Stay at Permaculture Sydney Institute

Bandusia is a renowned country retreat, nestled in the rugged sandstone landscape of the MacDonald Valley near St Albans. We’re a popular destination for Sydneysiders wanting a relaxing weekend escape. There are a number of ways you can stay…

Work Exchange

The farm is yours for the weekend you choose in exchange for 3 hours work per person per day.
We also welcome Woofers, HelpX and Workaways! Call (02) 4568 2036 to find out more.

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Stay as a Student

Whether you are here for a week for our PDC, staying for a weekend for our Introduction to Permaculture Course or simply staying overnight for one of our workshops we have a range of accomodation options to suit all budgets.

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Stay as a guest

Bandusia is popular destination for couples and young families wanting a relaxing weekend escape. We are a lovely place for reunions with family or friends. Enjoy a relaxing escape in an ecologically sensitive environment.

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Learn more about Bandusia Country Retreat

Bandusia is the perfect base from which to visit the historic village of St Albans, to explore the heritage listed Yengo National Park, rediscover the convict-built Old Great North Road or to simply drive through one of the last surviving “commons” remaining in Australia. (can be changed)

 

News from the farm

Aquaponics Masterclas and Fruit Tree Workshop News

Aquaponics Masterclass Workshop Our April Aquaponics workshop was another great success with participants from around Australia and the globe attending. The attendees constructed a new system here from scratch and learned about systems of all scales. All were serious...

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Pecan Nut Harvest & Public Pick Day

March is the month we prepare for our Pecan nut harvest. 

The nuts are developed on the trees ready to fall despite the lack of rain and we need to keep the grass mowed short so we can see the nuts to pick up.  Timing is critical to capture the nuts before the birds and foxes or before a flood washes them away down the river like last year. With 70 trees there are a huge amount of nuts to collect so we will be holding our regular Easter nut hunt – Pecan Pick Day Sunday 22nd April.

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3D Gardening

How well are you using your vertical space?

Remember the Permaculture principles of small space intensive gardening and plant stacking? Vertical gardening is easy with gazebos and arbours that can be made from all sorts of things. In our kitchen garden here at Bandusia, we are currently growing pumpkins over a stairway arbour and a gazebo.

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