Plans unveiled for $6.9m eco venue in Gold Coast hinterland

Plans have been unveiled for a new eco-tourism project in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The Queensland Government will partner with Hazelwood Estate through its Attracting Tourism Fund to deliver the $6.9 million project, which includes accommodation, a wagyu cellar door and a day spa.

The plans include three eco-friendly luxury farm cottages and 17 safari-style tents enabling up to 40 guests to stay in addition to the existing homestead and guesthouse accommodation which can sleep 12 guests.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the project was a sign of recovery after the devastation caused to the tourism sector by Covid-19.

“We must forge ahead with projects like this to create jobs and really drive our economy recovery,” she told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“The coronavirus pandemic is only one of a number of blows to locals in this region — who also battled bushfires in recent months.

“The flow-on effect of projects like these is massive — once it’s up and running, Hazelwood Estate will give a huge boost to the local economy in the hinterland.”

Hazelwood Estate is expected to bring an extra 18,000 tourists a year to the hinterland, attracted by “an experience they can’t get anywhere else”.

“This project will combine the natural beauty of the Scenic Rim with a unique food experience,” Jones said.

Hazelwood Estate managing director Claire Burman said they would partner with Queensland farmers “to deliver its authentic on-farm paddock-to-plate offering through its wagyu Cellar Door”.

“Hazelwood’s experiential offerings have been designed to provide a true escape from modern city life, offering visitors genuine rural experiences, through a curated calendar of events, activities and workshops covering topics such as beekeeping, permaculture, horse riding, cooking and other creative pursuits,” she said.