- References are verbatim, - "Warts
also have references from Couchsurfing (24), Warmshowers(27),
Plus we have references from other less familiar
have been omitted regardless of their rating.
We have not
yet had a reference less than 4 star.
We have two
Helpx and Workaway profiles, in both Thailand and Australia.
those counting, you may need to read both
Pictures on each side of this page, cooked by Lee - delicious
the plates are assembled by each guest
from dishes on the table.
and three main two deserts, assorted fruits, ice cream, etc..
they were written,
left by Helper
Kingdom Feb 28, 2022
& Lee were kind enough to take me in at quite short notice -
despite circumstances not being ideal for them - were enormously
hospitable. It was a real pleasure to share in visiting a temple
with them, sampling some of Lee's incredible vegan food, and
helping Mal out with his volunteer work. I learnt a lot from both
of them in quite a short time:)
left by Helper (Erisa) JAPAN - 15th July
really good experience to live with Mal and Lee. I stayed in this
house for six weeks. Mal has a lot of knowledge and he will help
you many kinds of problem. He has interested about everything,
maybe you can discover a lot of things that you didn't know when
you talk with him. Lee is super good at cooking, I really like
her meals and also she taught me how to cook. Even it's no oils,
no meats and no sugar, it was surprisingly delicious. There are
plenty of foods, so you won't be hungry. Both of them are
entirely nice people. They treat us like family. Thank you for
everything, I enjoyed stayed in here and leaned a lot of things,
I hope Mal and Lee stay healthy. I will see you guys before I
left by Helper (Michael) - 08/July/2021
really know where to start. Mal & Lee are some of the most
caring and interesting people I have ever met and I had very
enjoyable time staying with them and learning from them. Covid
definitely disrupted our stay with them, despite that I stilled
learned a lot and got to see some of Perth. The work was easy and
enjoyable. Mal and Lee will not work you to the ground and are
very understanding if you have plans that mean you can not work
for a day.
in the ga]rden in the sun was relaxing and rewarding seeing the
results. Hopefully some of the other plants can thrive now that
the rocket has been thinned. Cleaning and organising the sheds
was easy work and with the music going timed just flied doing
this job. Mal had quite the laugh when we pulled out a floppy
disc and asked what is was. Apparently they were quite the
technology back before my time.
accommodation is neat and tidy and it’s not long before it
starts feeling like you are in your second home, especially with
the meals Lee cooks up. She knows a lot about cooking and it was
a joy helping her in the kitchen and learning about how to cook
whole food plant based meals. Many people seem to thinks these
meals can’t taste good but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten
better than the week I stayed with Mal and Lee. I have already
started making nut dips and vegan gluten free bread. Definitely
not as good as Lee’s yet but I’ll get there eventually.
Through talking with Mal and Lee and learning about the health
benefits and how easy it can be I have become gluten free and
vegan. Hopefully I’ll feel a change in my health in the coming
like a walking talking search engine. He knows an insane amount
of facts and information about a vast array of subjects and is
more then willing to share his knowledge if you are willing to
listen. We quite often sat around after dinner talking for at
least an hour talking about global issues, religion, diet, fungi
and his life story (which is pretty incredible). These
conversations intrigued me and made me realise how narrow minded
I am and that I should broaden my thoughts from what’s just
there in front of me to encompass the bigger picture.
it up staying with Lee and Mal is an unforgettable experience and
you are bound to learn something new. When I go back to Western
Australia I will be sure to drop in and say good aye.
left by Helper (Talia) - 08/July/2021
I had an
amazing time at Mal and Lee’s place! With all the curve balls
thrown at us with covid and government regulations, I couldn’t
have ended up in a more caring household! I learnt so much about
the variety of foods and meals you can cook as a vegan and have
decided to give it a go. Lee is an incredible cook with not a
single cookbook insight she whips up some of the most delicious
(and as a bonus insanely healthy) meals I’ve had! From cashew
dips and gluten-free, vegan bread to rice noodle stir fry and
chickpea tofu! Thank you so much for sharing and I will
definitely attempt some of the meals. Mal, with his wealth of
knowledge, shared a plethora of incredible information on the
world, diet and health, fungi and life stories from which I
learnt so much. The many conversations and documentaries
influence my view on how people operate and think and make
decisions. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. I
had fun rediscovering the veggie garden and hope the snails
decide next door is a nicer home! Sorting the sheds and making
everything look pretty was also quite fun with the music going
and the sun shining- time flies when you’re having fun. I hope
you don’t get hit with another lockdown! Thanks so much for
left by Helper (Lian) 🏳️🌈 Philippines/USA - Jan
and Mal probably get along with EVERYBODY. I can’t believe
there is so few reviews because from what I understand, they have
hosted over 1000 people and with good reason. Their situation
makes one wish to stay “forever;” I actually was prepared to.
I have learned so much from them and thanks to them have a new
lease on life. This coming from a transgender lesbian
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜perhaps I can’t thank Lee and Mal
Reply - from Mal & Lee. Hi Lian, our friends (In Belgium)
have had more than 1000 guests, we have had about 300+++ guests,
We are members of many platforms, for 14 years, HelpX is just one
of the platforms, we only joined here in 2017. Great having you
stay with us, Love - Mal & Lee
Left by Osh & Stefano Dec 28, 2020
& Lee are warm and welcoming people, with interesting stories
to share. They welcome us very kindly with a short notice and
made us feel at home. We had few tough days before we met them
and even so, we were able to enjoy the time we spent with them.
