This sixth-generation Scenic Rim dairy farming family has discovered there are more benefits to offering farm stays than they imagined.
The Tommerups, who farm in the Lost World Valley south of Beaudesert, initially offered a farm stay as a way to introduce a new income stream.
But it’s emerged as an important connection between city and country.
Kay and Dave Tommerup farm 200-acres on the Albert River and they offer city visitors a chance to feed animals and see first-hand how milk is produced.
They talk to their guests about how they can ensure the Australian dairy industry remains sustainable.
Since opening at the end of 2011, Kay says there’s barely a weekend when the cottage is empty.
The couple supply milk to Norco and have recently branched into farm-fresh pork, beef, lamb, small good and vegetables.