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Therese & Doug


  • NSW, Darwin, QLD, VIC

We are a 'senior' couple (non-smokers) and have recently sold our rural property in Tasmania, and intend to travel throughout Australia (and some overseas travel) during 2017. We will be using this time to make a decision where our next home will be, and looking forward to the opportunities housesitting will give us. We are referring to this time as our "GAP YEAR!"

We are practical people and have mostly lived on small acreage properties in Tasmania. We've enjoyed the company of many pets over the years including 2 cats, 2 dogs, a pet sheep, 2 goats (so not 'pet'!) and chickens.

We have had work experience related to housesitting placements when we worked on a remote Pilbara island, and in Coral Bay, WA. Doug was responsible for pool maintenance and general groundsman work, and I did housekeeping duties - and kitchen hand! It was a great experience living on a remote island, and fairly challenging coping with a Pilbara summer. We have also worked in a remote Aboriginal Community in the N.T. Doug was the Essential Services Operator and I looked after the Creche in the morning before changing hats to be the Centrelink Agent/general office admin. person in the afternoon. It was another wonderful opportunity and gave us an insight into the lives of Australia's indigenous people.

To date we have had the pleasure of meeting a several home owners and their pets, and now have experience with managing big, bouncy dogs to the little feisty ones. We will be out of Australia from 13 May to 11 June, and as at April, have accepted bookings up til the end of October.

EDIT:
DUE TO CANCELLATION WE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM 21 AUGUST TO 21 SEPTEMBER.

We are an easily adaptable couple and adjust quickly to new living situations. We prefer acreage properties, but equally enjoy the 'buzz' of big city living, and the convenience of suburban locations, and small rural towns.

We fully appreciate that making the decision to have people you don't know come to your home and care for your pets, garden and home may be a difficult one. We would like to assure you we would take the time to listen to what is required for your 'loved ones' to remain happy in their home, and would promise to care and respect your property as if it was our own. We are honest and reliable people!

Most recently we had police checks done, which is a requirement for people working for the Australian Electoral Commission in OIC roles at State and Federal Elections, and this we have done on many occasions. We are in the process of obtaining our own police checks. Also police checks were done when working in the N.T. and when I did volunteer work for Vinnies (Airlie Beach) and The Red Cross (South Perth).

Our interests are travel, music (member of a Community Band in TAS) quilting, gardening, walking and baking. I love to discover new speciality shops, delis, etc. We enjoy going to concerts, and would look forward to hearing concerts by the MSO, SSO, QSO and ASO for example if possible.

Below are two references, contact details could be supplied once you have made contact with us, and as we receive new ones we will add them as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read our profile, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Therese and Doug Boote.

Eeva


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, South Eastern, Central, Bundaberg & Wide Bay, Mackay & Whitsundays, Northern QLD, Western QLD, Mid North, South, Spencer Gulf, West Coast, TAS, VIC

Hello. I am a retired, mature (sadly!), married woman looking to do some house sitting. I live with my husband in our own home on the Gold Coast and we currently have a dog and a cat. I am an experienced "pet" person, having had all manor of animals in my home, from mice, birds, fish to cats and dogs. Our own dog (a kelpie) is currently 7 years old and a very crazy young thing, needing lots and lots of exercise. He was supposed to be an outside dog, but somehow that rule hasn't been fully applied! Our cat is almost 4 and is very much busy with chasing the dog around. I am able to garden, clean the pool, look after the house and pets. I am a non smoker. Though I plan to "house sit" usually by myself, there would be times when my husband would join me for a short break. We are both thoroughly house trained! We are planning to formally retire in a few years and I feel that house sitting in different places would help me to get a feel for various districts by living like a local, rather than as a tourist. I am most happy to look after pets and would look after your home well. I have now done many house sits (and many return sits) and can forward names and contact details for these house owners as references. I have a written personal character reference that I can send on to you as well. Hopefully all will tell you how wonderful I am. Oh, and also that I am honest, reliable and trustworthy. You can email me on eevahelena@yahoo.com.au anytime. My preference is for short breaks, up to three weeks or so, and around the ACT or anywhere in NSW. Thanks. Eeva

Helen & Tony


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC

We are two retired, active, music and food loving schoolteachers with a penchant for travelling and enjoying new experiences. We have been involved in house and pet sitting for many years and in many places throughout Australia and overseas. While we have a home in Adelaide, we enjoy a nomadic lifestyle in our motorhome, which makes it unfair to have pets of our own. Housesitting allows us to indulge our love of animals and over the years we have cared for many dogs, cats, birds, horses, sheep, goats, cattle and the like, with dogs, whether big and boisterous or small and cuddly, being our special love. We are certainly respectful, house-proud sitters, with Tony being a dab hand at housework and gardening while Helen is something of an expert at quality control, and you can rest assured that your property and pets will be cared for as if they are our own. We will happily provide you with contact details for phone referees if required.

