Workshop aims to help B&Bs, farmstays thrive

Published on 30 January 2019



$45 PP includes lunch
Bookings essential as places are limited. Contact 5593 7100 or

If you want to claim a share in the $1 billion that visitors spend annually on overnight stays in the Great Ocean Road region, starting up a bed and breakfast or farmstay might be for you.

Corangamite Shire will hold a day-long workshop on Wednesday 20 February at Heytesbury House, Cobden, for people interested in setting up a hosted accommodation business in the Shire.

Mayor Neil Trotter said setting up a tourism accommodation business was one way some residents could diversify their income.

“You don’t need a big operation worth millions of dollars to start a tourism business, but it does take investment and some risk, so people need to do their research.

“This workshop will help people make an informed decision about whether this is the business for them, and give them some basic knowledge to get started.”

Cr Trotter said nurturing successful bed and breakfasts would give the region’s visitors the opportunity to stay longer, explore more of the Shire, and spend at local businesses.

Farmstays were growing in popularity as city dwellers sought first-hand experience of life on the land, potentially providing a secondary income for farmers, he said.

“The workshop will help people understand the market, the opportunities that exist, what makes a successful business and marketing tips to get your business started.

Heytesbury House owners Andrew and Kathryn Stubbings will share their knowledge and experiences.

Representatives from Corangamite Shire’s Growth and Engagement, Environmental Health, Planning and Building departments will provide information about the considerations when setting up short stay accommodation, and what permits and approvals required.

The cost is $45 per person, including lunch, and bookings are essential.

For more information, or to book your place, contact Economic Development & Events Officer Tammy Young on 5593 7100 or by email at