, we could’t dream of better hosts… Read more “Barking Salmon? Happy to share experiences of self-sufficiency”
A Willing Worker – Yes ! Come WWOOF with us
Yosuke Sano stayed with us at Elmsleigh. Yosuke is very polite and respectful young man who works very hard and speaks good English. We have enjoyed Yosuke working with us and has helped us with… Read more “A Willing Worker – Yes ! Come WWOOF with us”
One of the best WWOOF families I have every stayed with!
I can only recommend this farm.Host Farm WP213 Pia is really lovely and has a beautiful property. I just stayed there for 2 weeks but I had the feeling I got to know almost her whole… Read more “One of the best WWOOF families I have every stayed with!”
WWOOFing at Hawkesbury River Cottage
Couldn’t have hoped for a better stay. The work was interesting, the location is spectacular and the hosts are lovely people who made me feel very welcome. I was definitely sad to leave Hawkesbury River… Read more “WWOOFing at Hawkesbury River Cottage”
Hills and Hollows horsey girls
Paula and Hannah travelled from Germany to work on our Horse Farm and Riding School. They were the most delightful girls to work with. They were willing helpers with fencing and Caring for horses. They… Read more “Hills and Hollows horsey girls”
Fantastic Karinya farm and family
Appreciate Tracy Malone & Tony Barnes gave my daughter and me the first chance to be WWOOFers and we had a wonderful sweet memory with their friendly and lovely family. They are so considerate and… Read more “Fantastic Karinya farm and family”
Amazing WWOOFers from France
We have been WWOOF hosts for roughly 10 years and have found that most WWOOFers are wonderful. However I was blown away by Camille and Anthony. They are passionate vegans and passionate vegan cooks, and… Read more “Amazing WWOOFers from France”
Winners of the World Cup
We have just had a couple of delightful French Woofers Benny and Cecilia, staying with us for a week. Last night before leaving today they got to have a really exciting experience, watching France win… Read more “Winners of the World Cup”
The Best Garden I have ever seen!
I cannot recommend Neil and Maria’s property enough! I stayed at their farm for about 10 days.They are such a lovely, generous, welcoming, knowledgeable couple. They have such a beautiful garden which has lots of… Read more “The Best Garden I have ever seen!”
Advancing our educational center – Thank you
We had the pleasure of hosting Johannes for about 6 weeks and found him to be respectful when working with our tools and living at our home. He is very skilled as a builder which… Read more “Advancing our educational center – Thank you”
Satchi stayed with us for two weeks with her boyfriend Keito. Both Satchi and Keito were great members of our team. They worked hard, asked questions when they weren’t sure and showed initiative. Some nights… Read more “Japanese Dinners”
An independent and capable WWOOFer
Chika stayed with us for a wintery and wet week in august. She was a lovely guest, very polite, considerate and helpful. She was a bit hesitant with her english which was really much better… Read more “An independent and capable WWOOFer”
A host that embraces Families
Graham, Jan, Hannah, Neve and Jordan impressed us with their hospitality. We are a family with young children but the Godfrey’s adapted easily and were so enthusiastic and keen to engage the kids and us… Read more “A host that embraces Families”
Animals, Nature and Good Food
Life light is an amazing farm which I recommend to every WWOOFer who likes animals, nature and good food ( delicious food ). I’ve learned a lot of things in this farm and had very… Read more “Animals, Nature and Good Food”
The Best WWOOFing experience ever!
We stayed for two weeks and it was our best WWOOFing experience! We learned a lot about organic farming and how to pick and plant vegetables. The hosts were very nice, generous and funny. The… Read more “The Best WWOOFing experience ever!”
Ended up staying for 3 weeks!
Life light farm is such a perfect place for volunteers to stay especially if you love animals!!!!!!!!!THAN ＹＯＵ ＭＵＳＴ ＧＯ THERE!!! I stayed there for three weeks and I had such a great time there. I did a… Read more “Ended up staying for 3 weeks!”
I can’t say enough positive things about my WWOOFing experience.
I can’t say enough positive things about my WWOOF’ing experience with Gina and Andrew. As this was my first time, they have set the bar incredibly, maybe too high :), for WWOOF’ing in the future.… Read more “I can’t say enough positive things about my WWOOFing experience.”
I learn’t planting, chook care and pest management!
I learn’t over a variety of areas including planting, chook care and pest management! WWOOFing at Shady Camp with Shell, Kane and their boys was a great experience. They welcomed me & my dog, Maggie,… Read more “I learn’t planting, chook care and pest management!”
Thanks a lot for the great time with WWOOF!!
I had a great time in Australia. I stayed on two WWOOF farms in the Northern Territory and I met nice farmers, great people! WWOOF was a really good way for me as a backpacker… Read more “Thanks a lot for the great time with WWOOF!!”
Brazilians are the best!!!
To thank our fantastic Brazillian WWOOFA guests who worked so hard, were the most amazing company and we wish you the best of luck with your travels.
Thanks to Louiza and Gee!!
Canadian WWoofers at Claypot Curry House in Woolamai – Victoria
We sure do miss Jeremi and Miguel. What a fabulous pair. A credit and wonderful role models to all youth. They came did every job allocated to them to the very best of their ability… Read more “Canadian WWoofers at Claypot Curry House in Woolamai – Victoria”
Companionship at it’s best
We had a fantastic experience with Lucie Beaudoin from Quebec Canada. Lucie is a very hard worker, great listener with a wonderful personality.
Eager to learn & share new ideas on any subject of… Read more “Companionship at it’s best”
Miho arrived lacking confidence. Miho loved to work HARD! At end of day’s work Miho did not want to stop declaring I still have POWER! I would recommend Miho to any host – she’s marvellous!
Another great WWOOF guest
Recently Kaori Mukai spent a week with me at Turtle Rock here in Illinbah.
It was a very positive experience again working together, learning about each other’s cultures and getting much needed jobs done.
Read more “Another great WWOOF guest”
Thank you for the wonderful time in Kangaroo Island
We spent five weeks with Mel, Justin and their wonderful childrens. Emu Ridge in Kangaroo Island with the eucalyptus distillery ist an interesting place with many friendly people. They showed us the most beautiful placesof… Read more “Thank you for the wonderful time in Kangaroo Island”
19 Years Hosting…It has been worth the journey!
19 Years Hosting….it has been worth the joiurney! Just to let you know we wont be renewing our membership this year. Its been great over the last 19 years and we feel it’s probably time… Read more “19 Years Hosting…It has been worth the journey!”