June


  • Darwin

Josephine & Ross


  • NSW, Darwin, QLD, TAS, VIC, WA

(Sorry but we are fully booked for the rest of 2017) Hi, my husband and I are recently retired teachers 61 and 62 who have lived and worked in the same area for 32 years. Of course as teachers we had regular police checks and we can also provide references. After retirement we went to Canada, Hawaii, Far North Queensland and Tasmania. Yes we have caught the travel bug! We are friendly, reliable and caring and now that our children have grown up and our beloved pets passed away we are rattling around our house with time on our hands. As a retired couple we are available for any length of time and we can plan to house sit everywhere in Australia for the next 12 months to 24 months after which time we hope our children will provide us with grandchildren to spoil. As my husband Ross is a very keen fisherman we try for locations close to good fishing areas.
We love animals and we always look after all our friends and neighbours pets, houses, gardens and mail when they are away. One of them suggested pet and house sitting as it involves travelling, animals and gardening!
We will take meticulous care of your house, mail, indoor plants, veggie gardens and lovingly look after dogs, cats, birds, fish, chooks, rabbits and guinea pigs. We are more than happy to be in touch with you prior to the pet and house sit and we can also give you updates during your trip so get in touch with us any time to discuss your needs and travel dates as we can accommodate our time to suit your needs.
We prefer the northern areas of Australia during the winter months and we are looking forward to a visit to New Zealand in 2018. Ross is a keen fisherman and gardener, I adore reading and writing and tend to be more of a home body and we both really enjoy seeing new sights and meeting new people. You can leave knowing we will take extremely good care of your pets, house and garden and while you’re away. Ross and I are looking forward to getting to know you and giving your pets our love and attention. Prior to handover we would prefer a written list of your requirements and instructions including your mobile number and email address so we can make contact and get to know each other prior to your trip. We know the importance of trust in this relationship and can assure you of our honesty and love of animals, in fact we have found the hardest part of pet sitting is saying goodbye to the pets because we grow so fond of them.
Jo and Ross Tanner

Louise


  • ACT, Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. Southern suburbs, Syd. Upper N Shore, East Lake Macquarie, Lower Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, West Lake Macquarie, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Central Tablelands, Central West Slopes, Far West, Alice Springs, Darwin, Brisbane

We are a mature couple (56 and 61) and are both retired. We'd be very happy to come and look after your home while you are away and would treat your home and pets as we do ours, with all care. My husband Graeme and I are both active with plenty of bush walking and sailing and have experience with dogs, cats, birds, fish, guinea pigs and even smaller critters. I'm comfortable with farm animals and can ride a horse. I enjoy the garden and would be very happy pottering around, watering, mowing, sweeping - whatever.
Ive just completed a Certificate in Animal Care through TAFE and Graeme is currently studying for his PhD spending a lot of time working on that. Its our idea to have a break from home, get to know an area and help you at the same time. Our son is 22 and still at home so he's happy to mind our own two dogs while we do some travelling. We would be very happy to care for your home and animals and hope that you contact us if you think we're suitable. Thanks
Louise
Ps I'm also a JP

Jan


  • Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Mid North Coast, Tweed Coast, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, VIC, Perth, Kimberly/North

Hi I am a single, mature female. This is a time of exploration for me, I work as a casual, agency, theatre nurse, a job that can take me all around Australia. My children are grown and I am free to enjoy different places and people. I have always had animals and love nothing more than the unconditional love they bring to life. I am vegetarian, I neither smoke nor drink and I have practiced and taught yoga and meditation for the past 30 years.
I look forward to the opportunity to house sit for you,
Jan

Caroline


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. Southern suburbs, Syd. Upper N Shore, Central Coast, Northern Rivers, Tweed Coast, Alice Springs, Darwin, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston, Melb. Inner suburbs, Perth

Who am I:

I’m Caroline, and I'm now back in Australia after 15 months living in Bali (and house sitting for about 6 months of that time). Prior to living in Bali, I spent 12 months solid housesitting in different parts of Sydney. If you're travelling and don't want to leave your house empty, or simply want someone to water your pot plants every day or two, I'm very happy to look after your place on my own. I've also spent much time with lovely pets as well. I have a strong preference for easy to care for pets (rather than a zoo!). They can be 1 or 2 cats, or dogs, chooks, ducks, guinea pigs, fish or something else I haven't thought of but you can teach me to care for. Please note, I am a non smoker and thus I prefer to stay in homes of non smokers. I am a minimalist and prefer homes that a spacious and clean.

