Allyn River Permaculture

Permaculture demonstration farm in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Permaculture is a design system and philosophy that emulates the patterns in nature to holistically and sustainably integrate the physical and social needs of people and the ecosystem.


Wwoof at Allyn River Permaculture

‘My time at with Peter at Allyn River Permaculture was a  real immersion on a ‘walk the talk’ regenerative lifestyle. Heaps of practical work were accompanied by Peter’s tireless sharing of information during the day. Vegetable garden, food forest, water harvesting, irrigation systems … you name it and Peter has it working and is ready to show you how it all works. At night time Peter would share his designs and knowledge (not to mention his huge permaculture multimedia library), talk about his projects and answer questions about my own. All this over amazing fresh and nutritious meals and some good wine. Thank you Peter! You’re truly an inspiration and I’m looking forward to spend some more time working with you’.

Eurico Vianna (PE Teacher, Social Scientist and Permaculturist)

‘Here at Allynbrook I had a very comfortable room, ate good food and did a variety of jobs, such as maintaining the vegetable and fruit areas, restoring the river bank and clearing areas for farm forestry. There are always new projects here and Peter welcomes ideas from other people.

Peter teaches the permaculture design certificate and other gardening courses. He has much knowledge of various ways of farming and gardening and he as many good books and dvd’s and computer files you can look at. He was also very helpful in recommending some of the other wwoof hosts in this area. One of his students from the PDC has created a very interesting permaculture garden on one acre. It’s worth seeing.

There are fish and eels in the river if you like fishing, and there is a good swimming hole in river too.’

Yuntae from Korea

Willing Workers on Organic Farms

Our Membership as a WWOOF host has just been confirmed reg no NH133.

About our Farm

Allyn River Permaculture Farm is owned by Peter & Lainey Brecknock.

Peter has been teaching permaculture design courses in the Sydney area for over four years and has also assisted with courses at the Permaculture Research Institute.

Allyn River Permaculture Farm has been established to demonstrate permaculture systems and principles at work in a rural setting and to act as a catalyst for broad-scale incorporation of these ideas.

We are looking for interested and self-motivated people to help in developing the farm while learning and gaining experience in Permaculture.

Previous experience in Permaculture, especially a PDC is preferred.

We also give preference to long term stays.

Who runs the WWOOFing program?

WWOOF Australia does. You will need to be a current member to wwoof at our farm. Please see their website for more information and to join. Otherwise, you can join when you get here.

Working at Allyn River

What will you gain?

By volunteering your time here at our farm you will gain a better understanding of the practical application of permaculture principles. As an architect, permaculture educator and certified master tree grower, I am eager to share information, techniques and strategies and am looking for meaningful exchanges with keen individuals.

Allyn River Permaculture Farm is a unique 17 acre site with an amazing diversity of land form, orientation, soil types and vegetation. We have 400 meters of river frontage, pasture land, water harvesting swales and dams, an orchard, and a food forest. We believe in being good land stewards by emphasising top soil improvement and being actively involved in riverbank revegetation.

The types of projects that you can expect to be involved in include:

  • establishment of farm forestry
  • making compost & compost tea
  • pruning and general care of fruit trees
  • looking after animals
  • bush regeneration work along riparian zone
  • building projects
  • planting vegetable beds and maintaining them
  • general farm upkeep and tasks

The fantastic learning opportunities are abundant, delicious food is guaranteed and great conversations can be expected.

Accommodation & Facilities

Visitors are welcome to live as part of the family but can also choose to camp.

Our home has available a double bedroom and a twin room for visitors. Our house has internal bathroom, toilet and laundry facilities connected to a septic tank. When the house is full we all have to be aware of restricted water storage and the limitations of the waste system.

Water for kitchen and drinking is rainwater collected in tanks from our roofs. River water is used for toilet, laundry and gardens.

We request that visitors assist with food preparation, washing up and general upkeep / cleaning of the house.

The farm also has beautiful camping sites available.


We have a landline which is available for use, long distance calls at cost,  mobile phones generally do not work here. Telstra Next G  works intermittently on various parts of the property.

We have wireless Internet which is available for limited use.

Should extended access be required an appropriate charge would be applied

What should I bring? 

As this is a farm suitable clothing and particularly good covered footware is necessary (sandals or thongs are not permitted around the farm).

Visitors from overseas must be aware that Australian bush and rural areas are home to many nasties, such as snakes. We don’t see many but we never take risks. Bites are rarely fatal but would certainly be uncomfortable.

As we are on the Allyn River swimming is possible, subject to water conditions. In warmer weather make sure you have swimming gear.

Don’t forget your identification details, for overseas visitors your passport and visitor and /or work permit and current WWOOF membership

Are you interested in WWOOFing at Allyn River Permaculture Farm?

If you are interested in WWOOFing on our farm please email us at  and we will send you our application form, please allow a week from your completion and return of the form for our reply.

If you are accepted we also require confirmation of your arrival one week prior to your ETA.

Please do not show up unexpected and unannounced.