Rural WA farmstays: Grab a bit of farm charm

by Lisa Quartermain

SCHOOL’S out — and so are expensive holidays.

While many cash-strapped families will stay at home this mid-term winter break, there is an alternative that is rich in experience, but not so taxing on the family budget.

Farmstays offer refreshing winter getaways for city dwellers and more importantly they can liberate children confined by busy urban constraints, shrinking backyards and a compulsion for computers.

Farmstays have health benefits for children, too, Nature Play WA chief executive Griffin Longley says.

“Encouraging children to get involved in farming activities, get muddy and explore with freedom can help to stimulate their immune system as well as their imagination, all while building their confidence and resilience,” he says.

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