Daruka Homestead is AMAZING! You will not be disappointed!!
If you are lucky enough to be invited to volunteer at Daruka Homestead – don’t hesitate – TAKE IT! I just finished an 8-week stint on this farm and it was hands down, one of… Read more “Daruka Homestead is AMAZING! You will not be disappointed!!”
lissann German lady well worthwhile
Lissan was wonderfull a hard worker, good conversation and she loved her surfing. She worked uncomplaining in terrible heat sometimes and I thank her for her effort! Dale, host nm192 coastal farm NSW love to… Read more “lissann German lady well worthwhile”
Wwoofing in Australia for 10 months.
I did a few experiences as a wwoofer in the south-west of Western Australia, in the south-east of Queensland and in Tasmania. I enjoyed meeting nice hosts, sharing their way of life and learning more… Read more “Wwoofing in Australia for 10 months.”
A great way to see Australia and meet the locals
I went to Australia for the first time for a sporting event but also wanted to see some of the country side and meet local residents. WWOOF Australia was a great way to spend some… Read more “A great way to see Australia and meet the locals”
Yet another great WWOOFer Sam Martin
We have had over 100 WWOOFers and just about everyone was a wonderful experience for us. We have learnt about different food, different cultures and different stories, and on top of that we get help… Read more “Yet another great WWOOFer Sam Martin”
Testimony from a lovely WWOOFER from Austria- Flora
Dear Kelly, William and Vincent, Thank you very much for accepting my staying request on WWOOF. It was such a pleasure for me to stay on your farm for two awesome weeks. Kelly, I really… Read more “Testimony from a lovely WWOOFER from Austria- Flora”
Thanks to the WWOOFers who contributed greatly to our Bamboo Park on the Sunshine Coast
We are grateful to the outstanding WWOOFers who helped us a great deal. We run Bamboo Park near Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and are in transition to biodynamic and organic production… Read more “Thanks to the WWOOFers who contributed greatly to our Bamboo Park on the Sunshine Coast”
Huge thank-you to Nikki and Gabe: Wwoofing hosts at Faraway
Nikki and Gabe were our first hosts on the WWOOFing circuit and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience. They welcomed us graciously and respectfully into their beautiful property and home, and opened… Read more “Huge thank-you to Nikki and Gabe: Wwoofing hosts at Faraway”
Thanks for the amazing friendships and experiences with WWOOFers of all ages and countries over the last 17 years!
Thanks to the WWOOF team and to all our past and present WWOOFers for allowing us to have amazing friendships and experiences with WWOOFers of all ages and countries. They have allowed my children to… Read more “Thanks for the amazing friendships and experiences with WWOOFers of all ages and countries over the last 17 years!”
Unforgettable experience !
We spent 7 months in Australia, and had the opportunity to wwoof in several places around the country. Our hosts were all nice and helpful people, we spent hours talking about Australian and French cultures,… Read more “Unforgettable experience !”
Thank you for an incredible week Tenille and Katie
I have had the most amazing week with my incredible WWOOF’ers Tenille and Katie who have worked like little steam trains to move 5 ton of top soil and 70 x40 kg bags of soil… Read more “Thank you for an incredible week Tenille and Katie”
Thank you Baker’s of beautiful Bellingen
The Baker’s welcomed us into their hearts, home and farm with the generosity and openness that flows from a deep connection to their land and all of its inhabitants. Within days we’d settled into the… Read more “Thank you Baker’s of beautiful Bellingen”
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The WWOOF caps are great, because they are light so they keep your head cool while also keeping sun off your face. I wear mine every day.
WWOOFer Billy Wright
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More about WWOOFing...
WWOOF Australia was established in 1981 and is 100% Australian owned and run. It is part of a worldwide WWOOF volunteer and cultural exchange movement.
Each country operates independently, with its own lists of WWOOFers and WWOOF hosts.
Membership is for one (Single) or two (Dual) Volunteers for 2 years. Families can also join on a Dual membership.
Host profiles provide members with names, contact details, a description and map location of each host property with reviews and photos, as well as the skills you can learn and the kind of living arrangements and types of meals provided.
WWOOFers also set up their own profiles, tell hosts all about your skills and the things you are interested in learning, enthusiastic volunteers get the most out of the WWOOF program!
To preview hosts before joining, use the List search, you will be able to search hosts within each State and see their basic profiles, to give you an idea of the types of experiences you can look forward to as a member.
Our hosts practice sustainable land care: organics, bio-dynamics or permaculture, regenerative agriculture and syntropic farming.
Choose the host that interests you, contact them and offer to help out. Volunteer for 4 to 6 hours each day (schedule of days and hours to be arranged with the Host prior to your arrival) and in return you will live with your host, often in their home. Your food will often have been grown on the property.
WWOOFing is a hands-on way of learning about organic farming and environmental rehabilitation, but that’s not all. Gain a greater understanding of how hard farmers work, get your hands dirty and have a great workout while helping out, see if you have the stamina to keep up!
Leave the tourist trail and see the real Australia, visit unique places off the beaten track, meet the locals, save on travel expenses, add skills to your resume, improve your English and offset your carbon travel footprint at the same time!
WWOOFing is one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel.
We strongly advise WWOOFers to ensure they have adequate Travel insurance and medical cover to suit their needs. The cost of ambulance transport and hospital admissions in Australia is VERY expensive. Get a Free Quote here.
Join in 3 Easy Steps!
Sign Up as a Volunteer
2 year membership: Single $70 or Dual $120
Create Your Profile
Totally talk about yourself, your skills, your likes & contact details.
Select your WWOOFer Volunteer membership
WWOOFer Volunteer Memberships
Pay by Credit Card or Direct Deposit
WWOOFers help on Host properties Australia-wide & learn about organics.
2 years Membership.
One person only
All WWOOFers are checked by Hosts.
2 years Membership.
Two people or a family.
All WWOOFers are checked by Hosts.
FAQs and Legal Stuff!
What is a WWOOFer?
