Creating a show all about exploring our own backyard, we’d like to think we know Queensland pretty well… but when it comes to uncovering those hidden gems off the beaten track, we’re always up for the challenge.
The Scenic Rim village of Kooralbyn is just under an hour-and-a-half south of Brisbane, inland from the Gold Coast. That makes it the perfect distance for a day drive.
On the way you’ll come across the town of Tamrookum, about twenty minutes east of Kooralbyn, and definitely worth a stop. Here, you’ll find 4 Real Milk, one of Queensland’s first robotic dairies.
The point of difference at this dairy is that the cows are actually voluntarily milked. That’s right, they choose when they’re milked, stepping into the milking machines three times a day.
“It’s actually been proven with university research that cows in a robotic dairy become quieter and calmer over time, because they’re not being told what to do by the humans,” says farmer Greg of the dairy. “They’re actually choosing what to do when they want to… so yes, they’re pretty stress-free cows here.”
From here, on to Kooralbyn and a number one must-have on any drive to the country? A hearty lunch, of course!
We recommend Valley Kitchen in the centre of town. Here, Andy Cooper has been running the show since he and his wife stumbled upon the building over five-and-a-half years ago in what he calls serendipity. The vibe is relaxed and casual and the Caesar salad is a must-try!
Up the road is Kooralbyn’s golf course, within Ramada Resort. Here, the likes of famous golfers Adam Scott and Jason Day played in their school years, developing their passion for the sport. It was recently rated number one golf resort course in Queensland, so definitely worth a visit for the keen golfer. Those not so keen on the game will have plenty to do, too, with a polo field in the making, mountain biking tracks, 4WDing, putt putt, and plenty of spots to lounge around and relax.
Kooralbyn also has its very own air strip–part of the reason it was made famous–by the high roller days of the ‘80s. Where else could you fly in on your private plane, play a round of golf or spot of polo and fly right back out again?
So whether you’re a fan of the farm life, a keen golfer, or just looking for a Queensland day drive a little out of the ordinary, be sure to drop into Kooralbyn.