House Sitting


Hi there! We are the Trooprock Aussies. Our Troopy is called Rocky and we are Cameron and Jeni, two Aussie travellers. Welcome to our travel blog. On this page you will find information relating to us as house sitters. Feel free to explore the rest of our website and travel blog posts too.
We have been travelling Australia for 5 years since 2013, and house sitting since 2015. Originally we are from Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, NSW. We are a fun-loving couple seeking adventure through exploring new areas, playing with pets, getting inspired for places to write about, and sometimes for Cameron finding inspiration for his fantasy books. Tasmania was good for that; rugged mountains, dense forests, who knows  when a dragon will fly by! We are non-smokers with no children or pets. We've also been tour guides in various places across our beautiful country. Cameron has a variety of books written and published available as ebooks or paperback. Check him out: www.cameronwaynesmith.com Do you need a book to take with you on holidays? Let us know before you leave and we can help you out!
We decided to house and pet sit mainly because we missed being around dogs. Since starting house sitting we've looked after all types of pets including dogs, (some of them large, very energetic, sometimes both), puppies, chickens, ducks, sheep, a parrot, backyard swimming pools, gardens, lawns, and stayed at properties with septic tanks. We are willing to sit for most types of pets, just no cats as we are sadly both allergic. Time frames have been varied from our sits; our shortest being 4 days, our longest sit, 6 months.  We are up to our 9th sit, with more following shortly.

Here's how we can help you:
  • Provide security for your house while you are away.
  • Keep your pets fed, watered, walked, played with, patted, keep to their routines and away from the stress of kennels.
  • We are happy to water, weed and mow yards and plants.
  • We are happy to discuss other requirements.
  • Being in a younger age bracket of house sitters than many, we have the energy to take care of energetic pets that require long walks, runs and playtime.
House sitting is a mutual exchange between owners and sitters. There are some people who charge for there services, we do not. Here's how you can help us:
  • We are more interested in long term, (1+months),  but happy for shorter sits if we are in the area.
  • We will be in house sitting in Darwin from July to mid October, with 2 weeks spare at the end of June, 3 weeks  spare in August and looking for more sits in Darwin after October. On our Aussie House Sitters profile you will find a calender showing our exact availability, we are planning on staying in Darwin for a while after this.
  • Due to a house sit where we experienced extreme weather while staying in the Troopy, we will only accept sits that offer accommodation. While the Troopy is fun for us to camp in, it is not set up to stay in long term or in bad weather comfortably.
We set this page up for three main reasons:
1) Memories of the different pets we have sat for and the adventures we got up to.
2) That you, as a potential home and pet owner looking for a sitter, can see the variety of assignments we have completed.
3) That all of our references and details of previous sits can be in one place.
Not all of our assignments have had pets. The sits are listed as newest at the top. 
You can contact us through our Aussie House Sitting profile, (free for home owners to join), by emailing Jeni, jeni@trooprock.com or through our Trooprock Aussies Facebook Page.

2018:
Sit #9:
April – June, 7 weeks, Home Hill, QLD,  (currently on this sit).

Sit #8: March – April, 2 1/1/2 weeks, Mackay, QLD, 1 dog, 1 parrot, 1 swimming pool.
Lucky, (8y/o), is an alpha-male, rescue dog who loved going for a play at the beach, or a drive in the car. He enjoyed going for walks when we were able to take him, (in between the pending cyclone weather we experienced). Squatter is an Indian Parrot, named so because she decided this was her home, when one day she was on the patio. She kept coming back over a couple of days and Helen and Eric decided to keep her.
It was very wet and windy during our stay here due to an impending cyclone that thankfully didn't eventuate. We got a few swims in during the first week before the rain, and spent the rest of the time writing. We found some coconuts one time during a walk and enjoyed the tropics. We love exploring the Mackay area including Eungella National Park, and Finch Hatton. Eric and Helen asked us back for another sit later in the year, but we will be in Darwin during this time.
“We had the great pleasure of having Jeni and Cameron house sit for us whilst overseas for two weeks. We found them to be great communicators which made the lead up to our departure easy and stress free. On meeting we found a warm, relaxed and friendly couple who ultimately looked after Lucky the dog, and Squat the bird with love at the same time as cruising through an impending cyclone with ease. On our return we found our house had been looked after with the same care and love. Thankyou Cameron for the fantastic spaghetti bol. - What a treat! We would highly recommend Jeni and Cameron and would have no hesitation in inviting them back if they were travelling this way.” Eric and Helen, AHS.

