Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tours on June 9,10 and 11 | photos

It’s time to get the wellies on and experience rural life at the ever-popular Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tours this weekend. 

The farm gates will be thrown open to the public between June 9-11.

The Farm Gate Tour is a self-drive program covering the greater Hastings, Port Macquarie and Camden Haven regions, with 12 properties running tours at set times over the June long weekend. 

“The tour gives people the chance to meet the farmers, learn about food production, see Landcare initiatives and be a part of the local food movement,” said local Landcare co-ordinator, Stephen Allwood.

“Suitable for all ages and diverse interests, the Farm Gate Tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit farms and properties not usually open to the public.” 

The farmers and land custodians will take visitors on a tour of their property highlighting production methods, conservation initiatives and unique aspects of their property.

The tours provide opportunities to walk among farm animals, crops and conservation areas.

Stretching from the oyster farms of the Hastings River to the lush grazing valleys of the Wauchope hinterland, the Farm Gate Tour is a must-do exploration of the greater Hastings region.

Farm opening times and details are provided in a booklet available for purchase from the Port Macquarie Information Centre at the Glasshouse, Hastings Landcare, EcoWild or online at hastingslandcare.org.au

The price is $30 for one booklet per carload/family which also becomes your entry ticket to each farm. 

Hastings Landcare is partnering with the 2018 Hello Koalas Festival which is hosting events in Port Macquarie over the long weekend.

Events include the Hello Koalas Festival Cars and Coffee Meet with music and koala face-painting at Douglas Vale Vineyard in Port Macquarie.

The Hastings Co-op and Foreshore Markets are also supporting the Farm Gate Tours this year. You can find some great local produce at the market on Saturday between 8am and 1pm on Westport Park.

There will also be a special exhibition of Hello Koalas sculptures and artwork by Hello Koalas artists at the market.