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Kooralbyn Airstrip runway, 2011
|Population||1,372 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Scenic Rim Region|
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 2011 Australian Census Kooralbyn recorded a population of 1,372 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, 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.
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 Youg Real Estate group, settled on the purchase of the Kooralbyn Resort.
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