Why I love house sitting:

I love to housesit because I'm a bit of a nomad. Setting up shop in just one location for a long time has never really done it for me. So I travel light and move where I feel called to spend time. It's an unconventional life, but I love it. And the way social media and technology is these days, I can easily stay connected with friends and family wherever I am in the world.


Where I am now: Sydney, NSW
Where I'll be next: Townsville, QLD

When and where I'm currently available:

18th July - 26th July 2017 (Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast or Byron Shire)
27th July - 3rd Sept 2017 (Sydney)
4th Sept - 13th Sept 2017 (Melbourne)
14th Sept - 6 Oct 2017 (Melbourne or Sydney)

(Overseas Oct/Nov co-leading a walking wellness retreat)

Likely to be available again in Sydney from mid-late Nov onwards.

Preferred areas in Sydney; Balmain/Birchgrove, North Sydney/Lavender Bay, Mosman/Balmoral, Bronte/Clovelly/Coogee
Possible areas; anywhere within 30 minutes of Sydney city by public transport.

Preferred areas in Melbourne; within 45 mins of CBD, accessible by public transport & walking distance from shops & cafés

For other parts of Australia, please keep reading.


Why trust me with your home:

I have a bunch of references from people who know me well and can say nice things about me, as well as from people who don’t know me that well, but have had me in their home. (I uploaded a couple of these to this site the last round of Australian house sits I did, but have more if you need them). I take my role as house, home, garden and pet sitter seriously. My policy is… if your place is worth living in, then it’s worth looking after. And I will look after it as if it were my own :)


What I do for work:

I work as a life and business coach helping people improve the quality of their life, relationships and/or business, and I do 95% of my work from home. That means I am at home way more than if you had a house sitter who worked a 9-5 job. It also means any house sit I take on must have fast internet, so I can use Skype (video calls) to conduct my work.


Driving a car vs. Public transport:

I do not have a car, but I do have a full driver's license and am a highly capable and responsible driver (I used to drive small buses full of people for a living many years ago, so I take this responsibility seriously). Often home owners will leave their car and keys with me to use if/when needed. This isn't essential to me looking after your home, unless you live in an area that has almost no public transport. If you live in an area with regular buses and/or trains into the city, and I can easily access a supermarket and other shops, a park and/or bushland, then I'm unlikely to use a car much anyway :) If you have a dog that needs walking and the dog off leash park is a car drive away, then you may wish to leave me the car for this reason.


Length of stay:

I'm happy to consider house sits for as little as a few days if it's an area I'd really love to visit (e.g. Byron Bay area, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne city, Adelaide city, because I have friends in each of these areas), and as long as one month. I'll consider house sits at short notice, and as far ahead as 2-3 months. If you do have a home you'd like me to look after that includes getting on a plane then I will consider anything far flung, or somewhat outrageous if you're happy to pay for/contribute to the travel costs for me to get to/from (within Australia). Never know unless you ask :)


Other things to know:

As someone who has lived in a LOT of different people's homes in my life, I am aware of things other house sitters may not be. If you're vegetarian or vegan, no worries, I won't consume meat in your home. If you're very, very private and don't want me to have any visitors whilst in your home, tell me, because otherwise I am likely to have one of my (lovely, super respectful, darling) friends over for a cuppa or a meal :) If you have particular sensitivities or allergies, or other specific requests, I'm pretty good at all of these things, just let me know.


Contacting me:

I like to have a conversation with people whose homes I might look after ideally a video call (Skype or similar) so we can talk AND see one another before deciding if I will come to stay in your home. Meeting home owners and pets in person, and seeing the home I may live in beforehand whilst nice in theory but is not always easy to arrange. However, if you can introduce me to your pets and show me your home on a video call that can work well.


Things I have found make a house sitting arrangement work well:

1. That we're both really clear on what is expected, what I am free to use and what I'm not (e.g. some people tell me to eat any food they've left in the house, use the home phone as I wish, watch any of their movies, and use their cable tv, etc. Others prefer me not to use any of these. Both situations are fine, as long as we're both clear beforehand)

2. That there are written notes of important phone numbers for both you, vets and anyone nearby you want me to know about

3. That you show me how to secure the house anytime I leave or at night when sleeping (is there a trick to the lock? is there a security door to the garage? etc)

4. That I know how to care for your pets in the way you would want them to be looked after

5. That you show me any particular quirks in the way your house works (e.g. 8 step process to turn on washing machine and it won't work if you don't do it that way)

6. That your home and pets ARE like what you tell me they are (nothing worse for a house sitter who has gone out of her way to care for a home, turning up at a house after being told one thing and discovering that the pets are unmanageable, or the teenage kids have been left at home for me to "keep an eye on", or the house hasn't been tidied or cleaned in years... Did I mention I've stayed in a few houses before? I've seen many things I never wish to see again, hence now I am REALLY clear on what I will and won't live with. My creativity within my business nose dives with clutter, so spacious clean homes are my strong preference.)

