Beaudesert and Kooralbyn

The Scenic Rim’s business centre offers visitors city conveniences with a country feel. This district has a rich agricultural heritage and remains a hub for equine and farming pursuits.

Beaudesert

Beaudesert is a vibrant business centre, home to more than 5000 people and growing every day.

Like many other parts of the Scenic Rim, Beaudesert was built on the back of rural production, home to successful dairies, timber mills, beef studs and horticulture. It is also well-known for its impressive array of local equine pursuits. Farming continues today, although the town of Beaudesert has also welcomed a new generation of residents attracted by a simpler life than city living can offer.

Once you’ve had a look around the town and refreshed yourself with a meal at one of the local cafes, pubs or clubs, jump in your car and head east. Further down the road and you’ll cross Christmas Creek, drive past the tiny Darlington School and enter the incredible Lost World Valley. As far as names go, this one’s pretty accurate.

The ancient trees which line the road begin to close in on you. The dramatic Razorback Mountain towers in the distance, and the road narrows as you head into this magical lost world. Then the vista opens up to reveal the lush, green valley, welcome to the wilderness end of the Lamington National Park. Lost World is a hidden plateau, a green shelf on Razorback Mountain, originally discovered by the O’Reilly family.

There are a number of accommodation options to choose from. You can take in a cooking class using the native produce or swim in the chill, pristine rock pools, let the natural creek spa soothe your joints after a long bushwalk. Hear the call of native birds amid an unforgettable backdrop.

Kooralbyn

Kooralbyn, whose colourful aboriginal name means The Place of the Copperhead Snake, is situated 22km from the town of Beaudesert.

It was one of the great pastoral properties of the region for well over 100 years, and its history can be traced back to the 1840s. Its original settler was John ‘Tinker’ Campbell. The valley is a unique, leisure-oriented community estate development, combining golf, horse riding and other recreational pursuits with a semi-rural lifestyle.

Kooralbyn has a general store, service station, mechanical repair business, real estate agents, as well as a number other businesses.

Beaudesert and Kooralbyn

Things to do

  • Go for a leisurely drive down the country roads, where will you end up?
  • Soak up the atmosphere of real country town pubs
  • Grab a Beaudesert Blue Pumpkin for soup or scones
  • Visit St Mary’s Church in Beaudesert, one of the largest timber churches in Australia
  • Learn about local history at the museum
  • Admire the strapping thoroughbreds stabled in local paddocks and first-class equestrian complexes
  • Experience country racing
  • Stock up on quality local craftwork at a weekend market
  • Learn to cook with wild produce
  • Explore on horseback, crack a stock whip, sing songs by the campfire, and dine on damper and billy tea