Wednesday, 27 May 2020
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$1.8M grant to $6.9M luxury tourism retreat

Plans for a luxury tourism resort on a property outside Beechmont were given a $1.8 million boost on Monday by the State Government.

Tourism Development Minister Kate Jones said the project on the 75-acre polo and Wagyu beef property known as Hazelwood Estate would receive the money through the Attracting Tourism Fund. 

The new $6.9 million resort will 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. 

It is expected to be open for business in early 2021 and is aimed at attracting an extra 18,000 tourists annually. The property is located between the village of Beechmont and Binna Burra. 

Hazelwood Estate managing director Claire Burman described the new retreat as a ‘unique tourism product’. 

“Hazelwood will showcase the best regional Queensland has to offer, all in one place, while being so close to the major tourism gateways of Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” she said. 

“We are delighted that Hazelwood Estate will be able provide luxury accommodation to support visitation of Lamington National Park, especially while the Beechmont and Binna Burra communities recover and rebuild after the bushfires. 

“We look forward to working alongside our neighbours at Binna Burra Lodge to complement our offerings and attract more visitors to the spectacular Scenic Rim.” 

Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation Kate Jones said Hazelwood was a project like no other. 

“The next generation of tourists want an experience they can’t get anywhere else,” Ms Jones said. 

“The Scenic Rim is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This project will combine the natural beauty of the Scenic Rim with a unique food experience.”