Drought distraction

By Country News

NSW graziers who took a risk in building luxury accommodation on their property, in the middle of the crippling drought, have been rewarded with an influx of bookings.

Faraway Domes launched to the public in November last year and in the past three months, weekend occupancy rates have climbed to 95 per cent.

So far, guests have come from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, and local areas. There has also been international interest with bookings from Canada, China, the United States and Switzerland.

Owners Jaime and Belinda Munsie built Faraway Domes alongside their family home last year to help to diversify their 2000ha mixed farming business.

The property, Willunga, is located between Inverell, Goondiwindi and Moree and has suffered under the driest conditions in 100 years.

‘‘It’s been so rewarding to see how many people want to travel to outback Australia and experience what we have to offer, while enjoying first-class comfort,’’ Mrs Munsie said.

‘‘It’s been a tough couple of years on our property, but this personal project has provided a much-needed distraction while we wait out the drought.’’