Farmers open their properties to tourists as the drought rolls on

Posted December 05, 2018 07:10:46

Photo: Greg Newell musters cattle at Linga Longa which also provides farm stays through Airbnb. (Supplied: Airbnb)

Tourists are being encouraged to head to a drought-affected area for a holiday as some farmers diversify their operations and open their properties for farm stays.

Despite heavy rainfall in Sydney in recent weeks, many parts of New South Wales are still suffering through the drought, prompting farmers to look for new ways to alleviate financial pressures.

For beef farmers Greg and Lauren Newell from Linga Longa, near Taree on the NSW mid north coast, a renovated cottage rented out on Airbnb has become an important income stream.

Photo: Greg and Lauren Newell at the cottage they rent out on Airbnb. (Supplied: Airbnb)

“The Airbnb has been a saviour for us, to be honest, it’s fantastic,” Mr Newell said.