In the wake of pandemic-fatiguedleaving cities in a flurry, looking for peace and quiet in the forest, farmers are signing up as hosts to earn additional sources of revenue.
Amid an extreme drought that forced them to sell 40 prime milkers to the meatwork, dairy producer Libby Rough listed with an online resource for discovering and booking uniquestays, including , , , treehouses, and to raise money for food as well as school fees.
“We didn’t get a milk cheque for three months, and friends had come and said, ‘You should put this [farm] on a booking system,'” Rough said.
They opened Hidden Pocket, named for its private location on the Mary River at Moy Pocket close to Kenilworth in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Fourhave turned the farm’s fortunes around, which has brought the family over AU$50,000 since 2020.
Hidden Pocket is booked out months ahead of time and nominated for awards.
“We pride ourselves on having awhere thousands of people are not on top of each other,” Rough said.
Since the beginning of 2019, the number of users of theplatform has increased by 450%.
For the Rough family, the funds have paid for the infrastructure they might not otherwise have afforded, such as farm fencing and the repair of the road milk tankers travel on to get to their dairy.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has released a discussion paper titled Unlocking Queensland’sPotential.
The study estimated that the value ofcould reach as much as AU$4.5 billion annually to the state by 2030 but discovered that the lack of consistent local government guidelines on planning was hindering farmers’ efforts to diversify their business.
In a world where most city dwellers do not have country counterparts, the connections thatcreates are vital.