Travel Safely as a WWOOFer
WWOOFers are advised to always adopt safe travel practices while WWOOFing in Australia. We recommend WWOOFers travelling alone select hosts with families if they are travelling to remote locations. It is important to always ensure friends and/or family know when and where WWOOFers will be and have the contact details of their hosts in case of emergency. Many WWOOF hosts have reviews from other WWOOFers which can assist in guiding choices of great hosts to visit.
No matter where or how you travel you may feel safer traveling with a companion. If you can get a friend to go WWOOFing with you, you can register together for a Dual membership - friends travelling together.
It is very important to read Host Profiles carefully before making contact. We recommend that you 'interview' your prospective host so that you get a feel for the individuals and the situation. Ask about the food and accommodation, the schedule and activities, and any expectations of one another, especially if you have any specific needs or goals. You are also encouraged to do any additional screening necessary to feel comfortable arranging a visit. This could include reading online reviews, contacting other members, asking for external references, scheduling a video or phone call, and any other methods. As with all WWOOF arrangements, be sure to have clear and open communication before finalizing a visit. We recommend speaking with prospective hosts over the phone as well as by message - what you hear in a voice can be quite different than written communications.
WWOOF Australia has around 800 organic farmers & growers. Approximately one third of our hosts have been hosts between 10 and 30+ years. Approximately 40% have been hosts between 2 and 10 years, roughly 25% are new hosts. New hosts are required to complete a detailed WWOOF Host Profile and are evaluated case by case by the WWOOF Office. All Host and WWOOFer Profiles are regularly screened to ensure our Guidelines are being adhered to.
Given the national nature of the WWOOF Program and the great distances across Australia we are not able to conduct in-depth background checks on our hosts - or volunteers. WWOOF operates a great deal on trust. We also need to be mindful that what may be unsuitable for some, may be perfectly acceptable to someone else. If things don't feel right WWOOFers are advised to trust their instincts and arrange to leave, they are under no obligation to stay if they feel unsafe, or the situation is not what they expected. In some cases, it is just a case of personality clash – and both parties agree to disagree and move on amicably. When travelling, you should always have a back-up plan in place, and enough emergency funds to help you out if necessary.
WWOOF operates largely on the honour system with members trusting one another to be respectful and to fulfil the mission of WWOOF. Because of this, we rely a great deal on host/volunteer feedback. Complaints are taken very seriously - with the most serious of accusations resulting in immediate suspension of membership during investigation and ultimately expulsion if found to be true. For more information, see 'How are complaints handled" below.
Gladly we can report that relative to the number of WWOOF exchanges each year - complaints are very rare and serious complaints are even rarer.
Zero Tolerance Policy
If we receive a complaint regarding any sort of verbal or physical abuse, assault, sexual or other harassment, discrimination, or any other form of threat to health and safety, we reserve the right to immediately suspend membership pending review and possibly permanently revoke membership.
COVID-19 Coronovirus and WWOOFing
COVID-19 Travel and Social Distancing restrictions, these change daily and from State to State. WWOOFers may be restricted to travelling within State boundaries to Hosts until restrictions are lifted, or may be able to cross borders with a permit, or once restrictions are lifted. It is vital that WWOOFers are aware of current restrictions of the area they are in as well as the area they plan to travel to.
WWOOF Australia has written to the Government to request definitive information for Hosts and WWOOFers in regards to the legality of WWOOFers traveling to, and staying with Hosts. This is the response we have from the Minister for Agriculture. There is also additional information on the Department of Agriculture website.
We recommend all WWOOF members comply with the current COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions. The Department of Home Affairs website has Information for visa holders about Staying in Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
If you do have any flu like symptoms, please have a COVID test, seek medical attention and self isolate immediately until you receive a negative test result, there are large fines in place for anyone who does not self-isolate if required to do so.
Hosts will be very appreciative and understanding if you contact them to cancel a planned visit to their property after being required to self isolate. Do not visit hosts if you suspect you may have come into contact with this virus, or have symptoms.
Each Host will have their own COVID-19 plan to minimise the risk of infection for their family and any WWOOFers who visit. Some Hosts may decide not to invite WWOOFers for a while to ensure the wellbeing of their family, or have decided to self-isolate their own property. We have asked them to block out their calendar as unavailable if this is the case. Please be respectful of their decision if they ask you to change plans at short notice for this reason. If you do visit a host and become unwell, we recommend hosts have a plan to ensure they are able to isolate anyone who becomes unwell. We also recommend bringing your own supply of hand sanitiser and masks.
- The Australian Government Department of Health has prepared a Series of Coronavirus Resources including the following:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Social Distancing
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information sheet for International Travellers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation guidance
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about returning to your community
Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas (and sometimes also after crossing State borders) will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, Anyone showing symptoms, or who has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive must also self isolate for 14 days. If you have a COVID test you must self isolate until you have a negative test result. Many States within Australia have closed their borders, National Parks and some Camping Grounds have been closed.
Tourism Australia also has comprehensive COVID-19 Information for Travellers and Australians which is being updated daily.
If you are concerned you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information and advice about COVID-19. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
National Coronavirus Helpline. Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tel: 1800 020 080
Travel restrictions affecting WWOOFers who are not yet in Australia
Australia’s international borders are currently closed to international travellers and visas are not being issued, with the exception of returning Australian citizens and, after October 2020, quarantine-free arrivals from New Zealand (see update below). There may be some phased international travel allowed in 2021 and 2022. Currently all other arriving travellers being taken directly to Government mandated hotels for 14 days quarantine at the traveller’s expense, approximately AUD $3000 per person. This situation is changing constantly depending on the situation with the pandemic, for up-to-date information, see smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/travel-zones
Update October 2020
Travel from New Zealand to Australia
Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia commenced in October 2020. Read more about the New Zealand travel zone on the Department of Home Affairs website.
For all details and conditions, see smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/travel-zones
Update April 2021
Travel from Australia to New Zealand
Following a decision by the Government of New Zealand, you can now travel from Australia to New Zealand without needing to quarantine on arrival. The new arrangement came into effect at 11:59pm on 18 April 2021.
How do I pay?
If you pay by credit card your Account and Profile are active immediately.
If you pay by Bank Deposit (EFT), your access is restricted until your payment clears.