7. That I can meet you on the day I move in and spend at least 30-60 minutes with you, perhaps over a cup of tea, getting the keys, contact numbers and the low down on how everything in your home works. (Or in the case you fly out in the wee hours of the morning, I have stayed in guest bed rooms overnight and had that "cuppa conversation" over dinner instead. That works too).

8. That we have a clear plan, for how and when I will move out, ideally again this is over a cuppa, with a conversation about how it all went, how your furbabies (if applicable) are doing, seeing where your mail is, where all your house (and car) keys are, and anything else we might need to discuss so you can settle back in and I can leave knowing everything is as it should be :)


From here:

Want to talk to me about minding your home and caring for your pets? Contact me my mail through this site and I'll get back to you soon! Thanks!

Caroline.

Susie & Gary


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

We are on the road to retirement & looking forward to the next stage in our life, we are still doing some work via the internet & this means that we will be around for most of the time to care & watch over everything for you.

As well as travelling & having new experiences along the way, we have found that house sitting really suits us as it is so comforting to stay in a friendly home environment & if there are pets or animals to look after, then their company is an added bonus!

We love animals & wildlife & have had a long experience in caring for dogs, cats & farm animals. Unfortunately we no longer have our own pets, so we would welcome the opportunity to care for yours.

Over the years we have also had extensive experience in house & garden maintenance having renovated our own properties & also as sitters, we have cared for a number of different types of homes & properties ranging from large farms through to smaller homes & units.

We do understand that everyone's house & pets are different & we seriously take this on board & listen to each individuals requests & we will follow through with meeting your specific requirements while we stay & promise to keep you updated while you are away.

The opportunity to become your house sitter would be a great privilege & something we would not take for granted, as we both understand it is a necessity to respect your house & property & keep it well maintained while in residence.

We are both non smokers, healthy & happy people & look forward to hearing from you.

If required we can provide further reputable references & recommendation contacts.


Hope to hear from you !

Susie & Gary

Susanne


  • Sydney, Alice Springs, Darwin, Hobart, Rural/Regional Tas, Melbourne, SW Vic, Kimberly/North, Pilbara, S. Western

I am a professional writer recently returned from 2 years working in Central America. Originally from Melb I have a cottage in Hobart, so now how big a thing it is to entrust someone with your home. I also enjoy getting to know new animals and places.

Carol


  • NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, VIC

Hi, I'm Carol

I'm a clean living non smoker, active 52 year old professional woman, an animal lover and have experience with most domestic animals, including dog training; I also do volunteer work with Pets For Life. I have some experience with horses too. I love all animals and will care for your pets like my own, to your requirements.
I am self employed and travel with my own laptop, working part-time (home based) in the legal industry - so I can offer a full-time companion for your treasured pets, as well as being an active person who's happy to walk your dogs, water your garden and whatever else you need.
I can supply references if need be, and I am police checked for my job in the legal industry.

I generally tend to follow the sun, so I'd be most interested in house-sits that accord with the warmer weather.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Carol

Dianne


  • ACT, NSW, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
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I am a happy, friendly, 60 year old semi-retired house-sitter who is a fit, non-smoking, mature female; honest, reliable, house and garden proud. I grew up on a farm thus have familiarity, experience, patience and love for animals and pets, having grown up caring for many various pets of my own.

I have a passion for gardening and landscaping; I have the time to care for, walk and empathize with your pet/s missing their owner/s while keeping your home safe and as you left it. I have always owned my own homes and worked in responsible professional positions; married for 37 years to an electrician who works away six months of the year, with adult independent children living interstate pursuing professional careers.

I will respect your home, garden and beloved pets with the care I show my own. I can supply a Police Check, Working with Children Check (pets are our children!), House Owners and character references when required.

I am willing to listen carefully to your instructions, preferences & requirements. Thank-you, Dianne :)

Benjamin & Casey


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

Benjamin (32), Casey (32) and Willem (3) are a small family based in Melbourne. Benjamin is a postgraduate research student in international relations at the University of Melbourne and Casey is a full-time visual artist, specialising in ink paintings. We are a healthy-living and non-smoking family, that love to travel, enjoy nature and the great outdoors, and getting active (exercising, hiking and exploring.)