Sit #6 & 7: February – March, 2 weeks, and a repeat sit for 4 days, Red Rock, NSW, 2 rescue terrier dogs.
Sam, (5y/o), and Jazz, (4y/o/), are lovely rescue terriers who adore attention, pats, and going for walks and runs along the nearby beach. Both are cunning and watched us like hawks for the chance of a pat, or food. They liked to lay in the office when Cameron was in there writing. When Kate and Ian got back from their holiday, they mentioned they were going away again the following week for a weekend trip to see some friends. They were going to put the dogs in a kennel. We offered to sit again as we were still in the area. They were very appreciative.
Red Rock is about 30 minutes north of Coffs Harbour, and is a small beach-side community. We love the area and visiting Cameron's Nan and Auntie. There are some lovely areas of coastline, but also many beautiful rainforests not too far away either.
“Jeni and Cameron are a caring and trustworthy young couple who took care of our home and two dogs while we were away for a 2-week holiday. On our return we found our dogs happy and well cared for, the lawns mown and the house tidy and cleaner than we'd left it, (in something of a rush). They have even kindly offered to return for a further 4-day stay just a week later, as we need to be away again and they are still in our area. This kindness will save us the hassle and expense of boarding kennels, and we know the house will be in good hands and the dogs delighted to have their spare parents back. Thanks so much, Cam and Jeni :)” Kate and Ian, AHS.

February, 1 week, Rutherford, NSW, 1 husky X dog, 1 boarder collie puppy.
We tend to visit the Hunter Valley annually as we both have family here. We were staying with Cameron's brother. During our stay, him and his wife brought home the newest member of their family. A 6 week old, boarder collie puppy, named Molly. Oh so cute and fluffy. They also own an older husky cross, Max, (11y/o). Being there in the first week in her new home, we helped settle her in, watched for behaviour indicating she was going to wizz, played with her, comforted Max to stop him getting jealous. We thought this was worth mentioning even though not officially house sitting.

2017:
We did not house sit much in 2017. Jeni worked full time on a 10 on, 4 off roster and lived at work during the 10 on. Cameron spent the year working full time as an author. We did have one sit though, over Christmas in Hobart, which fitted perfectly on Jeni's days off.
Sit #5: December, 4 days, Lindisfarne, TAS, 2 Schnauzer dogs.
Bob and Pearl, two Schnauzers. This was the first sit we have done where we didn't meet the dogs before the owners left so we were a little nervous to see how the dogs would react to us. They were lovely dogs. They did take a little bit of time to warm up to us, but once they realised we would feed them and walk them, they grew fond towards us as their temporary humans. When we arrived, Pearl hid in the back garden for a couple of hours, Bob was welcoming straight away.
This was the shortest sit we have done, but it was a perfect little getaway for us over Christmas, that also happened to perfectly line up with my days off. We had water views, and being the opposite side of the river to the main part of Hobart we had lovely views of Mount Wellington, but silly us forgot to take photos.
We went to Mona, and had some delicious oysters bought at Barilla Bay Oysters. They were so cheap and delicious particularly for Christmas Eve! On our last day we visited Mount Wellington.
“Jeni and Cameron sat for us with absolutely no negative issues - they communicated well, were neat and tidy, and looked after the pooches. Definitely a positive experience all round.” Helen and Paul, AHS.

2016:
Sit #4: September-October, 4 weeks, Esperance, WA, 1 boarder collie dog, sheep, chickens, ducks.
Smudge the boarder collie was an energetic, 1 y/o pup. He thoroughly enjoyed chasing tennis balls through the property. The best way to get the ball as far away as possible was to hit it with a tennis racket. He would play this game for hours if you were up to it. It was a good thing for Cameron with his writing when he needed a break from the computer as he would hit it for a bit before heading back inside. We loved having fresh chicken and duck eggs everyday!The sheep were no trouble to look after. We just had to feed them every few days. When Nicki and Steve returned home with their four children, Smudge and the kids were incredibly excited to see each other upon reuniting!
Esperance is a beautiful area. Cape Le Grand National Park is nearby. There are beaches in town also, our favourite was Twighlight Beach. Lucky Bay Brewing is our favourite micro- brewery so far in Australia.