Thank you for your hospitality and amazing dinner. We Hope to
meet you again. And make It properly.
left by Helper Lisa from Austria for Mal & Lee
& Mal are one of the kindest people I have met in my life.
They are both full of knowledge and I can guarantee that you’ll
learn something new every day.
work in the garden is not hard and Lee&Mal make sure that you
don’t exhaust yourself too much. They also are aware of the
weather conditions and won’t expect you to work when it’s too
hot or rainy.
Lee is a great
cook and I was able to pick up a lot of recipes and tips from
her. I also really enjoyed our conversations during cooking.
likes to have conversations about everything that is going on in
the world. It’s always been a pleasure to learn from him.
have lots of respect for them because they help other people and
communities out and also try to find ways to make our planet more
Mal has lots of
documentaries for people who are interested in topics like the
environment, veganism, climate change, etc. He’ll be more than
happy to watch them with you.
then that you get to learn about different cultures. Which is
the bottom of my heart to the both of you. I really enjoyed my
stay and am so happy that I got to meet you two.
wish you all the best, take care!
By Helper: Jiao Li (Kayla) From: CHINA for hosts Mal & Lee
stayed at their house for 9 days in total. Since coming to
Australia, I have never felt so peaceful and comfortable. Thank
you very much Mal and Lee. When I finished my last job and flew
back to Perth, they came to pick up free of charge. Then I felt
very sorry for making them wait for more than half an hour
because my flight was delayed.
after they picked me up, they took me home, a very cozy single
room, even with various bath towels and slippers. After that, the
daily work was also very easy, because I was very slow while
doing the jobs, but Mal and Lee also understood me very well.
Although I am not very good at cooking, I have practiced how to
make dumplings at their house. Lee also taught me a lot of
is very knowledgeable and taught me a lot of knowledge about the
world,environment,animal....I will try to be vegetarian slowly.
When I left, thank them very much for taking me to the train
station. It was a very good experience.. and I told my every
friend that I had a great homestay experience in Perth,.
hope Mal and Lee can always be healthy, happy every day, younger
and younger day by day,and live a long life till more than 100
years old.Thank you so much for what you have done for me,
already miss them....
By Helper: Aria From: CHINA for hosts Mal & Lee - 24th
spent a very pleasant four weeks at Mal and Lee's house.They are
very nice and warm-hearted.They treated me like family.Mal is
very knowledgeable and teached me a lot of things.Lee can cook
many different delicous food like Thai food,Italy food,Australia
food ect.Everyday's meal is different and very healthy.She knows
I like desserts, and she often shares the desserts made by her
friends.When the weather gets cold, they will ask me if I have
enough warm clothes.When I was looking for a job, they gave me a
lot of help.When i go out for a long walk without back home,they
will check if i get lost.During this difficult time,i feel so
lucky to live with Mal and Lee.If I have chance ,i will come
back.I already miss them.
by Helper "Dillon" From CANADA - for hosts Mal &
and Lee are wonderful hosts and people to stay with.
was picked up my Mal at the train station. The whole stay there
was clear communication. Lee cooked amazing vegan meals daily and
there was an abundance of variety of food and colors to choose
from all so delicious and healthy. I'm was very pleased with the
variety of healthy food available. Mal always had clear
communication and was a great man to be around and it was a
pleasure listening to his stories about his world travels. He is
a very knowledgeable man and it was great to converse with each
other. I was planning a bike-packing trip and needed to get
equipped. Both Mal and Lee helped me as much as they could to get
ready for the trip, taking me out to local stores to pick things
up. They went out of their way to make sure I was fully equipped
and prepared. They were so generous gifting me many items and
food to make my trip as good as it could be. I'm very greatful
and happy for this workaway experience. Thank you Mal and Lee.
by Helper “Darren” From the UK - for hosts Mal &
stayed with Mal and Lee when I first arrived in Australia on my
round the world cycle trip. (Mal and Lee have also extensively
cycle toured around the world too). It was an absolute pleasure
to meet them and work for them. Mal is a font of knowledge and
let me get on with any work needed with minimal supervision.
Meals were an absolute delight as Lee is an amazing chef! The
area has some lovely walks and the lake of course. It was an
absolute pleasure to chat with them both and they made my first
few days in Australia a pleasure. Mal also took me to his local
bike shop where I was able to order some new tyres prior to
cycling across Australia. I can't recommend them enough.
by Helper Bruno from Brazil - for hosts Mal & Lee -
can’t think of enough words to thank Mal and Lee properly,
because it was such a great experience. It was my first workaway,
and I couldn’t think of a better way to start then this. I
really enjoyed working there, it was a fare amount of work and,
on top of that, I could eat some amazing vegan food that Lee
cooked. Also, it was so important to me having so many chats with
Mal, I could learn a lot with him, and rethink my habits and be
more concern about environment. So, Thank you for this
by Helper Luiza from Brazil - for hosts Mal & Lee
with Mal and Lee was an amazing experience. They are both
extremely caring and make everything possible for you to feel at
home. Lee is an incredible cook (I'm already missing her food!)
and Mal is incredibly smart and can discuss pretty much any topic
with an impressive knowledge. They taught me a lot about
plant-based diet (as well as geography, politics and so on),
making me rethink my habits and providing me with information
that can be very helpful to my job in the future. They are both
amazing people and I couldn't have asked for better hosts. Mal
and Lee, thank you for everything!
