Farmers are cashing in on the agritourism trend by offering private camping through Hipcamp | The daily leader of the North


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FARMERS are taking advantage of the domestic tourism boom and diversifying their income by offering their property for camping. The Hipcamp website has seen the number of landowners offering their property to private campers double in the last 18 months to more than 2,000, the vast majority of them being farms, hobby farms or blocks of lifestyle. Registered campers on the site tripled to more than 150,000, who collectively performed 4.2 million searches and spent nearly 140,000 nights at a Hipcamp host’s property in 2021, a 60% increase from compared to the previous year. Hipcamp spokesman James Jooste said the domestic travel trend will only grow in the coming years as COVID-related question marks hang over international vacations. Also read: “What we’re seeing as a COVID rebound is that more campers than ever want to get away from the city, get away from their screens, get away from their phones, and completely unplug from home. ‘outside,’ Mr. Jooste said. On average, Hipcamp hosts earn around $10,000 a year, with some earning over six figures. “It depended on how much effort the landowners put into their site – it could be as simple as a nice spot for self-contained motorhomes,” Mr Jooste said. Some of the properties on Hipcamp offer unique agritourism exercises, such as buying fresh eggs, feeding livestock, permaculture and organic farming workshops, and horseback riding. “We find that farmers often make the best tour guides because they know and love their area, and are passionate about sharing,” Jooste said. There is no registration fee for Hipcamp, which covers insurance and a host support team, while taking a commission from each booking. Lucy Shepherd has been using Hipcamp for a year, with hundreds of people visiting her property near Eungai on the NSW North Coast. “It was absolutely brilliant, it attracts the right type of clientele who want to be in nature,” Ms Shepherd said. “Hipcamp takes a lot of the workload, they take care of the money, the reservations, the cancellations, the insurance. It gives you the platform just to be the host.” If someone doesn’t ‘ve never run a business before, having someone to coordinate you and hold your hand is a really great setup.” Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access to our trusted content:

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