About the Homestay
We are all COVID19 FREE as are most people residing in Queensland and our city Brisbane. We offer accomodation for stays of 1 month and longer but prefer 1 year. This includes laundry, and breakfast. Most of our guests are International homestay students or working holiday guests from China, Korea, Japan,Taiwan or Hong Kong.
We reside in a large house, (260m2 of living space), 2 story, 7 bedroom house, (2 residences under one roof) high on a hill with views. Situated 5 minutes walk from parks, shopping, transport, tavern, restaurants and supermarket.
Your room is located on the ground floor in our student flat with your own entrance and basic kitchen plus a bathroom. We've just installed air conditioners in all bedrooms and there is a small charge if you use your machine daily.
In 2014, my family and I moved to Australia from China. I taught small yellow skinned beings "Oral English" for 10 years there. From 2000-2004 (Before I went to China) in Brisbane city, I hosted many adult homestay students from all round the world and thoroughly enjoyed it. So now, I'm enjoying it this time together with my family.
Our house is situated about 10 + km, north-west of the city centre. Our home is surrounded by nature reserves where you can see and hear a variety of Australian wildlife such as Kangaroos, Koalas, Kookaburras, Lorikeets and many more. It's located just a 5 minute walk to a local shopping plaza, with regular public transport, schools and great eating places. I'm an ex chef, so home cooked meals are quick & delicious.
We live in a secure house with double glazed security windows to make our windows quiet as we live on a main road. Our house has insect/security screens and a monitored alarm. It's situated high on a hill and overlooks a shopping plaza. It has ample off street guest parking. Our suburb doesn't have a crime problem so many Brisbane residents prefer to live in this area. There are many younger families around us. Many are from all around the world such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, African, Indian, German, American, British and so on.
There are Chinese, Korean/Japanese, Indian and Thai restaurants plus British fast food such as Fish and chips, Subway and take away menus from the other restaurants mentioned all within walking distance. McDonalds and KFC are in the next suburb- 3km away. There's also several Large hospitals just 1.5-2.5 kms from here and there are many parks, playgrounds, kindergartens, medical centres, and great eating places-sit in and take away (fast food chains). We are lucky enough to have nice neighbours and the neighbourhood is safe.
Your room is air conditioned and has a double bed with clothes drawers, bedside table, study desk/chair, closet, floor or desk top fan, wall mirror and access to wifi.
Our backyard is a little plain and a work in progress, as I am still renovating my home little by little, so I've yet to finish landscaping it.
About us: I'm a not so young, overweight 1963 Caucasian male, Sociable and humorous.
Lee is a 1982 Asian lady, with Australian citizenship. She's tall and slim and speaks both Chinese and English.
Lee and has two young children, a very cute 4 year old girl (Angelina) who is a very lovely, creative, curious and happy child. And a 2 year old super cute baby boy named Leo and our oldest daughter is Jolie... 11 years old, looks 16 very tall, clever child. You will instantly become either their older sibling, Uncle, or Aunty.
We don't smoke and the only person that drinks alcohol is me.... but it's minimal. Smoking is allowed as is praying, but cigarettes must be choked on outside in the smoking area. Praying is usually done when Lee cooks or drives the car or raises her voice .... ai you wei, crazy laowai !
Our favourite places to visit are Aspley Hypermarket, Chermside Westfield shopping precinct and Southbank Parklands along the Brisbane river in the CBD. Southbank is a great place to buy Crocodile steaks or dance with Koalas & has great swimming areas and an artificial beach with a fantastic market street and cool restaurants. It's also possible to swim in the Brisbane river that runs along side of Southbank, as long as you're ok with the odd Bull-Shark, Giant Electric Eels, Saltwater Crocodiles (Saltys), marine diesel from the river taxis and Armed Queensland Water Police with flippers and spear guns.
We speak both English and Chinese in our house. Other languages are welcome, just no bad language.
- Smoke alarm
- Non Smoking
- Allow Smoking
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
The Castle on a hill, overlooking a shopping plaza and is located on the North side of Brisbane's CBD, around 9km from the CBD and takes 20 minutes to drive to CBD or 25-35 minutes by public bus, depending on traffic. This area is very safe and frequented by many Brisbane South residents for employment.
There're coffee shops, fast food chains, variety stores, large supermarket, BWS liquor store, the best butcher on the north side, bakery, hair and nail salons, kindergarten, Baptist Church, Fitness gym, Medical centre, Dentist, Physio and even a Vet.
There's also a private hospital nearby and other Christian Churches.
There are 6 other large shopping plazas close by, ranging from 5 minutes to 15 minutes drive and accessible by public bus.
Brisbane International Airport is just a 25 minute drive, a 5 minute walk to the 345 city bus, or a 2 minute walk to the 346 city bus and 6km to the nearest commuter train station. Hence bus travel being the preferred option.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Health club
- Bus Stop
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Full Board
No smoking inside. Please either wipe your shoes on the outside door mat or take them off inside the entry door and place them onto the shoe rack.
I can provide house shoes if you don't have your own.
If you need to have a late night cigarette, then please exit your door, and quietly close insect screen door. Each day when you leave to go to work or school please lock main doors after you as wildlife could enter the house, such as Geckos or annoying flying insects. No Crocodiles, Snakes or Dingos.... I promise. There's also a garden table and chairs under a covered gazebo close to your entry door with ashtray for bad weather.
No guests/friends are allowed to stay overnight in your room for security reasons.
No loud talking or speaker-phone conversations after 9pm as it wakes our children and bothers the neighbours. There are young families all around us. Speak quietly with each other please.
Night time Showers/Bathing needs to be over by 12 (Midnight) remember to turn off bathroom fan and light before you return to your room.
If you wish to handwash clothes, please don't use the bathroom basin and no drip drying of clothes in your closet. I do all the laundry in my washing machine here, however.... if you're afraid of me handling your underwear, then you may use my laundry tub, which is situated in the my bathroom or use the red bucket under your bathroom basin inside the cupboard and hang your wet clothes on the outside drying line. There are many covered and open air drying lines outside. I wash towels once a week, clothes 2 times each week, and bed sheets every 3 weeks.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
Nice and clean! Friendly people and dinner and breakfast included! Awesome! Much appreciated! Will definitely go back
I have a really great time in Brisbane with Paul and the family!
They are nice,friendly and helpful.
Their daughter Jolie is really cute and vivacious. She makes everyone smile and feel welcome.The house is lovely and the room is clean and comfortable. The meal is also delicious! There are bus stop,supermarket and post office near the house. And the bus to CBD comes every ten to fifteen minutes,very convenient.
Highly recommend to anyone who tend to stay in Brisbane!
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