Are you thinking of a tree-change or sea-change?  Want introduce your kids to a bit of farm life?  Show them how things are grown?

Hastings Landcare Farm Gate Tour on 10-12 June is a unique insight into country life with 12 properties opening, produce tastings and animals to feed.

Explore the backroads of the Hastings Valley food bowl with its oysters, bees, sheep, pigs, beef, bushfoods and much more, all opening their gates to the public.  An initiative of Hastings Landcare, visitors self-drive to the properties, meet the farmers and land custodians and learn about what they produce. Most of the properties offer tours at set times over the three days, so you can tailor your own programme.

  • Barbushco Tour
  • This annual event offers a unique insight into rural living, local foods and sustainable lifestyles. Farmers and lovers of the great outdoors will have the opportunity to visit a nature conservation area, get ideas about sustainable agriculture and see how the farms are worked.
    The 2017 Farm Gate Tour  stretches from Maria River and the oyster beds of Port Macquarie’s north shore to Lorne, the Bulga Plateau and Yarras, just below the Walcha range.

The event offers so much to anyone wanting to explore the beautiful Greater Port Macquarie area, anyone contemplating a tree change or already on the land and is also perfect for people who want to learn how food is grown and a great day out for children. Most of the farms opening are not usually open to the public, allowing visitors a unique experience.


  • Ellenborough Falls
  • Tour highlights include a farm very close to the stunning Ellenborough Waterfall which, one of the highest single drop falls in the Southern Hemisphere is a ‘must see’ if in the area. There is an opportunity to visit a communally owned farm, to eat a meal in a field and to learn about the flavours of Australia’s own bushfoods amongst much else.

Event Information

  • 10th - 12th June 2017
  • The cost to attend is $30 which includes a self-guide booklet with property information, tour schedules, maps and travel times.

  • The booklet is available online here or to collect at Port Macquarie’s Visitor Information Centre (Glasshouse, 4/13 Hay Street, Port Macquarie), Hastings Landcare (44a Cameron Street, Wauchope) and Ecowild Health Foods (21B High Street, Wauchope)

Port Macquarie is on the Mid North Coast of NSW, four hours’ drive from Sydney. It is a gorgeous foodie destination with over 80 producers, 7 wineries, 3 boutique breweries and award-winning restaurants and cafes.

For more information click here  or contact Hastings Landcare on (02) 6585 4465 or 0427 864 465.

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