If you live outside of Australia and wish to pay by Bank Deposit, please contact WWOOF Australia for alternative arrangements, as overseas banking fees are expensive.
Which Visa do I need to WWOOF?
Please note that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Australian borders are currently closed. For International travellers who are currently in Australia, the Department of Home Affairs website has Information for visa holders about Staying in Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic Please see the home affairs website
You must arrange your entry visa to Australia before you join WWOOF.
Memberships will not be refunded if you cannot obtain an entry visa. WWOOF Pty Ltd and WWOOF hosts cannot assist with travel costs or visa applications or letters of invitation, so please do not ask.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs has information about visas, these are some visas that allow WWOOFing:
- Working Holiday Visa (417)
- Working Holiday Visa (462)
- Visitor Visa - Tourist Stream (subclass 600) *see note below
- Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601), *see note below
- eVisitor (subclass 651),
- Student Visa,
For all of the above visas, please see the Department of Home Affairs website for conditions, or if you need to talk to someone, by phone, Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm on 131 881
*Visitor Visas (Tourist)
On Visitor visas any work must be genuinely voluntary and must be work that would not otherwise be undertaken by an Australian resident and MUST be done for a Not-For-Profit entity, such as a Hobby Farm. If you are entering Australia on a Tourist visa it is essential that you have Tourist style accommodation booked for your first few days, and have plans for tourist activities, WWOOFing must not be the main reason for your visit to Australia.
WWOOFers on Tourist visas who prearrange to stay on Commercial Farms can be refused entry to Australia as their visa conditions do not permit work. If you do prearrange any WWOOF Host visits, ensure they are Hobby Farms.
In most cases WWOOFers on Tourist visas want to be doing something useful, learning about organics and permaculture and getting to know some real Australians. This is much better suited to the pace and lifestyle on non-commercial WWOOF Host properties, where they are generally treated as part of the family. They still live with the hosts, but the hours are generally less formal and as the property is not generating an income the Hosts are far less likely to be paying someone to help around the property.
There are a large number of non-commercial and hobby farm WWOOF hosts in the program to choose from and the list search allows you to select hobby farms as you search for a host..
Home Affairs say this about Visitor Visas - Tourist stream:
This visa lets you:
- visit family or friends
- be here as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.
You can't work*.
*Volunteering is not considered work by Home Affairs, who define volunteering as follows:
Volunteer work is work that:
- is unpaid (you can be provided with meals, accommodation or out-of-pocket living expenses)
- would not otherwise be done by an Australian for pay
- is short term
- is incidental to your visit to Australia
- is done for a not-for-profit organisation
- benefits the community
The Visitor visa does not offer the wide scope of options that are available to those who are holders of Working Holiday or Work and Holiday visas which both permit paid work as well as volunteering.
WWOOFing (Volunteering) IS allowed on ALL Working Holiday Visas
The Department of Home Affairs say: “In recognition of the many legitimate and worthwhile agencies that employ volunteer workers to deliver valuable community services, Working Holiday visa holders will still be able to perform volunteer work should they wish to do so. The work will simply *not count towards eligibility for a second visa.”
*The exception to this is below, please see Bushfire Disaster Recovery Information.
For details, see:
Breaking News, February 2020
Bushfire Disaster Recovery volunteering now qualifies for 2nd and 3rd Working Holiday visas.
Following Blaze Aid and WWOOF Australia making representations to Government, on the 17th of February the Federal Government announced an initiative allowing volunteers in Bushfire Disaster areas to qualify for second and third Working Holiday visas.
WWOOF has developed a Volunteer Bushfire Relief Form in consultation with Border Force, for WWOOFers to use for their visa extension application, as confirmation of the volunteer work they have done. Border Force have approved regular WWOOFing hours of 4 to 6 hours a day, maximum of 38 hours in any 7 days for this purpose. Hosts need to fill this form in to confirm the type of help they have had and the dates the WWOOFer has stayed with them. Hosts must keep a copy of this form with their completed Guestbook page for each of these WWOOFers.
The main criteria for this volunteer work is that it has something to do with bushfire recovery, this can include all aspects of getting your farm back on track. There are links at the bottom of the WWOOF volunteer form to Border force website and more information
Border force have also added extra types of construction work that will qualify as specified work:
Specified work in disaster affected areas
Construction work can be vital in helping regional disaster zones, such as those affected by flood or bushfire, to rebuild and recover from disaster. Working Holiday visa holders who conduct construction work in eligible regional areas of Australia following disasters can count the work as specified work.
Examples of construction work that qualify as specified work include:
- demolition of buildings, trench digging, land clearing and earth moving
- residential and non-residential construction or renovation/repair, including of roads, footpaths, bridges, parking lots, fencing, railways, dams, irrigation systems, sewage and storm water drainage systems.
Bushfire recovery work means work undertaken, including work undertaken on a volunteer basis, to assist with bushfire recovery efforts in an area mentioned including:
(a) construction, farming, or any other work in association with recovery or restitution of land, property, farm animals or wildlife; and (b) providing support services or assistance to people living, working or volunteering in the affected areas.
Bushfire recovery work carried out after 31 July 2019 on WWOOF Host properties located in any of the postcodes listed on the Home Affairs webstite is eligible specified work for the purpose of a second or third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa.
Student visa holders may volunteer for not-for profit (hobby farms) as for Tourist visas, or they can volunteer on commercial farms for up to 40 hours per fortnight as part of their paid work allowance.
For details see:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Home Affairs change the rules from time to time about what activities are allowed on these visas, it is important to confirm with Home Affairs that the type of visa you apply for does allow volunteering in exchange for food and accommodation. WWOOF does NOT have any influence over Home Affairs, and they do not advise WWOOF if they alter the Rules, the most current information is always on their website homeaffairs.gov.au
For more information, see the WWOOF visa PDF
For details of the Travel Insurance Policy, see the Product Disclosure Statement
How do l join WWOOF?
- Join WWOOF online at wwoof.com.au for instant access to WWOOF hosts all over Australia.
- Join WWOOF by phone, call WWOOF 03-5155-0218 during Office hours 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, have your credit card handy, or ask for our bank details and we will activate your membership as soon as your payment clears our account.
Membership fees are $70 for one person or $120 for 2 people for 2 years
What does my WWOOF Membership Include?
