Expansion at Curringa Farm complete

Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly

5 May 2017

Curringa Farm is a leading example of a Tasmanian agri-tourism business that is capitalising on increasing demand for authentic Tasmanian experiences.

It was my pleasure today to open and celebrate the completion of Curringa Farm's most recent expansion.

Curringa Farm received $450,000 from the Federal Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund in 2015/16, administered by the Tasmanian Government.

This funding has enabled the owners to undertake a $1 million expansion of the popular farm-stay and farm tours site at Hamilton, which won gold at the 2016 Tasmanian Tourism Awards and has been inducted into the Tasmanian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.

The expansion includes the addition of five new luxury cottages and a new visitors' reception centre to respond to the growing demand from South East Asia for farm stay experiences.

This will create a significant flow-on effect for other local operators and suppliers from the local stores, hotels and Mount Field National Park, boosting the regional economy and supporting local jobs.

Agri-tourism is a growing market. More and more people want to know the people behind our produce, how it is made, and the stories of people who have a role in the production chain.

In 2016, Curringa Farm saw an increase of 25 per cent of overnight guests and a further 20 per cent in 2017.

The increased capacity has resulted in the employment of one FTE additional staff member, with further employment opportunities to come.

The expansion at Curringa Farm is another investment in tourism in the Central Highlands region and will contribute to the Government's plan to bring 1.5 million visitors to Tasmania each year by 2020.