Located conveniently just one hour south of Brisbane and half an hour inland from the Gold Coast, Kooralbyn thrives on tourism and generates impressive economic growth from visitors to the Scenic Rim. Its population of over 1,700 residents grew impressively following the reopening of the Kooralbyn Resort in 2016, which historically attracted some of Australia’s wealthiest. Following a $10 million renovation, the Kooralbyn Resort, now owned by Wyndham Hotel Group’s Ramada brand, offers a unique rural and eco-friendly experience for families of all ages.
Nestled between two of Queensland’s most populated cities, Kooralbyn attracts growing numbers of tourists who are seeking a relaxing retreat in the beautiful Scenic Rim. While tourism is the most prominent economic indicator for the area, it also has thriving sectors that focus on primary production, freight and logistics.
Over 80 per cent of residents are working fulltime or part time, which is set to increase following the Scenic Rim Council’s tourism strategy that will see the value of tourism grow to $300 million by 2021. With tourism providing 10% of the region’s jobs already, there is no doubt communities like Kooralbyn will generate exceptional growth following the Council’s vision.
With the Mount Lindsay Highway running just past Kooralbyn, the area has a constant flow of visitors, ultimately driving its tourism, economy and real estate industry as more people seek their own slice of scenic paradise.