In 2017, Benjamin is writing a thesis on Australia-Japan relations, and Casey is further developing her business and profile as an artist. This flexibility to work from any location will enable them to spend some time travelling amongst exhibition/research commitments.

Benjamin and Casey have both grown up around dogs, with Benjamin's family home never having less than 2-3 dogs at a time, and Casey growing up with a mixture of cats, dogs and horses. They have both grown up on semi-rural properties, and Benjamin also spent childhood holidays on the family farm near Esperance, tending to sheep, lambs and farm dogs.

Together, they have had experience house-sitting in city apartments, suburban homes and rural farms, happily adapting to the tasks and responsibilities unique to each. Whether it is caring for pets or tending to gardens and swimming pools, they take pride in maintaining the houses and properties they are entrusted with, and caring for furry friends! Willem has relished in these opportunities too. References are available upon request.

Loretta


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

I have been an owner of dogs for 20 years. I am pet friendly, responsible and reliable. I am of good character and trustworthy both with your home and your pets - something that is very important to me, and I empathise with the decision to have someone in your home taking care of your precious pets. When I go away I have pet sitters come to my home so my dogs are in a safe familiar environment in my absence. I am fit and healthy (non smoker) and am able to walk dogs and maintain a clean house. I will respect your home and your privacy.
My partner is a stock agent. He is very capable with all requisites re the land and animals. He has cats and aviaries and Ollie the cockatoo. He is a real farm gem. He also works as a gardener on a property in the Western District. He is very capable and versatile and can and will turn his hand to anything.
I am interested in house sits by myself, or with Wes, depending on your requirements.
Hope we can assist each other .

Marie


  • NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, Adelaide, VIC, Perth

Hi,
I am a reliable, responsible pet and house-sitter with experience and will take great care of your pets and home while you're away!
I live in Melbourne where I am a full time masters student at University of Melbourne. I'm 28-year old and originally from Denmark. I like to house/pet sit as I think it's a great way of explore different cities/places around Australian and have the company of cute animals. I have excellent testimonials from very happy pet and home owners.
I have a valid driver's licence, but not a car.

Please get in touch with me.
References available upon request

Best regards,
Marie

Sue & Shaun


  • Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. Upper N Shore, Central Coast, East Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, West Lake Macquarie, North Coast, Alice Springs, Darwin, Central

We are a happy,fit couple who are currently travelling around Australia and are looking to house sit over the Christmas / new year period in Sydney as we are coming to visit our daughters for Christmas.
We have just finished working and house sitting on a cattle property in Croydon Far North Queensland which has been a truly incredible experience.We were feeding cattle, mending fences,driving bobcats and looking after the farm dogs.
Prior to travelling we were living in Wahroonga and I had been working at Sirocco in Willoughby.Shaun has been in the building industry and is very skilful in all aspects of handiwork.
We have had dogs and chooks and love all animals.
This year we have been working on Bedarra Island as caretakers/managers and are looking forward to visiting our 3 daughters in Sydney over the Xmas new year period

Michele & John


  • Central Coast, North Coast, South Coast, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD

Happily married, and still in love after many years of working together 24/7, we decided to retire early and take the time and opportunity to explore this great Southern land. With our four-legged child, a 6 year old Poodle/Maltese X, we like to spend periods of time in places that please us. We've met fabulous folk and seen wonderful sights on our journey. Now we'd love to learn more about the area in which you live!

In our former life we were kitchenware wholesalers and retailers, with a cooking school - where John taught many culinary classes. He is passionate about real food and good nutrition, and continues to cook up a storm on the road!

Michele is a qualified dog trainer. A Certified Training Partner of the, internationally recognised, Karen Pryor Academy she works with private clients and also volunteers at RSPCA centres. Caring for your pets is an absolutely joy for her - and she'll happily train any problem behaviours you may be experiencing ... or just teach your fur baby a few neat tricks in your absence! All just part and parcel of the house sitting service! With Michele in residence, your pets will enjoy the time out and holiday just as much as you will!

We're mature - AND we still know how to have fun! We're energetic, active and interested in everything. Walking every day is important to us, and keeps us all fit. Other than that, we're quite content to stay @ home and enjoy the ambience. Pottering in the garden is always a pleasure - never a chore. We have a travelling, potted herb garden ... essential for the chef! Actually, we're healthier and happier now than ever before.