Helper: Daniel - Germany. - Reference Left 17-1-2020
and Lee are gorgeous. I could not expect a better start coming to
Australia. Immediately when I arrived in there home it felt like
I became a part of the family. You get your own furnished room
with desk, wardrobe and bed. super fast Internet access and the
best healthiest food that you can imagine. I never, before and
after, felt so healthy as during my 3 weeks with them. It is
amazing what meals (mostly) Lee creates. They also helped me to
set me up for a longer bike trip and I could use Mal's tools as
well. They do have bikes that you can use to go around. The
nearby champions lake is perfect for a swim during hot (and not
so hot) days or just for a walk du watch the sunset. Don't be
afraid to start discussions-Mal is so knowledgeable about
everything that happens in the universe, it was a enrichment of
life to listen to him. I can not tell how thankful I am to met
you and be part of your family for a short period of time.
Younesse and Fatima From: France Date: January
just spent two weeks at Mal and Lee's house, it was our first
helpx, and even the first time we slept with other people.
wanted to do helpx mainly to learn Australian life and to
exchange, and I was not disappointed, it was a very good
experience, the adventure in Australia starts well.
is always ready to help, he helped me with my resume cover
letter, how to apply, always ready to give advice, he was
extremely kind to us. We can talk about all subjects.
work, it's simple and really very easy, and he's accommodating,
he even gave us free days !!! we will always be grateful.
the beginning when I saw vegan I was wondering what are we going
to eat? and the Lee arrived and what a cooker she made me forget
the meat, the fish and the rest, I have never eaten vegetables so
well in my life, there are always a lot of dishes and very
The house is located
near a lake ideal for spending time in hot weather.
you very much Mal and Lee, We are grateful for what you have done
for us. thank you so much
Claire Petit From: France Date:
January 3, 2020
spent 9 days with Mal and Lee, just after I arrived in
It helped me to
get started here, as they spent quite some time sharing tips and
experience about the Australian lifestyle and job market. They
were globally really helpful and kind.
we're eager to share their vegan lifestyle as well. Mal and Lee
have an extensive knowledge about the vegan diet. In hindsight, I
would say that this experience will have long-lasting effects on
my personal eating habits. The meals provided are flavourful and
really diverse. Lee makes sure to provide sereval dishes, so
there is always something for everyone.
we had hour-long conversations all along my stay, which were
it comes to work, it was pretty light and easy. It was a bit of
gardening (potting and weeding) and cooking or
accommodation provided is comfortable, with one private room per
helper. The house is located near a rail station, and the train
will get you to Perth CBD in less than a half-hour. There is a
shopping centre in Kelmscott too, where I found all the common
and Lee, I wish you the best! Kind regards, Claire
Shanshan kong From: China December 6, 2019
Mal & Lee,,,,,,,,,,
just stayed in their house for 9 days and It was my first
experience for homestay.
is a great experience for me and just like my home in
Mal is very
knowledgeable and lee is always good at cooking. You have no idea
how she could cook so many different food even they are vegans
but I have so many different choices made by vegetables or beans,
really unbelievable for me.
not much work for me actually and they take me to Buddhist
temple, flea market(Asian market). I never was in Australia but
first time I was warmly welcome by Mal & lee.
talked a lots of things about china, but for me everything seems
so far and so close. We have different mindset but we are the
same human beings (Mal told me ). Actually this takes me some
time to absorb. But now, I realized No matter where we are,
people are mostly same.
taking Mal & lee's good wish, I will keep exploring
Australian land ,traveling people.
think I will write down my feelings of experience. I also need to
study a lot about the world, history, geography and everything,
I am 28 after this
month, and I ever thought I was old for traveling but now I never
feel so young like this moment, thanks Mal & lee.
to see you again.
Jelena RAJCIC From: France
Date: December 4, 2019
spent 11 days at Mal & Lee's house and what a wonderful
experience. I enjoyed every moment I spent with them. This was my
first experience as a Helpx and I couldn't have dreamed better.
They are people with a big heart and open-minded. There is no
taboo with them and it's great. We talked a lot and laughed a lot
About work, there
is not much to do. You will have time to enjoy Perth and its
discovered new products, a new way of eating and I loved it! Lee
is really passionate about cooking and I loved helping her.
cannot express my gratitude to them and their kindness.
you so much !
to be gone. I'm going to miss you! You are welcome in France and
I wish you all the
that I make the best banana bread !