- Support from the friendly staff at WWOOF Australia by phone during Office hours or by email.
- Full access to WWOOF hosts Australia wide.
- You will live with your host, either in their home or on their property, in exchange for your help on WWOOF host Properties Australia wide. All meals will be provided by your host.
- Full access to the WWOOF Website and App, including member only Map searches, Noticeboard and Forum.
- Advertise on the WWOOF Noticeboard for a host or travel companion
- Message Hosts or WWOOFers from the website or App
- Opportunities to learn practical skills.
- Meet real Australians, spend time being part of their lives.
- Cultural exchange experience.
NOTE: We strongly advise WWOOFers to ensure they have adequate Travel Insurance and medical cover to suit their needs.
How long do I have to Volunteer per day?
Hours can be flexible and differ from host to host as well as from season to season. Many hosts are happy to arrange WWOOFers hours to allow for days off and time for sight seeing.
*A maximum of 38 hours in any 7 days. It is important to discuss this with the host prior to your arrival. WWOOF Hosts sometimes work weekends so you might be required to volunteer on those days too.
Can I WWOOF with a Pet?
If you are travelling with a pet, please understand that Hosts who have animals of any kind on their property may not agree to Host you. It is perfectly acceptable for hosts to stipulate No Pets in their Host Profiles and refuse to take WWOOFers with Pets. This is for the safety of your pet and for the safety of the animals on the Host property.
If you travel with a pet, your pet is entirely your responsibility while on any host property. You must ensure it is kept under control at all times.
We have had an incident on a farm when a WWOOFer travelling with a pet dog allowed it off the leash and it was attacked by a working dog. This resulted in the pet being injured, unexpected vet bills, as well as the Host, the WWOOFer and the pet all being traumatised by the experience. The pet will recover, but this may have been avoided if the host had insisted the pet be kept on a leash and not had it in the same area as working animals. Pet dogs have also been known to chase chooks and cause grief for both the Host and WWOOFer.
If a Host does not have any animals on their property they may be happy to host WWOOFers travelling with a pet. We ask them to be be very clear about setting ground rules to ensure everyone is clear about what is and isn’t ok.
Please be aware that farms can be very dangerous places for pets, some of the potential dangers to unrestrained pets are snakes, crocodiles, kangaroos (who love to lure dogs into dams and drown them), wombats (who will lure a dog into their burrow and crush them) and other dangers that hosts may warn you of, such as paralysis ticks in some coastal areas. Your pet is precious, so please ensure you take care that they are kept safe while you are WWOOFing.
What type of voluntary tasks do WWOOFers do?
Generally WWOOFers help out with and learn about whatever the host is doing at the time of their visit. In regards to the 4-6 hours we highly recommend you discuss this with the host prior to your visit or before you start your first day volunteering as this can vary between hosts, particulary the days preferred.
Do I get paid?
Hosts and WWOOFers undertake to support each other, as friends and extended family do.
WWOOF is a network of large and small organic, bio-dynamic and permaculture hosts and volunteers who help them so please do not ask hosts for money.
Will WWOOF Sponsor my Trip?
WWOOFers are responsible for their own visa and travel costs as well as any personal needs.
How will a host know I am a WWOOFer?
Hosts will check your WWOOFer User Name which is your membership ID for head office. You can show Hosts your profile in your WWOOF App or on the WWOOF Website, this is your proof of current membership. Your membership expiry date is on your profile.
Host are required to record your details in their guestbook, including your visa type, travel insurance details, passport and photo ID, on arrival.
Hosts will arrange WWOOFer membership on arrival for non-members, checking Photo ID and collecting payment, or by assisting them to join online.
What age do I have to be to WWOOF?
If you wish to join WWOOF Australia and you are under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, we recommend joining on a Dual membership with your guardian.
WWOOFers require average physical and mental fitness, maturity and independence to participate in the program. WWOOF is generally unsuitable for persons suffering from physical, psychiatric or psychological conditions.
Please contact WWOOF and/or your Medical practitioner to discuss if in doubt.
How are complaints handled?
WWOOFers are a guest of their host. The 'House Rules' will differ at each host and must be respected. Members refusing to abide by the WWOOF Guidelines or the 'House Rules' of the host can be asked to leave.
WWOOFers with a complaint about a host, and hosts with a complaint about a WWOOFer should contact firstname.lastname@example.org in writing with their concerns so they can be followed up. All complaints are taken seriously and are dealt with sensitively and confidentially.
Complaints must be in writing and include:
- WWOOF members name, membership user name and contact details. (We treat this as confidential)
- Host’s or WWOOFers name and membership User Name.
- Dates of the visit.
- Details of the issue.
WWOOF will, at our discretion, suspend a membership until a complaint is resolved to our satisfaction.
We will contact the member (host or WWOOFer) during office hours to request details of recent WWOOF visits. We will ask these other members about their visits.
At WWOOF’s discretion the matter will be discussed to prevent future issues, or if very serious, we may immediately suspend or cancel the membership. If a matter is discussed and we have a further complaint of a similar nature the member will be given a final warning. A third complaint will result in cancellation of membership.
WWOOF does not condone the breaking of State and/or Federal laws. WWOOF reserves the right to cancel any member’s registration immediately if we believe their actions may bring the name of the WWOOF program into disrepute.
In the unlikely event of a very serious issue, we recommend the Police are contacted immediately (if appropriate). WWOOF liaise with Police in these cases. The WWOOF member concerned will be suspended during the investigation.
For our full Complaints Process please see the Complaints Tab on the Host Guidelines
Zero Tolerance Policy
If we receive a complaint regarding any sort of verbal or physical abuse, assault, sexual or other harassment, discrimination, or any other form of threat to health and safety, we reserve the right to immediately suspend membership pending review and possibly permanently revoke membership.
Can I go WWOOFing with young children?
Can I go WWOOFing as a Family with teenagers?
Where else in the world can I WWOOF?
For contact details of all WWOOF groups see WWOOF International.
Some countries have WWOOF hosts but don't have a national WWOOF group. These hosts are available through WWOOF Independents where you can join and find more information.
Countries with a national WWOOF group are listed on the WWOOF International website along with links to their websites and other contact information.
