Revealed: Unique location of Qld’s only tourist Christmas tree farm
Stanthorpe’s Katrina Fraser has the dream job running a Winter Wonderland to beat them all – the Stanthorpe Christmas Tree Farm.
Since 2014, Mrs Fraser and her husband along with a team of full-time staff members have cultivated the tree farm and grow about 15,000 Christmas trees every year, bringing joy to countless families during the most wonderful time of the year.
Mrs Fraser said the idea to run a Christmas tree farm started from “humble beginnings”.
Not wanting to return to full-time work and having to put her daughter into daycare, the Fraser family moved from their cattle station out west and bought what used to be an apple farm, and transformed it into a festive haven.
“We just had to be spontaneous with what we could produce on 20 acres of land, and in the wine region,” she said.
“We thought why not a Christmas farm?”
Aside from the rows of trees on offer, the farm also includes the Mistletoe Store which houses bespoke, one-of-a-kind Christmas decor sourced from overseas.
Mrs Fraser said surprisingly consistent traffic comes through the farm all the way throughout the year.
“People find that surprising but because we are located in Stanthorpe if people are out here they do their Christmas shopping then,” she said.
“The three months in winter are busy for ‘Christmas in July’ and from September it’s just flat out.
“Obviously December is crazy.”
For the first time in years the farm will be unable to hold the usual Christmas festivals due to the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped business from booming.
90 per cent of their customer base are day-trippers from Toowoomba and Brisbane, but they also receive busloads of families and visitors from Hervey Bay, Ballina, Lennox, and Byron Bay.
For three months after the Christmas rush, the farm will be closed for renovations where a new cafe will be built where visitors can watch Belgian chocolate made before their eyes.
Mrs Fraser said nothing beats the feeling of knowing you’ve brought some Christmas cheer into the lives of those who need it.
“It’s pretty special to be able to pick your own tree,” she said.
“It is a lot of hard work to grow Christmas trees, some families are going to have beautiful presents underneath and it gets a lot of love in their homes.
“It’s a real touching experience.”
Originally published as Revealed: Unique location of Qld’s only tourist Christmas tree farm