We're non-smokers and we need a smoke-free environment. We keep a clean and tidy caravan, and will treat your house with due care and respect. We're responsible, reliable and trustworthy.

As former home owners, we understand that you want the peace of mind that comes with the right people caring for your critter-kids and castle. We are those people, and would love hear from you.

Links to Michele's professional training qualifications, and also to our travel blog are available on request. This site will not permit us to include them in our profile.

Character references also available on request.

Kaz


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC

My name is Kaz, and I am an experienced house/pet sitter. I am 65 years old, non smoker, and love animals - particularly dogs. My last 4 legged companion (Tigger - a retired Greyhound) passed away several years ago. His passing (at the ripe old age of 14) meant I could take on new ventures.

I love new places, and looking after furry kids - fishy, feathered kids if necessary!!

Having worked in extremely remote communities over a 10 year period, I am organised and adaptable, and would look after your home and pets as I would my own. Up until late 2014, I owned my own home. I sold, in preparation to moving to country NSW in November of 2016. I have been permanently housesitting since 2012.

In March of 2014, I closed my landline crystal and mineral business, and moved to selling online. Which means that I work from home. I have my own internet connection, and chose Telstra as my provider, as their coverage is (generally!!) greater.

I have a current "Working with Childrens" check - this check has photo ID, plus is far more thorough than a normal police check.

I am currently booked for the following dates:

17th Feb - 4th March: Wingham.
24th March - 13th April: Bathurst, NSW.
13th April - 18th April: West Haven, NSW.
18th April - 25th April: Lake Cathie, NSW.
26th April to 10th June: Toowoomba, Qld
14th June - 15th July 2017: Scotts Head, NSW.
17th November to 18 December: Port Macquarie, NSW.

Some recent feedback from clients:

"It is always reassuring to know the dogs can be at home rather than in kennels We were able to enjoy planning the trip and then eventually being away with your great service. The dogs were well cared for and obviously enjoyed your presence very much so we are happy too!! No problem if you use these comments". Joe and Anne, Perth, WA

"We were very happy with Kaz. Fergie is a rather strong and dominant rescue dog with a few problems such as separation anxiety and we came back to find her actually better than when we left! So much so, that I have asked Kaz to meet up for a walk with the dog so I can learn from how she handles her!

For the first time ever, our cat had not pined and lost weight. The house was neat and tidy and Kaz had go above and beyond in every respect." Carol and Punch, Perth, WA.

Referee's contact details available on request.

Marc & Jody


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, Melbourne, SE Vic, WA

We are a small family from Holland. Marc, Jody and our little 2 year old daughter Saar.

We want to see all of Australia, so we are looking for housesits anywhere.

We want to stay in Melbourne until april.
However between mid february and beginning of march we are looking for a housesit somewhere else. Who lives outside of Victoria and needs a housesit in that period? Let us know!

We love animals, have 2 dogs in Holland, but prefer not to sit dogs here as we want to be able to go for days aways once in a while.
Cats are no problem.

Suzanne & Jax & Saff


  • Darwin

We, Sue (44), Jaxon (4) & Saffron (2) would LOVE to nurture your space while you are traveling.

Your home, property, animals will be (over)loved, cared for & appreciated by 3 very keen and enthusiastic individuals.

Daily up keep of your property would be responsibly maintained with enthusiasm and clearly a priority to us (and you), in your trust.

Current & Valid police clearance
References will be provided on request.

Love & gratitude
Sue, Jaxon & Saffron

Stephen


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. Upper N Shore, Central Coast, Alice Springs, Darwin, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Mackay & Whitsundays, Rockhampton, Northern QLD, SA, Hobart, Melbourne, Lakes area, Geelong, Grampians, Otway Ranges/ Great Ocean Rd

Male aged 62 -

70% Work from home fit and healthy professional.

Have owned and rented homes over many years as a landlord and as a tenant and house swapped on an International basis when I first came to Australia in 1979.

Have been renting & or house/ Pet minding with excellent references for past 7yrs. Also other personal and professional reference available if required. In addition, for your further peace of mind I have a police check available,

Have cared for pets for many years and as a family man in the past have owned my own pets.

Not a handyman, but am a fastidious housekeeper..