mate ! :)
by Workawayer (Estelle & Julia) for host for (French)
had a lovely first "workaway" experience at Mal and
Lee’s. We were very happy to help them with tasks in the garden
and around the house, and stayed a couple of weeks. They are both
very nice, welcoming and generous persons. Lee is a wonderful
cook and prepared delicious vegan meals … every dinner was a
feast! Mal helped us so much, bringing us where we needed to go,
searching and buying a car, getting our camping gear together …
They have been very helpful with everything, thank you Mall &
by Workawayer Tinka (Ann-Kathrin) (German) November/2019
time at Mal and Lee's was amazing. I only stayed with them for a
week but even though it was just a short time, they treated me
I helped with
task around the house and in the garden, worked by myself or
together with Mal and/or Lee. In exchange I got accomodation and
food - the most delicious food, vegan food. Lee is an incredible
chef and prepared fresh meals everyday. (Thanks Lee for showing
me all this new recipes!)
two people are so heartwarming and caring. They do everything
they can to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel at home
and to feel safe. They have been super helpful with everything
and as I mentioned before, took me on as a new family member for
a week, including taking me along to a cultural ceremony at a
Buddhist temple they go to regularly. Actually us, as I was there
with a friend.
asked for a better place to stay, to work and to live.
Qiling HU From: China Date:
October 31, 2019
comfortable stay (7 days)with Mal&Lee!!! Not too much work to
do,just gardening ,dish washing and packing.I really enjoy the
VEGAN food.They showed me the Buddhism temple and gave some
advice about my job.They are really nice to share things with
others.Mal also helped mail my Bupa card and scan the TFN letter
to me.Hope Mal&Lee will be better in the future. By the way,
can I know where to buy the burger ‘meat’,it is really
From: United Kingdom Date: October 7, 2019
Mal and Lee,
Thank you from
the bottom of my heart for inviting me into your life. The impact
your wise words, culture, videos and music, Buddhist teachings,
vegan cooking and kindness will stay with me. Rarely do you meet
people who genuinely care about a stranger and will do anything
to make you feel at home in a new place. It was so much fun
sitting around a table filled with delicious food, talking about
every issue under the sun with no fear of judgement. I have
learnt so much from you both which has already filtered into my
every day life. I wish you both health and happiness and that Lee
is back to her old self soon. I hope you realise the positive
impact you have had on me at a time when I needed it.
- Hybrid Listing, inc Helpx) Guido Huwiler Olten, Solothurn,
Switzerland - Sep 2019
gift to stay with the big heardet couple Mal & Lee in there
warm and causy house for 3 night's.
have been spoiled with home made, fresh vegan food every day.
Talking and laughing with this two passieneted touring bikers
made our start in Aussi-land verry easely. We got many good tips
for our bicyle trip through Australia.
can warmly recommend this wonderful, quiet place, close to Perth
Guido and Rita,
worldpush-bike cylists from Switzerland
LIMIN and YONGLIN From: China
Date: September 15, 2019
really feel very thankful and lucky to meet Mal&Lee, they are
very kind and considerable. The three weeks we spent together is
one of the best time of my current life.
we suffered some bad treatment from last host, Mal came and
picked us up from that house and told us we would be taken care.
Everytime we arrive at the train station near home, we can see
Mal is on his car and waiting for us. It really makes us feel
warm. Besides, he also teach us a lot about the world, the
history, the politics, how to live a healthy life and so many
knowledge. What inspire most is he cares not only about himself
or his family but also the whole world. He ever told me he feel
very sad about the pollution of the world, human kill animals but
animals also have their lives, except we look different we are
all the same because we are all human beings. He shared many his
stories which really raise me up and motivate myself to be a
feed us well,we can not imagine how vegan food can be so
delicious before.She will change her recipe to suit our
flavor.Eveytime they go out for shopping seems like bring the
whole shop home,we know that they just want to feed us as much as
they can.We learned much not only about kitchen,cook and
housekeeping,but also qualities of hardworking from her.
ask us to be like our own home here and suggest us to invite our
friends for dinner.They threat us like their families,Lee made
birthday cake for me and they drove us to new house with the food
they prepared.They are our families in Australia,we never feel
alone in Australia cause they welcome us back at any time.
are so thankful what they had treated us and took care of us.We
saw good qualities from them.Hope they live happy and healthy.We
will be back to visit you.
Nikki Chen From: China
Date: August 18, 2019
been staying with Mal & Lee for 16 days, it was a wonderful
them are very knowledgable and considerable, help me a lot not
only in accommodation and food but also the things to be done
when first arrived in Aus.
be honest, it was my first time having Vegan food, i won't never
ever believe vegan food can be so delicious until i met them, i
have to say Lee is really an amazing cook. I will never forget
the taste in my life.
take me to the temple to experience the different buddhism
culture, they also introduce their friends to me, i felt that i
was part of their family, so i really enjoy it.
is a very kind people and always suggest me a lot, but i felt
very sorry to her because she was seriously hurt due to helped me
checking on the bicycle. In that days they try not to show any
bad mood, but I can felt the worries and difference because they
were a family full of love and happiness. I never telling them my
feeling, but i think they can read my mind. Suffers makes people
stronger, and I believe Lee can recover the soonest than any
others because she is so strong minded.
the end, best wishes to Mal and Lee, and hope they can be happy
and healthy everyday!