Be sure to join a legitimate WWOOF Group, there are fraudulent websites publishing WWOOF host details which have been pirated from outdated WWOOF lists from all over the world.
These lists can include deleted Hosts who have been removed from WWOOF programs for bad behaviour and other reasons.
Legitimate WWOOF hosts will want to check your WWOOF Membership against your passport or other photo ID, if you contact Hosts from one of these fraudulent websites you will not be issued with a WWOOF membership and hosts will not accept you.
WWOOF Pty Ltd. has embraced these principles as part of standard operating procedures. This means is that all personal information that enters WWOOF Pty Ltd. is dealt with in a uniform manner and the highest regard is taken for maintaining its security at all times.
If you are concerned our organisation may have handled your personal information inappropriately, please contact our Privacy Officer on 0455-023-173 or by email email@example.com.
For landlines 000 is the number for all emergency services in Australia.
An operator will connect you to police, ambulance or the fire brigade and will ask you to stay on the phone so they can assist and advise you.
- WWOOFer Guidelines
- How to be a great Volunteer
- WWOOF History
- Families & WWOOFers with own accommodation
- Remote Work or Study opportunities
WWOOFers are responsible for their own Travel Insurance, it is very expensive to get medical assistance in Australia.
A WWOOFer should be willing and happy to volunteer 4-6 hours daily and must treat hosts with consideration and respect.
Please note the 4-6 hours can be organised around any day of the week, but should be no more than 38 hours in any 7 day period so of course hours in a day can vary. It is important to discuss this with the host prior to your arrival. WWOOF Hosts sometimes work weekends so you might be required to volunteer on those days too.
It is important to bring clothing and footwear appropriate for farm life, i.e. sturdy shoes/boots, clothes such as jeans or canvas pants, hat & gloves. Hosts will provide any protective clothing required.
Memberships are not transferable. One person per Single membership, two people or one family only per Dual membership.
Guidelines for WWOOFers
A WWOOFer must:
- Ensure they have Travel Insurance - WWOOFers are responsible for their own travel, accident, and medical insurance.
- Be a willing volunteer, happy to volunteer 4-6 hours daily for food and accommodation.
- Be an ambassador for your country of origin.
- Treat hosts with consideration and respect.
- WWOOFers have access to WWOOF hosts. Host contact details are only to be used for arranging WWOOF visits. Any other use is in breach of Australian Privacy Laws.
- On arrival: Provide proof of Membership - username and photo ID. (Your WWOOFer profile in the WWOOF App or website is proof of membership) and record their details in Host Guestbook.
- If required by host, the WWOOFer agreement should also be signed.
- Hosts will arrange membership for non-members.
- Memberships are not transferable. One person per single membership, 2 persons per Dual membership.
- Minimum stay is 2 nights, longer as agreed with hosts. If host profile is inaccurate, please advise WWOOF. WWOOFers may leave if conditions are unacceptable but must tell host if they are leaving.
- WWOOFing involves volunteering for 4 to 6 hours daily in exchange for learning practical skills, food and accommodation. Maximum of 38 hours in 7 days. This is flexible & should be discussed with hosts prior to your visit.
- WWOOFing is a voluntary, non-monetary exchange. If a WWOOFer accepts any form of payment it is not considered WWOOFing and they must be paid the award wage, with Superannuation, Income Tax deductions and any required allowances as per the Government requirements with correct record keeping. WWOOF Australia is not responsible for any outside agreements made between the two parties.
- Work varies from host to host, it may include weeding, making compost, gardening, planting, harvesting, building, fencing, environmental work, feeding and caring for animals.
- Hosts must not involve WWOOFers in the use of chemicals.
- Hospitality work, waitressing and child-care are not acceptable WWOOFing work.
- WWOOFers require average physical and mental fitness, maturity, and independence. WWOOF is generally unsuitable for persons suffering from physical, psychiatric, or psychological conditions. Please contact WWOOF and your Medical practitioner to discuss if in doubt.
- Contacting hosts:
- Hosts welcome WWOOFers into their homes, they are not backpacker hostels.
- Phone hosts around noon or before 9pm, local (hosts) time.
- Most hosts do not respond to bulk emails or text messages.
- Always book ahead. Inform hosts immediately if plans change, or you are late. Exchange mobile phone numbers when arranging to meet. WWOOF t-shirts and caps help identify each other.
- Children and pets are only accepted on host properties by arrangement.
- WWOOFer etiquette: Each Host will have their own House Rules which must be followed.
- Treat hosts and their families with consideration and respect.
- Keep the living area tidy, clean up yourself and help with meals or washing up.
- Water is precious! Farms rely on rainwater tanks & drought is common in Australia.
- Do not raid refrigerator or pantry, use telephone or internet without asking permission.
- Food is provided by hosts. You may need to bring your own special dietary food.
- Offer to cook your favourite meal for your host.
- Alcohol and drugs should remain at home.
- What to bring?
- Accommodation may be in a spare room in a family home. Check host entry for details.
- Hats, sunglasses, boots, gloves and torch.
- A phone card & internet dongle. Telstra has the best mobile coverage in rural areas.
- WWOOFers not following these guidelines and/or host House Rules may be asked to leave.
- Abusive language, inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and WWOOF membership will be cancelled immediately. Our Hosts will be notified immediately that you have been Blocked or Suspended. If required WWOOF Australia will notify Police immediately and put in a report.
- Hosts offering opportunities for WWOOFers who are Working remotely or Studying online & WWOOFers taking up these placements must also follow these additional Guidelines
- WWOOF Pty Ltd may cancel a WWOOF membership if the WWOOF guidelines are not followed.
WWOOF reserves the right to amend/update these guidelines as required.
NOTE: WWOOF does not condone the breaking of Australian laws. WWOOF will cancel a WWOOF membership immediately if the member’s actions may bring the WWOOF program into disrepute.
Ask your host what they think you will need beforehand.
- Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, gloves and torch are always useful.
- A phone card and internet dongle. Telstra has the best mobile coverage in rural areas.
- Always prepare before you leave, check Google before you embark on this incredible journey so you are equipped for the conditions.
Come Open Minded
- Bring along your sense of humour, it is a prerequisite for WWOOFing.
- You will be experiencing new tasks along side your host and sometimes it can be different, but a lot of fun.
