Relaxing in a spa in the leafy backyard of a coastal wooden house near Bundaberg, Keith Murfet looks very at home.

The retired truck driver thinks he’s discovered his personal slice of paradise in Moore Park on what appears to be a beach vacation.

And the best part of living in paradise is the cost of your accommodation – free.

Mr. Murfet is a house-sitter and lives without rent or mortgage by taking care of the houses while their owners travel.

After traveling around Australia in a caravan himself, Mr Murfet started keeping his home in the Bundaberg region around two years ago, which suited his now relaxed lifestyle.

“I don’t have to make any plans at all,” Mr. Murfet said.

“What more can you ask for?”

Mr. Murfet parks his caravan in the properties he occupies.(ABC Wide Bay: Brad Marsellos)

Using websites that offer listings for those in need of house sitters, or where people can offer their own babysitting services, Mr. Murfet packed his bags and started living without a permanent address.

But over time, he no longer needed online help.

“I think 70 to 80 percent [of bookings] have been word of mouth,” he said.

Some house sitters also take care of pets or livestock, but Mr. Murfet prefers flexibility, doing household chores and maintaining the house and yards.

And while some house sitters charge, many don’t.

Housing struggles in Queensland

It has never been so difficult and expensive to find a home in Queensland.

Home prices have risen significantly over the past two years and housing vacancy rates are close to zero in places like the Fraser Coast and the Bundaberg region.

Kim, who asked that her last name not be published, is among those opting for a nomadic lifestyle.

A woman is sitting on a boat smiling.
Kim is meeting more and more people who choose to be homeless and to travel.(Provided)

For seven years she has had no fixed address and travels around the Queensland region to house-sit, camp, use backpackers or stay with friends.

“I think more people are looking for a lifestyle change right now.

“They want to live more than the mundane 9-to-5 job and city life.”

Kim admitted her lifestyle isn’t for everyone and, as a woman traveling independently, it’s important to stay “vigilant”.

But her main concern, she said, was the spiders in her sleeping bag.

While guarding his house can often make him yearn for his own home, the sense of opportunity makes up for it.

“There were pockets at times when I felt very comfortable, mostly in a house,” she said.

“Then I look to the other side and think, ‘I’ve had all these opportunities and great experiences and I don’t want any of that’.”

Mr. Murfet and Kim agreed that it takes a certain personality to purposely live without a home.

“Determine what type of journey you would like to embark on,” she said.

“Be open and give it a try.”