Yiying ZHU From: China
Date: March 31, 2019
am really grateful to have lived with Mal&Lee, they're a
lovely couple, although less than a week, every day is
It was my
first helpX experience and I was sooo lucky to meet them for my
first time. Mal and Lee are very knowledgeable people, should be
said to be very rich in knowledge and experience, and very
patient at the same time. Mal said I am a cave dweller, but every
day, we chat at the table when we have the meals let me benefit
greatly, can take notes of the kind, if you like chatting, has
your own opinions, in this house, you must be very interesting
patience, he said I have many opportunities to be young, but also
broaden my mind, has been encouraging you. Some of the great
truth is that through the daily small dialogue, you can learn a
lot. Thank you, Mal!
about diet, Lee cooking is amazing, (Lee if you see, I owe you a
meal, Looool), Lee can make delicious fresh food into a
surprising meal, I love to eat each dish, thank you, Lee! But
also very appreciated you as a woman, your views I can learn from
which part I understand.
is my first contact with vegan, and I've learned more through the
web, and I'll try to be a vegetarian, and that's a small change
I've made myself.
Oh, every day's work is very easy, I think this is the meaning of
HELPX. It would be nice if a skilled friend could help them more.
I think Mal&Lee need some boys to give a hand, come on boys,
it’s your show time~Why not?
thank you again! I know you'll be able to see it~
Stacy Woody From: France Date: February 12,
very good weeks in Mal and Lee s house".
really want to say merci Mal and Lee. I spent 2 amazing weeks
with them. We shared very good moment like cooking, learning,
discovering, laughing and a little bit working. To start my
travel in Australia, I found the best place with considerate
people. But now I am continuing my wanderlust and I will miss Mal
and Lee. Keep save and thanks a lot for everything. I hope I will
see you again.
Amber Wei From: China Date: February 2, 2019
spent a week at Mal & Lee's which was so informative,
educational, thought-provoking, eye-opening and mind-blowing.The
real work itself was too easy, less than two hours painting or
gardening on weekdays, on top of which we were happy to help Lee
out in the kitchen by doing small chores like the dishes and
setting the table.
is such a talented and tasty vegan cook, caring and fabulous
housewife that Mal says wherever Lee is, he's happy to be there.
I wish I could have a compatible and complementary marriage just
As for Mal,
he's the most intelligent and well-versed person I've ever met
with a library of knowledge, who educated us and shared his
wisdom with us every day at the dining table. We were so lucky
and honoured to have learned many advanced English words and a
different perspective to see things from him.
my stay there, they took me out to a big event in Armadale on
Australia Day and to the serene temple where I learned that monks
in Australia are so cheerful and humorous and to the Indian
buffet and the casino where me and Dana had our first dance to
the live music at the casino bar.I spent a lot of my spare time
enjoyably and leisurely with Stacy,a French bonza helper,cycling
around Swan River in Perth city and the nearby Champion
In a nutshell,
my seven days were so worthy and memorable, well spent in this
multicultural, well-traveled and well-bred intellectual family.I
will miss my "professor","the burger Queen","Miss
Sugar" and Dana.
: Julia and Matthias From Germany Date: January 4, 2019
stayed 3 weeks at Mal & Lee's Place and we really enjoyed
every single day. It was our first helpx experience and it could
not have been any better.
& Lee made us feel at home very quickly. They are both very
kind, warm & loving people. The vegan food is just so
delicious. By far it was the best food on our travels. As we just
got into the vegan lifestyle. We really appreciated all the
knowledge Mal & Lee have about a good vegan diet. Thank you
for sharing and teaching us how to do Som Tam & all the yummy
The house of Mal
& Lee feels like home very quick and we loved the
surroundings. The lake is just around the corner and even Perth
CBD is not that far.
all the trouble we had before with our car this was the perfect
place and company to calm down and to get some rest. Also we got
to know wonderful people from china & japan. We enjoyed
having such a multicultural vibe in the house and we are glad we
met some new friends.
has so much knowledge about everything. Thanks for opening up our
point of view!
for our late reply!
hope to meet you again - maybe in Thailand :) thank you for
hugs & love, Matthias & Julia
Grace Tu - From: China Date: December 12, 2018
in Mal&Lee’s place for 2 weeks was a lovely experience.
Like everyone else, I loved the VEGAN FOOD in this house!!!! Not
only I met some new friends from Japan and Germany, but I learnt
a lot from Mal and Lee. Both of them are full of wonderful
adventure, life experience and knowledge. I learnt so much about
vegetables from Lee. I enjoyed so much on how they care for the
food and how wise they are in living a healthy life. And they
have bikes for you to cycle around. The lake nearly is a
beautiful spot to cycle or walk.
don’t take things for granted here, you take and you give. The
2-hour work wasn’t difficult. Mal and Lee would always care for
you. Everyone in the house helped out in the kitchen before or
after meal. It was actually a good time to learn some cooking
from Lee and talk with her.
is an amazing computer geek. I am very grateful he helped to fix
some problems in my laptop and install Linux system for me. He
never stops learning. Every day he would have something new to
blow your mind. I wish my English was even better and my brain
had more knowledge to discuss more with him. I really appreciate
he enlightened me to learn more and more.
and Lee are very warm-hearted, considerate and cute couple. You
would enjoy being around them.
was very memorable time for me. Thank you so much for
all the best!