- Remember to ask before you arrive what voluntary tasks will be involved so you fully understand what is expected from you and what skills may be useful.
- Organic farming involves weeding and physical labour, mostly volunteering is outdoors.
- Communication is everything.
- Be honest with your host, particularly if something is bothering you.
- Advise the host immediately if plans change and you wish to leave early, giving time for their host to find alternative assistance.
- Talk things through and find solutions.
Be Tidy and Respectful
- Ask permission. Do not raid the refrigerator or pantry, use telephone or internet* without asking.
- Food is provided by hosts. You may need to bring your own special dietary food.
- Offer to cook your favorite meal for your host. Keep the living area tidy, clean up yourself and help with meals or washing up.
- Try to understand that hosts are all different, have different house rules, behaviours and expectations.
- Respect these rules and learn from each different cultural experience.
- Water, gas and electricity can be very expensive in rural areas. Short showers can be enough to get clean, water is often a precious resource on farms.
* Remember to always ask permission before using a hosts' Internet. Many hosts rely on satellite Internet with very small data plans, (downloading or streaming a movie can use a whole month's data allowance). We are sure you will understand the importance of conserving energy and other resources on the host property.
WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchanges, helping to build a sustainable global community.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) started in England in 1971 when the first WWOOFers spent a weekend helping on an organic farm in exchange for their keep. The organisation was initially called Working Weekends on Organic Farms, but was changed to Willing Workers on Organic Farms after people asked “why only weekends?” Gradually WWOOF groups around the world changed this to World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
Today there are over 55 WWOOF groups all over the world. All WWOOF groups are independent, but operate in a similar way, by putting people into contact with each other. Throughout the world the WWOOF philosophy is the same; WWOOF hosts provide food and lodging to travellers and students in exchange for between 4 and 6 hours volunteer assistance per day.
Lionel Pollard began WWOOF Australia in 1981 after being inspired by WWOOF in the UK, Lionel was also one of the founders of the Organic Certifying body NAASA, he retired from WWOOF Australia in 2000. 40 years on, WWOOF remains 100% Australian owned, managed and operated. The WWOOF Office was located in W Tree in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, East Gippsland in Victoria until 2020, when the Team decided to adopt a "work from anywhere" model and currently has a Team of four, two in the virtual office as well as a Webmaster and App developer.
WWOOF Hosts all over Australia were originally listed in the Australian WWOOF Book, which was updated and printed twice each year from 1981 until 2017. The WWOOF Australia App was launched in August 2015 and gradually replaced the WWOOF Book, with the final edition of the WWOOF Book being printed in July 2017 due to a lack of demand.
The WWOOF website & App provide up to date WWOOFer and Host Profiles including contact details, map location, a detailed profile and reviews of each WWOOFer or Host property, the work to be done, meal types and accommodation. WWOOFers simply browse through the hosts or search for a specific interest and/or location, choose a place they would like to go and contact the host to arrange a mutually suitable time to visit. The choice may be based on geography (close to a route they are travelling); philosophy (such as bio-dynamic farming practices); cultural (many of our hosts speak other languages as well as English) or it may just sound like an interesting place to visit. WWOOFers live and volunteer with the host families in the same way as relatives and friends do when they visit. Hosts can also search for WWOOFers nearby on a map search or advertise for help on the member only Notice Board.
In October 2017 the WWOOF Website platform was launched with Host and WWOOFer Profiles, messaging, forums, noticeboard, map and list searches and availability calendars for all members. In April 2018 an upgraded WWOOF App was launched to reflect the features of the WWOOF Website, allowing WWOOFers to also search for Hosts while they are off line. The Website and App had a major facelift in 2020 and are constantly being upgraded in order to provide Hosts and WWOOFers with the best possible platform to connect with each other.
In 2020 the WWOOF Team developed a work from anywhere model in response initially to bushfires that began 6 kms from the WWOOF Office in November 2019 and finally reached the WWOOF Office grounds in early January 2020. The Office itself was saved by wonderful local volunteers, and eventually power was restored. The COVID-19 Pandemic followed shortly afterwards and the WWOOF Team decided that the "work from anywhere" model should be a permanent fixture, freeing up the WWOOF Team to visit Hosts and WWOOFers, once COVID restrictions allow, and manage the WWOOF Program from wherever they may be.
For contact details of WWOOF groups and information about WWOOFing in countries without a WWOOF Group, see WWOOF International.
WWOOFing families & WWOOFers with their own accommodation.
As more Australian families and couples join WWOOF, many with their own campervan style accommodation, hosts and WWOOFers are seeking guidance on negotiating a fair exchange to ensure both hosts and their WWOOFers are treated fairly and feel valued and respected.
You can filter the list search for hosts offering BYO accommodation, but most hosts will be happy to host WWOOFers with their own accommodation, so don't be afraid to ask! Families can also filter list and map searches for Children allowed by arrangement, there are around 200 hosts across Australia who welcome children
WWOOF Dual memberships cover couples or friends traveling together as well as families with children under 18. We will discuss these separately.
Couples or friends WWOOFing together
In the case of couples or friends travelling together on a Dual membership and being accommodated by hosts, the normal WWOOFing arrangements apply, with each WWOOFer volunteering for 4 to 6 hours each day (with a maximum of 38 hrs in any 7 days) and, if possible, having 2 clear days off to spend exploring the local area, or relaxing. The number of hours varies from host to host and is relative to the quality of meals and accommodation provided. Hosts providing tent accommodation may only ask for a few hours help each day, for example.
WWOOFers bringing their own accommodation
If WWOOFers have their own accommodation and the host is only providing them with a campsite, meals, power, water, bathroom/laundry facilities, and perhaps Wi-Fi, we expect the host to negotiate fewer hours of volunteering as they will not be providing accommodation. This should always be discussed in advance with your WWOOFers to ensure you are on the same page and both parties are happy with the arrangement.
This will of course vary from host to host, if their WWOOFers would normally sleep in a tent and are therefore normally doing minimal hours, the hours may not change very much, but if their usual WWOOFer accommodation is 5-star luxury, then they may ask WWOOFers to help out for 4 hours instead of 6 hours each day for 5 days in exchange for 7 nights stay on the property.