Enjoying keeping healthy (walking, running,cycling etc - Have running shoes, will travel :)
Also enjoy cooking, reading, social media. Enjoy my own company, but of course meet up with a few friends from time to time. :)

Professionally - I'm a Mindset Mentor specialising in Helping people Turn a Mid-Life Crisis into Mid-Life Opportunties (See website www.SuccessfulLifeResults.com.au; fb-Steve Lyddy; fb-Successful Social Media Results; Twitter SteveLyddy; Linkedin Steve Lyddy

- Hope all this helps. :)

phyllis & roger


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC

Hello
My husband and I are a retired English couple whose son is now living in Melbourne Victoria. We want to explore Australia with a view of emmigrating to Australia and we see house sitting as a way in which we could do this. Looking after someones house and or pets would help us get a real feel of the area.
We have experience in looking after dogs and cats having had our own and looked after family members pets when they go on holidays.
We are in our late 50's early 60's and are fit. We love walking and are houseproud, so would look after your home. My husband is very practical, a handyman around the house able to solve most maintainance issues.
We could supply references if required however, communication between us, potential sitters and house owners will put both our minds at rest..
We will be available from November 2017 until July 2018.
We would be very interested in a housesit over the Xmas New Year that would be open to us inviting some of our family to stay over. We would be very responsible and respectful of your property and pets at this time.

Roger and Phyllis

I have attached below a character reference from my colleague at my place of work for 23 years.
To whom it may concern.

I have known Phyllis Austin in excess of 23 years both as a work colleague and as a friend.

She was employed by Tesco Stores Limited in various managerial roles including Customer Service Manager responsible for the well being and training of over 120 staff, before ending up as a Compliance Manager in Newton Abbot store,

This role involved ensuring that the store remained safe and legal at all times. This meant liaising with the rest of the management team from Store Manager down to make sure that they completed all of their legal training such as Health and Safety, Fire and Pest Control.

During my time working with Phyllis she was always diligent and thorough and had a way of ensuring that everything was completed to tight timescales through her manner, encouraging others to do their best, and coaching/training whenever necessary. Part of her duties included being in charge of the store as a duty manager, and this task she completed with ease.

I would have no hesitation in recommending her for any role that she applied for as I know that her integrity and honesty are second to none.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Paul Foster
Customer Experience Manager
Newton Abbot 2920

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Ian & Annie


  • Northern Rivers, Tweed Coast, Alice Springs, South Eastern

We're two young and fit retirees who are travelling around Australia on a permanent basis in our little caravan. We're planning to be mostly out bush because we enjoy bird watching, but will sometimes be coming into towns and cities and would love to look after a home for a while. We've rented our house out, so we know how important it is to have someone you can trust to look after your home! Gardening is something we enjoy, so caring for one would be fine.

For many years we owned two very spoiled cats and although we have never owned a dog we'd be happy to look after a small one. We've house sat a small dog, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and chooks. Birds, pet mice, gerbils, small reptiles etc. are all ok. We wouldn't be suitable for large dogs or horses.

We can supply references from housesits we've done previously through happy housesitters if required.

We're currently looking for a house sit northern NSW or SW QLD for Nov-Dec 2017 (not Christmas-New Year) We know this is a long way off but we're planning ahead!

Ellie


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA

I am a single, non-smoking, part-time student/public servant who enjoys a mindful, healthy lifestyle. I love all animals and enjoy pats and walks with any furry friend I might have the pleasure to meet. I only work 2-3 days a week and spend the rest of my time studying from home, so they would be kept company in that regard too. As well as an alternative to renting, I find it very helpful for getting assignments and writing done, something about the unfamiliar surroundings inspire me.

Police check and References available on request :)

Wendy & Brian


  • Darwin, Brisbane, South Eastern, Central Coast (Qld), Northern QLD, Northern

Wendy and Brian are a recently retired couple who are driving the full circle in 2017.
We attempted this in 2007 but after two years in WA housesitting in the Bunbury area (several repeat housesits),
in Mandurah, Denmark and in Perth we came home to Victoria for family commitments (wedding).
We then went north to Queensland and spent twelve months in housesits in Warwick, Toowoomba and Mackay.
In October 2016, we have just returned from a three week housesit in Bunbury WA (we flew over from Vic) where we
caught up with our favourite dog Zoe (we have looked after her numerous times) and two cats. It was great to get back into
housesitting in WA again.
In 2017 our intention is to arrive in WA around the start of May, Darwin NT late May to early June and northern Qld in late June .
We have now fully booked for this trip coming back to Victoria through the outback of Qld and NSW.
Our plans for 2018 are to head north from Victoria after Easter and would love enquiries from anyone in Queensland who would like
their loved pets and homes cared for during their absence.We will be in Queensland for May, June and July 2018.
As we will be staying in cabins in caravan parks for our trip we have no need for special parking space for a van.
We are an active, outdoor loving ,NS, houseproud couple who value and respect others' property and privacy.
We enjoy gardening and can ensure you that your pets will be given the love and attention that they are used to.
We can supply names of referees from our repeat housesits, can provide current police checks and we are prepared to pay a bond if required.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like further details, we will gladly return a call if your email contains a phone number.