Chenyiyun Wang From: China Date: December
had stayed with Mal and Lee for one week! They were so nice and
gave me the most memorable exchange experience. The food was
good, room was clean and Mal droped and picked me up at the
station every time when I went out. They were talkable, kind,
embrancing and understanding difference among people. I’m so
glad I met them for my first Helpx exchange. And I’m so happy I
made good friends in Mal and Lee ‘s house.
you Mal and Lee for everything you’d done for me. Really wish I
have oportunity to meet you guys again.
Satomi Mima From: Japan October 10, 2018
stayed here for a week. There were little work I could do, like
gardening and carrying bricks. Sorry, I wished I’ve been a good
carpenter or something!
felt so comfortable during I stayed here, every meal Lee cooked
was so delicious, Thai food, sometimes Japanese food as well.
These meal worth much more than I paid in advance.
taught me lots of things including about food industry, healthy
food etc and showed me some interesting videos like about social
programs and music. They took me and another Japanese girl to the
shopping centre,Cambodian temple and vegan restaurant on
I sometimes took
for a walk around house, there are some nice parks and rivers to
enjoy views and watching birds.
Su su From: China Date: September 29, 2018
have stay with Mal&Lee for 45days.Mal&Lee picked me up
from the airport at first day and take me to the another spot
where i am working today，i
am so appreciate and lucky stay with them，Lee
cooks so delicious，i
feel so full everyday，i
like talking with Mal about social problems，he
always give me some new views and i glad to talking with him
although my English is so poor^^anyway，with
feel peaceful and cheerful，they
are soooo kind people????i will miss u all.
Yulong Lan (Matthew) From: China Date: September 15, 2018
stayed with Mal and Lee for two weeks by recommendation from a
Chinese girl who I met at the airport, and fortunately, Mal and
Lee were willing to take me hence I have got a most beautiful
memory that I would never forget.
and Lee are both vegan, thus I thought before that the food may
not surprise me. On the contrary, Lee is one of the most amazing
cooks who I've ever known as she is very capable of turning
normal vegetables into exotic and local delicious cuisine using
different cooking methods. Moreover, Lee is extremely industrious
as well as she never stops in the kitchen.
is a pretty knowledgeable and wise old man. Mal has lived an
attractive life indeed, from a navy soldier to a prison officer
to a computer shop owner and so on, I wish I could have a life as
colourful as this too.
and Lee cycled around this country and the world, therefore,
they've got a lot of interesting stories that they experienced in
other countries. They introduced a healthy vegan lifestyle to me,
even though I may not be able to make myself a proper vegan
overnight, it struck me that I should pay more attention to my
own health, life of animals, philosophy of life and humans as one
In a word, it
was a great pleasure to meet Mal and Lee. They are very nice
husband and wife.
Chilson From: China Date: September 14, 2018
you ever seen the streets at 4: 30 in the morning? Just today.
Mal and Lee were trying to get me to work . They got up early to
cook breakfast and take us to work .It really touched me .In
their home, I felt the warmth of home, I felt their concern and
care for me, I really appreciate them .If there's a next time,
I'll come to their house again .I was alone in Australia, but
they told me to keep a room for you whenever you want to come
back .I'll miss Lee's delicious meals and Mal's interesting
observations .I know that maybe my English is not good enough to
express what they did for me .But I just want to say that I
really appreciate meeting you in my life . Best wishes.The name
that's hard to spell, Chilson .
Anna Jauch From: Germany Date: May 16, 2018
spent two weeks with Mal and Lee and wow what lovely people they
are. As soon as I entered the house they made sure I was
comfortable and happy. I learned a lot during our conversations
and am still amazed how much knowledgment both of them hold. Not
only did the food taste amazing but I also found out a lot about
how food nourishes our body and what a healthy diet ideally looks
I worked at the local
Cambodian temple where I discovered and experienced so much about
Buddhism first hand. I was encouraged to take part in their
ceremonies like chanting and meditating and the other locals were
always lovely as well.
chore was mainly weeding and helping around the kitchen, cleaning
up and 'serving' the monks.
huge thank you Mal for all of the help you provided me with my
Thanks Lee for the
amazing food, I felt like I was in vegan food heaven.
for your hospitality!! Wish you all the best,
Yan Pang From: China Date: April 17, 2018
stayed with Mal and Lee for 5 days and I had a great time there.
I arrived at the airport late and they kindly came to pick me up
which makes me feel being welcomed. Mal was sick when I was
there, so I didn't have too much work to do, instead, they took
me to the church and temple to share food with other people, or
took me to the Perth city.
cooked many delicious vegan food and Mal taught me a lot of
knowledges about balance diet, history, geography, etc. You will
always learn something from them.
I hope you will recover soon and be happy everyday, I mean, both
FROM MAL - I was bitten by a spider and am recovered now :-) -
Julien and Noemie - From, Belgium - Date: March 29, 2018
our first experience helpX we had the luck to stay for a few days
with Mal and Lee. They are so naturally friendly and welcoming.
