Barry's Place Atauro

About Us!


Lina Hinton.


Lina, born and raised in Aileu, Timor Leste (2 hours south of Dili), studied English for 4 years in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia and returned to Timor Leste in 2006 and worked as a translator in health, with ASSERT, (Disability and rehabilitation services) AAI, (Australian Aid International) and with the United Nations, (UN police).She mainly assisted in community policing and medical evacuations from Atauro to Dili. At present Lina is a Women’s representative (voluntary) for Atauro Island working in raising local Atauro womens’ awareness of basic human rights, education, health, and livelihood opportunities.


Barry and Lina have two boys, Micky and Mardy who, when not at school are always showing their happy smiling faces around the lodge.


Barry Hinton.


Barry, born in Gladstone and raised in Rockhampton, in Central Queensland, Australia, was a primary school teacher, physical education teacher, and acting Principal at Ubobo and Woorabinda (an Aboriginal community schools) for 10 years. He came to Timor-Leste in February 2001 as a PALMS Australia volunteer and volunteered for over  6 years at Dili National University (Teaching English, (ESL)) in Ermera district (community development), and Atauro Island with the local NGO Roman Luan in a capacity building/ livelihoods project, Tua-koin  eco-lodge. At present he is the PALMS Australia In-country manager of volunteers.

And our Lodge as a social enterprise.


With Lina’s background in language, assisting in health and community policing, and Barry’s in education and community development through livelihood/ capacity building programs, our Lodge has evolved into a permaculture based, social enterprise and networking  hub, to help deliver livelihoods and links for our community to assist in their specific needs.


A social enterprise is a revenue generating business with primary social objectives (human and environmental well-being) whose surpluses are reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to deliver profit to external shareholders and owners.


Both Lina and Barry have a strong commitment to ethical tourism, and community development.


Due to the sporadic and unreliable internet connection (as well as our lifestyle), Barry's Place on Atauro regrets to advise that we are unable to do any online bookings and ask our guests to please make bookings via phone or SMS on +670 7723 6084. Thanks for your understanding and co-operation. Warm regards, Barry and Lina Hinton


Contact: Barrys Place on Atauro, Dili, Timor-Leste, Phone or SMS +670 7723 6084 or +670 77441101