Kooralbyn lies in the Australia's Gold Coast hinterland, approximately 20 km south-west of Beaudesert, itself some 64 km south of Brisbane in South East Queensland, and 56 km west from Queensland's Gold Coast. It is part of the Scenic Rim local government area.
First European settlement in the area can be traced back to the 1830s when southern timber millers sought the quality hardwoods of the lower valleys. It was not until Australia's first major land booms in the 1840s that free settler pastoralists migrated to the region. Kooralbyn subsequently became one of the region's most significant pastoral estates, the land used largely for cattle grazing.
Kooralbyn, commonly referred to as "The Valley" by its residents (due to the former name "Kooralbyn Valley") is home to more kangaroos than people. The residential streets, avenues, courts and roads wind around the undulating terrain and usually end up at a water tower.
The town consists of a shopping complex (with real estate, fuel, groceries and other conveniences), 4.5-star international hotel, 18-hole championship golf course, world-class polo fields, an airstrip, a light commercial area, an indoor ski field (year-round, under development at the time of writing), mini golf, tennis, self-contained accommodation, The Kooralbyn International School, and other facilities.
In 1979 work began on a resort that featured a diverse range of recreational facilities. 55 hillside holiday houses were completed in 1982 and designed by Harry Seidler. In 1991 a new hotel was added to the resort. In July 2008 the resort and golf course closed and went into liquidation.
- "Hillside Housing". Kooralbyn, Queensland: Harry Seidler and Associates. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- "Kooralbyn resort and golf course go into liquidation". Courier Mail (Queensland Newspapers). 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-15.[dead link]
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