We absolutely loved our few days there. Both are very interesting
and have a lot of things to learn to us. Work there was more than
fair. Really happy of our experience with both of them and were
amazed by there cooking skills and there knowledge about vegan
diet. Eating with them is more than worth it. Thanks again Mal &
Lay hong and Peng kiat From: Malaysia - Date: January 29, 2018
& Lee are very kind, loving and caring couple. We felt very
lucky to have stayed with them. We stay with them for 10 days but
we really hope we could stay with them for much longer. We love
chatting with them. During breakfast, lunch and dinner time, we
always have a long chat like a family.
were given easy job to do. We did little bit of roof painting,
painting trailer, window cleaning, we felt we did too little for
them. They were always very concern about us, did we slept well?
how we felt about the job given, and how we felt about food.
cooks very yummy vegan food, her meals always surprise us as it
was always a different dish, different variety ,be it a burger,
noodle, mix soups, curry, miso soup, pastry, fried rice,
Vietnamese popiah, salad fruit juice , all are so delicious. We
miss them all so much. .The food that Lee cooks are full of
colour, variety of veg and fruits, nuts, grains, herb and many
other ingredient that I don’t know. Lee made very tasty and
healthy sauce (all kind of sauce with multi ingredients). I think
we had the most healthy food and yummy vegan food in our life
(unless we are lucky enough to meet another Lee in the future..
haha..). They even taught us on how to keep a balance diet. I am
a vegetarian for 5 years, I always don’t know much about how to
eat a healthy meal. Lee and Mal open our mind on that., why we
must eat this & that food .
always has something to share, he is very knowledgeable, he
always give my 17th years old girl advice on life. He has more
than 50 years’ working experience; he has been in many business
and type of works. Lee teaches us about business, how the system
works, how to get start a business, what to do and what not to be
done. Mal was always kind to fetch us to the train station, to do
some shopping. One Sunday , they brought us to a Buddhist temple
to serve the monks there. We love the peaceful environment
They are brave and
courage person. They have been visiting more than 80 countries
(if not mistaken?), they took 3 years to cycled the world. So
they have many travelling experience to share. They are our
health advisor, they are our business advisor and of course they
are our trip advisor too?. They seem to know everything. The most
important is they are willing to share their experience with us.
Sometimes the dinner table felt like a debating hall. Everyone
had different ideas on the topic . They always encourage us to
express our point of view, our English has improve a lot ?.
U Mal & Lee, will definitely come back and of course hoping u
will visit us at Kuala Lumpur in near future. Will keep in touch
and say hello to you often. Wish you both happy and healthy
forever. Cheers, Lay Hong & Li Xuan Helper:
Zhijun and Fengwan From: China - Date: December 28, 2017
stayed with Mal&Lee almost half years. Like the family. They
are very friendly and sincerely people. LEE is a good cooker.
Everytime will try her best to prepared lunch and dinner. Vegan
food is very healthy and delicious. They help us too many
things.Even we are no skills, Mal teach us how to printing the
the wall is better . we learned more and more about how to repair
the house. we never forget this time. we love perth and MAL&
LEE very much!
Silvia and Damián From: Spain - Date: October 8, 2017
We stayed with Mal & Lee for almost 10 days, the experience
was great!!!! They were always trying to make us feel like at
home. Lee loves to cook and you can feel it when you taste her
food! They were a big help for the first days in OZ. Mal helped
us a lot with banks, cars etc. Thank you for everything you have
done for us! See you soon!
Vanessa Omoigui From: Germany - Date: September 24, 2017
was staying with Lee and Mal for 2 weeks and it was a great first
help x experience! I think they are the most guest-friendly
people I've ever met and I'm happy that i could get to know them.
Lee's food is sooo good and you'll never leave the house
They took me to
awesome places I've never been before and I had a lot of fun
there. The work was always interesting and not hard at all and my
room there was soooo chomfy. I also really liked the two chinese
girls staying there, it was fun to be around them! There's a
beautiful big lake near the house and I loved going for a walk
there. If you are looking for a homestay that really feels like
home, you should come here. Thank you for that experience Lee &
Mal , I really enjoyed it at your place!
Fanny and Chris From: France - Date: September 22, 2017
stayed 2 weeks at Mal & Lee's and it was a really good first
HelpX experience. They are tolerant, open-minded and truly
attentive to their hosts. Food is an important part of their way
of life and Lee is an excellent cook. The work (we did painting)
was not hard and they are flexible. Thank you Mal, thank you
FROM WHEN WE ARE HOTEL MANAGERS - HELPX
Shujin From: China Date: June 3, 2016
is really a lovely place.
environment inside the lodge is very clean,tidy,and warm, no
matter the hall,the kitchen, or the garden, you will enjoy them
just like at home.
environment around the lodge is also attractive, you have a lot
of choices every day after 2hours-work to wander around, giant
tingle tree, tree top walk, circular pool,mt frankland, bibbulmun
trail, peaceful bay, each one worthes visiting, and also
supermarket ,post office,visitor center, bus stop nearby ,very
The people in
Walpole are excellent. When we worked there, the managers -Mal
and Lee treated us like family members, the owner, their family
is also very kind.There you can meet different kinds of people,
share food,stories,information, skills,knowledge, very
The work here
is not heavy, mainly cleaning and making bed.
you are interested in Walpole lodge , do come, you will not
regret, neither the place nor people here. This is really an
excellent place, I Will remember forever and come back one day.
