Kooralbyn Tourist Information

Visitor Information for Kooralbyn in the Scenic Rim

Aerial photo of the Kooralbyn Valley Scenic Rim

Another popular tourist destination in the Scenic Rim region is the rural town of Kooralbyn.

Conveniently situated within a 25-minute drive from Beaudesert, Kooralbyn strikes a perfect balance between seclusion and accessibility, making it an ideal retreat from the daily hustle.

The name "Kooralbyn" originates from the Yugambeh language, translating to "the place of the copperhead snake," symbolizing its rich Indigenous heritage.

As of the 2022 Estimated Resident Population, Beaudesert - Kooralbyn and District boasts a population of approximately 9,242 residents.


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A Brief History of Kooralbyn

The history of Kooralbyn traces back to European settlement in the 1830s, initially driven by the timber industry. However, the town's transformative period unfolded during the 1840s when pastoralists arrived, seeking fertile lands for cattle grazing.

This era marked Kooralbyn's emergence as a significant agricultural hub, a legacy continuing through its thriving equine industry.

A pivotal moment in Kooralbyn's history occurred with the establishment of the International Secondary College in 1985, catering to both local and international students. This, coupled with the inception of the Kooralbyn Valley golf course resort in 1979, propelled the town into a new era of tourism and residential growth.

While there were ambitious plans for extensive expansion, economic realities led to a period of reassessment and restructuring.

Presently, Kooralbyn strives to maintain a balance by preserving its agricultural heritage while fostering an intimate, community-oriented atmosphere.


Local Amenities

Despite its agricultural roots, Kooralbyn today offers a delightful fusion of rural charm and contemporary amenities.

The town's central business district boasts a lively local shopping centre, housing essential services such as a doctor's clinic, chemist, Foodworks supermarket, cafe, takeaway options, pub, and a service station—catering to daily needs.

For educational opportunities, Kooralbyn is home to the International School, providing a unique learning environment. Moreover, ongoing renovations at the Kooralbyn Resort and the refurbishment of the prestigious Kooralbyn Golf Course ensure continued leisure options for residents and visitors alike.

For a broader selection of shops, supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths, specialty stores, and additional schools, the neighbouring town of Beaudesert is just a short 20-minute drive away.

This proximity offers residents further choices while maintaining the tranquillity and charm of Kooralbyn's rural setting.


Kooralbyn Local Attractions

✓ Bushwalks and Hikes in National Parks.
 Climb Mount Barney, Mount Maroon, or Mount Lindesay.
✓ 4WD and mountain biking trails.
 Fishing at Lake Wyaralong.
 Beaudesert and Kooralbyn markets.


Kooralbyn offers plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

You can embark on hikes in national parks and head to the summits of Mount Barney, Mount Maroon, or Mount Lindesay for panoramic views.

Navigate challenging 4WD and mountain biking trails or engage in fishing at the serene waters of Lake Wyaralong, renowned as a fisherman's paradise.



Cultural experiences await those interested in exploring the local art gallery, museum, and cultural centre. Discover unique handcrafted items at the bustling Beaudesert and Kooralbyn markets or indulge in learning the art of cheesemaking at Towri Sheep Cheeses.



Food enthusiasts can relish delicious meals at charming country pubs and cafes, sample local produce at The Scenic Rim Farmers Market, or savour a fine dining experience at The Overflow Estate 1895 winery and restaurant - See a complete list of Scenic Rim wineries & breweries here.



Kooralbyn also caters to those seeking relaxation. Tee off at the renowned Kooralbyn Golf Course, unwind in luxurious spas, or simply immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings.


Visit The Area

Kooralbyn encapsulates the essence of a hidden gem within the heart of the Scenic Rim, offering something for everyone. Come and discover Kooralbyn—a place to relax, rejuvenate, and forge lasting memories amidst the natural beauty of the Scenic Rim.


Cottage Accommodation Kooralbyn 

Whether you're a seasoned traveller seeking adventure or a family seeking a relaxing escape, the rural paradise of Kooralbyn offers one of many memorable experiences the Scenic Rim.

Milford Country Cottages is located 63km away from Kooralbyn which is about a 50-minute drive via Boonah Rathdowney Rd (State Route 90) - View Google Map.

Book your stay at our authentic country cottage-style accommodation by contacting your hosts John & Lyn McLean on 0434 621 902 or click here to book online.




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