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More farming businesses score agritourism diversification grants

More farming businesses score agritourism diversification grants

The Queensland Government is supporting the resilience of our farming sector while growing the agritourism sector through another round of Agritourism Business Grants in partnership with the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF).

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said providing co-funding allowed operators to establish or expand agritourism enterprises to meet growing demand for unique Queensland experiences.

“Twelve farming businesses have secured between $8,000 to $25,000 in matched funding to engage specialist services, and construct or modify on-farm infrastructure,” the Minister said.

“These farming businesses want to be more resilient and have the capacity to diversify or expand into successful agritourism businesses.”



Agritourism Venture


Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm

Hook-A-Barra on the Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm New Tour


Emdale, cropping and cattle farmers

Emdale Farmstay


High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm

Regenerative Agriculture Ecotourism Project


Petersen’s Farm, horticulture farmers

Connecting People, produce and place through Big Rosella events


Mustard Seed Services, dairy farmers and beef cattle graziers

Country Living Workshops

Scenic Rim

Stratford Station, beef cattle grazing

Ecoultura Project


The Creek Whitsundays, Brahman cows and stud Brahmans

The Creek Whitsundays


Canefields, sugar cane farmers

Canefields Distillery – Sugar cane crusher commissioning

Sunshine Coast

WaterPark Farm, Tea Tree plantation farmers

Waterpark Farm Tea Tree plantation retail outlet


Ogg & co., wool Marino sheep and beef cattle breeders

Ayrshire Downs Caravan and Camping


Firebreak Farm, lamb, pig and cattle farmers

The Firebreak

South Burnett

Rising Sun Alpacas, Dorper sheep, Large Black (English Heritage) Pigs, and Alpaca farmers


Southern Downs

QFF CEO Ms Jo Sheppard said agritourism helped to connect city communities to regional communities, builds a bridge between country and city, grows an understanding of food production and an understanding of the agricultural sector more broadly.

“Congratulations to the successful grant recipients. I commend these farmers on the work they are doing to develop their own enterprises and to contribute to Queensland’s agritourism industry,” Ms Sheppard said.

Mr Furner said a series of agritourism development workshops had also been conducted under this initiative, making a real difference to farmers on how they approach the tourism part of their agritourism business, and to understand what resources are available to them.

“In 2020 the Palaszczuk Government established a $2 million agribusiness diversification project as part of the Unite and Recover: Economic Recovery Plan, to build capability and explore potential diversification opportunities in agricultural businesses,” he said.

“QFF identified agritourism as a key diversification mechanism for agribusinesses and with DAF’s assistance, partnered with agritourism specialists Regionality Pty Ltd to develop the Queensland Agritourism Roadmap that identified barriers to and opportunities for agritourism growth across the state.” 

For more information visit www.daf.qld.gov.au or www.qff.org.au

Photo Above by: Andrea Maverick from Pixabay

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities

The Honourable Mark Furner


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