Sophie(Jianliang) From: China Date: June 3,
is the most amazing place I’ve ever been! The Lodge is so quiet
in such a peaceful area, which makes me even want to buy it~
(Hah, unfortunately I don’t have enough money…)
is a lovely town, you can have forest, sea, beach, mountain at
the same time, just by walking. We tried several parts of
Bibbulmun Track here, I really recommend it! 2 hrs work is quite
easy, during free time, we also participated the community
activities in Walpole, meeting friendly residents in the country
club and the Anglican church, they are all warmly hospital;
especially the councilor, David, if you meet him, you will be
very lucky, he’s so optimistic, and enjoys introducing the
whole Walpole to you.
managers Mal and Lee become our family the first day we arrived.
Although food is not included in helpx, they always invited us to
their colorful veggie meals. Lee can cook the most delicious
veggie food in the world, and she always sharing her cooking tips
with us, as well as presenting us free ingredients. They drove us
to every spots around Walpole – Giant Tingle Tree, Circular
Pool, Peaceful Bay, Denmark, Tree Top Walk, Dinosaur Park, Mt
Frankland, it was such a wonderful memory. Mal and Lee are very
considerate, they care about every life in the world, I learned
quite a lot of life philosophy from them. However, Lee said,
“when you feel comfortable, it’s time for you to go”, so
they went on their journey… And we left 2 days after them.
the way, the owner Julia and Steel are also nice people, and the
day before we leaving, we met the new managers, although it was
in a hurry, they gave me a good impression.
the end, I recommend this lovely Lodge a thousand
Sebastian van den Ende From: Netherlands Date:
May 2, 2016
has been a honer for me to work a side whit the current managers
Mal and Lee at the Walpole Lodge.
cooking is amazing, i have learned so much from her, such a
stories fascinates me, such a delight to be around whit.
became family right away, whit there relaxed way of thinking and
I will miss
The area of
Walpole is a great place to vised for a while if you love nature,
so much to do!
work is just 2 hours and its not hard at all, after that you have
all the time off to do whatever you want.
and Gaby From: Canada Date: February 25,
Mal and Lee!
the late review. We had a very pleasant time at Walpole lodge.
Mal and Lee are some lovely persons with whom we shared some
interesting conversations and could exchange about traveling
experiences. The work is very easy and Lee will show you the art
of housekeeping :) this hostel/lodge has a very high standard of
care and costumer service, thanks to the manager team.
would recommend this place to anyone for a great experience with
these two exceptionnal individuals that are Malcom and
Thank you again
and see you soon!
left by Workawayer (Matthias & Eva) 26-12-2017
a fantastic time at Lee & Mal's house. They were such
welcoming and generous hosts, that we immediatly felt at home at
their house. The vegan food was absolutely delicious and we miss
it very much! We enjoyed many interesting conversations on all
kinds of areas and were impressed by the vast knowledge the two
have through their life experience. Thank you for everything! :
left by Workawayer (Alessandra & Carmen) 11-9-2017
stay at Mal and Lee's home! We helped as much as we could in
renovating their house (painting and gardening) and stayed a
couple of weeks. All the meals were delicious and homemade by Lee
who is a wonderful cook and person! Mal helped us so much with
everything he could.. They are very very helpfull and made us
feel at home and part of their everyday life from the very first
day. Definitly recommend staying at their home they are lovely
left by Workawayer (Delphine & Thibaut) 1-7-2017
stay 3 week with Lee and Mal and we really enjoy this first
workaway experience. Mal and Lee are very kind, they bring us
where we need to go, they help us to find a car and some stuff
and above of all they share with us great moment. I definitly
recommends them ! Thank you for all, Delphine and thibaut
left by Workawayer (Teresa) 26-5-2017
loving people are amazing. I was literally a part of their
family. I had such a great time. Started with meal and finished
with great experience. I did some painting and cleaning, preps
for painting and so on. I didnt have any skills in building stuff
but mal showed me some of his skills and we could work together.
It was fantastic. The food from lee was very good and never to
less. Almost every meal was a special one and very tasty as well!
I really enjoyed my time there. We had good talks about different
themes and we were listening to all the music, mal collected over
years from all over the world. We watched documanteries and
movies, I was really interested in.
took me to the casino and a good restaurant. To a Buddhist temple
and to a crystal shop. Sweet as! I can't thank these people
enough. I am just very grateful to chose this lovely couple and
had new experience.
mal. Your heart is so big and everything comes back to you! I
promise! Thank you for all you have done for me! We will see each
other again. I can feel that. I will miss you and never forget
you in my heart. Lots of love for you and a great time with all
the other workawayers! Take care!! X Sincerely, Teresa
left by Workawayer (Andres) 16-5-2017
stayed with Lee and Mal for 3 weeks and it was wonderful
expirience for me. I helped them with my knowledge and skills in
renovating for a exchange for my own room and delicious meals. I
have to say Lee is an excellent chef and I totally enjoyed her
vegan meals! I never went hungry in they're house.
had some lovely talks about different aspects of life and Mals
knowledge about things seemed endless. They really treated me
like a part of the family and I am really grateful for that. Also
before sending me back on the road, they helped soo much, getting
my gear together, planning the route etc. I would reccomend them
as they were unbelivably nice hosts! Hopefully we meet again