Sit #3: March-September, 6 months, Glen Iris, WA, no pets.
This was our first long term house sit. Owners, Tim and Kathy, own a caravan and love the nomadic lifestyle. Glen Iris is a suburb of Bunbury, an 2 hours of Perth. We were happy to look after their house and yard while they were away. The garden had timers on the watering system, so really just a bit of weeding and occasional mowing. It was a cold winter, the coldest in 20 years! A bit of preparation for Tasmania in 2017. Not having been to WA before, we did a bit of exploring in the area. As there were no pets, Tim and Kathy were happy for us to not be there every night. Whilst we didn't wish to be away for more than one night at a time, we did an occasional trip to Perth. We did a couple of day trips to the Margaret River region too. Our favourite Shiraz was found locally at a nearby vineyard, Capel Vale, Whispering Hill Shiraz. Cameron also put his love of flying to good use, by helping out at Tiger Moth Adventure Flights, prop starting the planes from the outside while the pilot is in the cockpit and passenger behind. These planes were originally used in WWII. The Busselton Jetty was a treat to snorkel, we even saw mermaids! Gnomesville was a city for gnomes! The beaches in Bunbury were nice to swim before winter hit.
“These house sitters are nothing short of amazing! Jeni and Cameron are great communicators; warm; friendly; kind and generous. They looked after our home as if it was their own, keeping us informed at all times as to what was happening. We can't recommend them enough and will certainly contact them again when we go away. Thanks so much- you made our trip so relaxing because we didn't have to worry at all about home.” Tim and Kathy, AHS.

2015:
Sit #2: December – January, 2 weeks, Nelson Bay, NSW, 2 energetic dogs, 1 swimming pool, veggie patch.
Sadly, we cannot remember the names of both dogs as I am writing this in 2018, and this was our second sit back in 2015. One of the dog's names was Gidget. One was a boarder collie. Both were energetic, but very lovely and friendly girls who took to us straight away. We looked after the dogs, kept the pool clean, watered the veggies. This was a lovely sit for us in Nelson Bay. It was not too far from Newcastle and went over Christmas, which meant we were able to see our families, which is a rarity for us sadly. We both thoroughly enjoyed this sit; the location, the friendly dogs, beautiful home. This sit was not advertised. We were contacted directly by Lesley and Phil as we were in the Hunter at the time.
“Jeni and Cam were absolutely brilliant house sitters. They came out of their way to meet us before the house sit. We felt extremely confident in their thoughtful manner that they would do a great job. The dogs took to them immediately. It was a delight to come home to a spotless house, happy and healthy dogs and a well maintained pool and veggie garden. Jeni and Cam are an honest and respectful couple and a delight to get to know. They are organised, communicate well and nothing is a problem for them to assist with and fit into your schedule. We highly recommend Jeni and Cam for your housesit giving you peace of mind to enjoy your holiday knowing your home and animals are well cared for.” Lesley and Phil, AHS.

Sit #1: November, 1 week, Corindi, NSW, 1 German Shepherd dog.
Kohana was a big German Shepherd boy, who enjoyed walks. This was our first house sitting experience. We had the option to stay in the Troopy, or a guest permanent caravan that was on site and had access to a fridge, shower, washing machine, and a camping toilet. We didn't get up to much as we were experiencing a heat wave over 40C, and just tried to keep cool. House sitting during a heat wave is hard enough let alone in a caravan or the Troopy. It is for this reason we do not wish to accept house sits that require us to stay in our own vehicle as it is too hard to escape extreme weather, should it occur during our stay. When we're camping in the troopy, and the weather grows intense, we generally move to a more comfortable location or stay in a hotel until the weather blows over. This is not possible during a house sit.
“Cameron and Jeni minded my place and my dog for eight days during my absence. They did everything that was asked of them and most importantly, cared for my dog who was happy, healthy and content on my return. Cameron and Jeni are very personable, respectful and polite. I would highly recommend them for a reliable housesit.” Sally, AHS.

Don't forget you can contact us through our Aussie House Sitters Profile, jeni@trooprock.com or our Trooprock Aussies Facebook Page. We look forward to meeting you and your pets. - Jeni and Cameron.