Kooralbyn Airstrip runway, 2011
|Population||1,725 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Scenic Rim Region|
|State electorate(s)||Scenic Rim|
Kooralbyn is a locality in the Scenic Rim local government area in Queensland, Australia. It is approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi) south-west of Beaudesert, itself some 64 kilometres (40 mi) south of Brisbane in South East Queensland, and 56 kilometres (35 mi) west of Queensland's Gold Coast. Kooralbyn is situated at the southern end of the Teviot Range.
At the 2016 Australian Census, Kooralbyn recorded a population of 1,725 people. Kooralbyn is commonly referred to as the Valley by its residents due to the former name Kooralbyn Valley. The town consists of a shopping complex (with real estate, fuel, groceries and other conveniences), a hotel, an 18-hole golf course, polo fields, an airstrip, a light commercial area, mini golf, tennis, self-contained accommodation(?), The Kooralbyn International School, and other facilities.
Kooralbyn is a Yugambeh word meaning "the place of the copperhead snake. 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.
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. In June 2014 Peter Huang, founder of the Yong Real Estate group, settled on the purchase of the Kooralbyn Resort.. Which he then went on to dedicating time and money towards updating the facilities and renovating the rooms to a modern standard before the resort was re-opened in mid 2016.
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- "Mobile Library" (PDF). Scenic Rim Regional Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
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