Tasmania leads the way in Farm Tourism

In Tasmania

Tasmanian tourism operators are grabbing hold of what city-folk already know – holiday makers want a friendly, peaceful, original experience.

From the Tasmanian Country Hour/ ABC Rural

Hundreds of Tasmanian farms and small holdings are geared to cater for visitors and tourists.

And at a national regional tourism convention in Launceston this week, rural tourism operators have been revealing how they are building on local strengths in challenging economic times.

From cellar doors to traditional farm stays, many northern Tasmanian tourism ventures are reporting fewer visitors this year.

More tourists are taking a flying three day Tasmanian holiday that includes a visit to MONA, a day in Hobart, and a trip to wineries in the south east.

But Westbury district wool grower and farm-stay host Wendy Gee, says while it would be good to have more families crossing Bass Strait, especially some ferries again from Sydney, more overseas visitors are finding her Cluan Homestead Bed and Breakfast and booking in directly online.

Wendy Gee, says she still thinks of the business as something of a hobby, but needing a professional approach.

“You have to be quite professional about having a B&B”, she said.

“At times it’s hard because you have another life, and people don’t always come at the most convenient time.

“But when you have a building which is suitable it’s a very very good purpose for it and it is an interesting thing to do.”

Lilydale couple, Susie Aulich and Gordon Cuff have recently added visitor accommodation on their property called ‘The Trig’.

Gordon Cuff says they wanted to share the atmosphere, land, the views, and Tasmania food & wine and design with visitors and create a sustainable enterprise on their small farm.

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