Carolyn & Christopher


  • Canberra, Syd. Lower N Shore, Syd. Upper N Shore, East Lake Macquarie, Lower Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Alice Springs, Darwin, South Eastern, Central, Northern QLD, Adelaide, Mid North, South, Spencer Gulf, TAS, Bendigo, Shepparton & Central North, Lakes area, Ballarat, Grampians, Perth N.W suburbs, Perth S.W suburbs, Kimberly/North

Carolyn & Christopher, married 43 years, with 3 adult children who now all reside East Coast NSW.

Non-smokers. Enjoy good health and a healthy lifestyle of ocean swims, bike riding, walking, bush walks.

We enjoy gardening/pools & content to maintain same. Happy to care / mind cats, dogs and most animals.

Port Macquarie residents for the past 30 + years, with the exception of living and working in Northern Territory over the last 10 years where we both worked in our chosen careers of nursing and pharmacy with the ADF, Health Department (Hospitals) and Indigenous health.

In Alice Springs and Darwin we HOUSE SAT frequently.

Michael & Di


  • Central Coast, Darwin, Sunshine Coast, Mackay & Whitsundays, Melbourne, Northern Vic

We are a mature non-smoking couple with a responsible outlook. Our three delightful children are now independent so we have an empty nest and itchy feet. We have rented out our own home and have rented others homes so we understand the need to look after someone's home. We are very trustworthy, clean, tidy and reliable and would treat you and your home with utmost respect. Whilst not yet retired ourselves we have a very mobile business (Ice Cream Van) and would love the opportunity to explore different regions whilst selling Ice Creams. Our family are animal lovers so over the years we have had a lot of experience looking after animals. Different animals we have had include: dogs (little spoilt inside dogs and larger outside dogs), cats, chooks, ducks, rabbits, turkeys and a turtle. Sadly, at present we have no animals. We like to keep some fitness and go to the gym so walking dogs would be a pleasure. We would welcome the opportunity to meet you so you can get to know us. Please don't hesitate to phone or email. References and referees available upon request.
Warmest Regards,
Michael and Di Chapman
0403811840

Sue-Anne & Stephen


Dear home owners

This is Sue-Anne and Stephen and we are both in our fifties, honest, reliable, clean and tidy ,non smoking couple who love to look after animals, meet new people and travel.

We also do single house sits sometimes when my husband has to travel and visit family in the uk .

During 2015 and 2016 we have house sat in , France, Italy , U.K. and Australia and at present we are house sitting in Coogee.

We will care for your animals as if they were you own and and give then lots of love and attention and we will put your mind a rest when you are away by sending you messages photos and videos of your furr babies.

We have minded Dogs, Cats,Fish,goats and a horse , been in cities, islands and rural properties and enjoy all challenges and getting to know all animals and they will always come first.

We are member another site world wide site where we have 10 wonderful reference but want to join an Australian site.

We can even give you phone number of verbal references so you can find out what we are like.

If you would like to phone me please free to do so on 0414634750 for a chat.

Looking forward to meet you

Kindest regards Sue-Anne and Stephen

robert & Michelle


  • ACT, NSW, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, WA

Myself (Robert ) and my wife Michelle are in our earlymid 40s and currently on a 10 month holiday around Australia. As home owners we understand that your home is exactly that, home and will treat it as such.We are outgoing energetic non smokers who love domestic and non domestic animals having experience in caring and loving both. Having both worked for WA Police at different stages, we understand that security for your home is of the highest priority. We can provide police clearances and references from professional people. If you think we may be suitable to care for your home please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any questions you may have.

Barry & Kevin


  • Sydney, South Coast, Murray & Riverina, Snowy MTS, Southern Tablelands, Alice Springs, Darwin, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

We are two retired guys who own a house on the Gold Coast and have rented it out for a year or so to drive around Australia.
We would love to house and/or pet sit for other people on the way while they enjoy their time away.
We have rented houses around NSW and Qld and have always treated them as if they were our own as is testament by the excellent references we have been given by the Property managers, and this is the way we would look after any properties that we are lucky enough to sit.
We have had extensive experience with both domestic animals...cats, dogs, birds etc. after having owned all of these at some stage...one of which is shown in the pic I have uploaded...as well as farm animals whilst owning acreage in NSW and Qld.
We are both extremely clean & tidy people, non smokers and like to ride push bikes, play tennis and go to sporting events like AFL, Rugby League, tennis etc.