Up The Creek offers travellers and adventures the chance to stay longer by helping out with the various tasks required to run the business. This opportunity is available year-round, but is not available to persons without an off-Coast residential address.

How to become a volunteer?

Two Options:

  1. Make a normal booking or merely turn up, pay for a minimum of three night’s accommodation, and if you like what Roberts Creek has to offer, inquire about the possibility of our “work and stay” program. This will be totally at our discretion, subject to availability and suitability.
  2. Alternatively, contact us via email with details of your request i.e. length of stay, skills sets, contact information. Then, after a short video chat, your accommodation will be confirmed and is guaranteed for a minimum of 2 weeks duration.

We will require a credit card number with a two week $150 cancellation charge applying, as we will be relying upon your agreed work. Of course, no charges will be made if you arrive as planned.

What you can expect:

  • 4 hours (or 6 for two people) of work per day, 5 days a week (around 10-2pm – including most weekends) = 20 hours/week (30 hours/week for two people)
  • Work duties will include: cleaning, gardening, building maintenance, lawn care, painting, planting, pruning, chopping/stacking firewood, fruit harvest, bike cleaning, and various related projects. If you have a specific skill set, please tell us when you make your booking so that we can put your skills to best use.
  • In exchange, you’ll receive free accommodation in a 14’ travel trailer, located in the garden – equipped with a kitchen, bed, heater, wifi, but no bathroom.
    • We may accept additional volunteers, a volunteer may receive a dorm-bed in exchange for work.
    • From November to February, the volunteer will be asked to move inside to a dorm-bed.
  • The volunteer will have access to all lodge common areas and amenities during their stay.

Past Work & Stay volunteer hosts

Raking thousands of leaves
Mel Magel

“My time at Up the Creek was marked by raking thousands of leaves (I’m convinced Martin shook the tree each morning), learning how to chop wood, and exploring the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Within a week, Roberts Creek felt like home. I love the unique and welcoming environment that Martin has created at Up the Creek. I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer at such a special place!”

“My time at Up the Creek was marked by raking thousands of leaves (I’m convinced Martin shook the tree each morning), learning how to chop wood, and exploring the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Within a week, Roberts Creek felt like home – the area filled with lovely people and stunning scenery. I love the unique and welcoming environment that Martin has created at Up the Creek. I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer at such a special place!”

“My time at Up the Creek was marked by raking thousands of leaves (I’m convinced Martin shook the tree each morning), learning how to chop wood, and exploring the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Within a week, Roberts Creek felt like home – the area filled with lovely people and stunning scenery. I love the unique and welcoming environment that Martin has created at Up the Creek. It was awesome getting to know the staff and customers. Everyone has a story worth telling, and I am grateful to have met so many amazing people. I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer at such a special place! Hoping to come back soon.”

- Mel Magel (Oct 2020)

Flexibility to work, stay and play
Johnny Vickers

“I rocked up for a 3 night stay, and when my flight home to Australia was cancelled for the 3rd time, Martin offered me the chance to stay on for free and work. The garden plan helped out, and gave me flexibility to work, stay and play.”

- Johnny Vickers (Sep 2020)

Overcame fear of spiders
Work and Stay: Choirie and Noah

“I completely overcame my fear of spiders at Up The Creek, after Martin had us replacing that underfloor insulation.”

— Choirie and Noah (UK), June 10

Never short of projects
Work and Stay: Wil and Julia

“Had an awesome time at Up The Creek, on the Work and Stay program. Martin’s a legend for allowing me to stay as long as I have. Worked on a lot of different projects during my stay. That’s one thing Martin’s never short of. Projects.”

— Wil McCauley (Australia), Dec 2012

Loved every second

“From the paint on my face to the dirt under my fingernails, I loved every second of my work & stay experience.”

— Julia (Germany), Dec 2012

The perfect interlude
Work and Stay: Kate and Ben

“For us it was the perfect interlude in a sleepy little area on the Sunshine Coast. There are plenty of things to do if you are interested in outdoor pursuits…”

— Kate and Ben (Australia), Feb 10

Endless bags of garden waste
Work and Stay: Ritake

“Each week I’d fill up even more bags of garden waste, filling the UTC van to the brim.”

— Ritake (Belgium), Oct 10

Always more wood to move!
Work and Stay: Tom and Jane

Martin always seems to have wood to move from one place to another!!

— Jane (New Zealand) & Tom (UK)

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