The main thing is for the arrangement to be fair to both WWOOFers and hosts an to have clear communication in advance. Before you agree to stay and help a host, unless they have a number of reviews, you will be unsure of the conditions on your property, how hard you will be working or how well you will be fed and looked after. Always take into account the other benefits of the experience you will have there, the skills you may learn or the fun you may have with your host outside of your time volunteering. Communicating that you look forward to getting to know them, and that you appreciate their welcoming you reinforces the value in the whole WWOOFing exchange, as being so much more than just hours volunteered being exchanged for meals and board.
Make sure you leave a review for your Host afterwards and ask them to leave you a review too! This will help future WWOOFers and will also help you to secure your next host.
WWOOFing Families with children
In the case families travelling with a child or children on a Dual membership and being accommodated by hosts, the normal WWOOFing arrangements apply, with each adult WWOOFer volunteering for 4 to 6 hours each day (with a maximum of 38 hrs in any 7 days) and, if possible, having 2 clear days off to spend exploring the local area, or relaxing. The number of hours varies from host to host and is relative to the quality of meals and accommodation provided. Hosts providing tent accommodation may only ask for a few hours help each day, for example.
Generally, we advise WWOOFing families to negotiate with their hosts in advance, regarding any additional food they may need to contribute or some other way they may help the host out to cover meals for their children. Depending on the age of the children, they may like to be actively involved in WWOOFing alongside their parents, or with the hosts children. Younger children will need to be supervised by their parents so WWOOFing times may need to be flexible and take this into account. It is also vital that you ask about any safety precautions you need to be aware of as farms can be dangerous places for children if they are not well supervised.
Families WWOOFing with children & bringing their own accommodation
If WWOOFing families have their own accommodation and the host is only providing you with a camp site, meals, power, water, bathroom/laundry facilities, and perhaps Wi-Fi, we expect the host to negotiate fewer hours of volunteering as they will not be providing accommodation, although they will be providing additional meals for your child or children. This should always be discussed in advance with your hosts to ensure you are on the same page and both parties are happy with the arrangement.
It will also vary from host to host, just as for other WWOOFers, so if their WWOOFers would normally sleep in a tent and are therefore already doing minimal hours, the hours may not change a great deal, but if their usual WWOOFer accommodation is 5-star luxury, then the host may ask you to help for 4 hours instead of 6 hours each day, for 5 days in exchange for 7 nights stay on their property. Again, older children may be keen to volunteer and younger children will need to be actively supervised by their parents; each family will be different. Make sure you ask about any safety precautions for your children.
The main thing is for the arrangement to be fair to both WWOOFers and hosts and to ensure you have clear communication in advance. Before you agree to stay and help a host, unless they have a number of reviews, you will be unsure of the conditions on their property, how hard you will be working or how well you will be fed and looked after. Always take into account the other benefits of the experience your family will have there, the skills you may learn or the fun you and your child/children may have outside of your time volunteering. Communicating that you look forward to getting to know them, and that you appreciate their welcoming your family reinforces the value in the whole WWOOFing exchange, as being so much more than just hours volunteered being exchanged for meals and board.
Make sure you leave a review for your Host afterwards and ask them to leave you a review too! This will help future families and will also help you to secure your next host.
WWOOFers Shay & Dean produced a series about their time WWOOFing around Australia with their young daughter: here is the first episode to inspire you! Hitting the Road – The Gathering Folk – Shay and Dean – S01E01
Opportunities for Working or Studying Remotely while WWOOFing
Online or Distance Learning and Working Remotely is becoming the New Normal in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hosts who are happy to Host WWOOFers and facilitate Distance/online study or Remote work, during WWOOFers free time, will open doors to long term WWOOFer placements, so WWOOF Australia has developed some guidelines for Hosts and WWOOFers to help them implement this. We have added a searchable field in the Host Profiles so Hosts can select an option that suits them if they would like to invite WWOOfers to Study and/or Work from their property.
Students & Distance Learning
College life suddenly looks very different. Make the most of it, complete your online courses while you live and study from anywhere in Australia! Join WWOOF Australia, Learn to grow food & meet new people while you live on an organic farm, and get growing! All of your meals and accommodation are provided by Hosts in exchange for your help, so WWOOFing is a fantastic way to stretch your budget while you study.
Digital Nomads & Remote Workers
Do you work remotely? WWOOFing is an excellent way to take your work on the road and learn new skills on a farm while completing your computer work in your free time. Many hosts welcome digital nomads! With Wi-Fi, mobile phone coverage or Wi-Fi calling using the Internet and with good prior communication with Hosts, remote working on a WWOOF host farm can be an incredible experience! The perfect balance to working remotely on a computer is spending the rest of your day with your hands in the soil! Helping a farmer while working remotely can be a mutually beneficial relationship that can lead to learning new skills and developing lifelong connections.
For Hosts to offer opportunities for WWOOFers to study or Work Remotely they must consider ways that this can work on their property and ensure they have appropriate facilities and spaces to facilitate this. We believe the following guidelines will provide some assistance.
Guidelines for WWOOF Hosts offering Remote Work and Study Placements
- Provide a private and quiet space for WWOOFers to use to study or work in their free time.
- Provide access to reliable Internet (unrestricted or unlimited if possible).
- Have mobile phone access or opportunities for Wi-Fi calling access via Internet.
- Negotiate flexible WWOOFing times that will facilitate the study or work schedule of their WWOOFers in their free time.
- Keep the lines of communication open to discuss any issues that may arise with scheduled online meetings, classes or lectures and arrange WWOOFing around these scheduled times.
- Communicate prior to arranging a placement with a Host to ensure the Host understands the requirements of their course or work arrangements and agree on how this can be facilitated.
- Be prepared to negotiate their WWOOFing schedules to fit in with their Hosts needs and arrange their study/work times to fit their free time to the best of their ability, being sure to arrange with the host for any specific scheduled lecture/class/meeting times.
- Ensure they keep their work/study space clean and tidy.
- Ensure they make the agreed time available to spend volunteering as well as helping with meal preparation and or clean up.
- Keep the lines of communication open and discuss any issues that may arise with scheduled online meetings, classes or lectures and arrange their WWOOFing times around these scheduled times.
WWOOF Australia honours the ongoing cultural and spiritual connections, heritage, customs and beliefs of Aboriginal people, and pays respect to Elders past and present.