The hottest Aussie holiday trend right now? A fabulous regional farm stay

From scone making workshops along the Great Ocean Road and wine tours of the Adelaide Hills to cheese tastings in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – the owners of some of Australia’s most picturesque dairy destinations are open for business and ready to welcome Aussie travellers into their homes.

With international travel still a distant prospect, there’s no time like the present to explore our backyard and what better way to do it than with a food and wine road trip – with tips and knowledge from your local host to make the experience even more memorable.

In a bid to help kickstart local tourism as state boarders open, Airbnb and Dairy Australia have teamed up to showcase the best of regional Australia and are encouraging Aussies to pack their bags and support our farmers and small business owners.

Emily Coulson, a Dairy Australia spokesperson said that after a difficult year, the collaborative campaign ‘Dairy Destinations’ showcases the best of Australia’s dairy farming regions and encourages Aussies to actively support local dairy farmers, producers and communities.

“With international flights currently grounded, it couldn’t be a better time to holiday in Australia this year,” she said. “Dairy Destinations takes the guesswork out of planning memorable road trips throughout our incredible dairy regions. You don’t have to go far for great dairy, and Dairy Destinations is a testament to that.”

With 12 different regions on offer, you’ll find the perfect country escape – from the rolling hills of Gippsland overlooking the Strzelecki Ranges, a beautifully renovated 1900s stone cottage in the countryside of South Australia, the picturesque Lake Moodemere Estate with lake and vineyard views or a cosy, fire-warmed retreat perched on the rugged Tasmanian coastline.

In New South Wales you’ll explore the road less travelled and uncover the hidden dairy gems of the South Coast. Or, sample some of the states best dairy offerings with cheese making and tasting classes, award-winning chocolates and beachside markets on the Central Coast.

In Queensland, graze your way through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s award-winning dairy products, soak up the rolling hills of the hinterland and immerse yourself in a true farm stay experience. There are many postcard-perfect homestays in Maleny, perched high above the Sunshine Coast with amazing views over the Glasshouse Mountains.

In Western Australia, visit the famed Margaret River region. Positioned on a cape and surrounded by ocean on three sides, the region is known for its isolation, coastline and beautiful vineyards — the perfect conditions for decadent dairy produce, fine wine and the trip of a lifetime.

Perhaps you’d prefer to take a stroll through the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley or Fleurieu Peninsula, where you’ll taste your way through South Australia’s best wine, ice cream, yoghurt, chocolate, and artisan cheeses from world-class dairy producers and stay the night surrounded by stunning South Australian scenery.

In Victoria – a true food and wine lovers dream – your options are endless. Drive the winding length of the Great Ocean Road, stopping at quaint cottages and indulging in delicious paddock to plate experiences along the way. From cheesemongers to chocolatiers – eat your weight’s worth of incredible offerings from the Murray Dairy region. In the state’s south-east, experience the renowned beauty of the Gippsland Region’s farmland, mountains and lakes and sample delectable ice creams, chocolates, cheese and wine.

If you’re pining for an island getaway, take a trip to Australia’s very own island state, Tasmania. Relish the state’s captivating natural beauty, cultural experiences and enviable food and drink offerings. Sample the states best fare with fresh apple cider, cheeses, wine and oysters.

Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb’s Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said the popular accomodation site is also welcoming new dairy farming hosts, encouraging those with regional properties and a room to spare to get on board.

“We’re also thrilled to welcome dairy farmers on board as Airbnb hosts. At a time when Aussies are embracing regional travel and looking to spend their tourist dollars in country towns, there’s never been a better time to host on Airbnb,” she said.

“Whether it’s a spare room, converted barn, or entire farm, hosting allows people to take typically their most significant asset and turn it into an income engine that can help with living costs, support additional business ventures and secure their financial future – as well as make a big contribution to their local community.

“Our Hosts are very passionate about showing off the patch they call home and are always sure to point guests in the direction of the best, hidden gems and local businesses to support.”

Article by Anna Wall on 10 April 2021 – startsat60.com

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