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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Hazelwood Estate Is the New Scenic Rim Retreat with Cabins and a Cocktail Bar on a 75-Acre Farm

The Gold Coast hinterland spot is also home to new restaurant The Paddock, which heroes local produce.
By Sarah Ward
August 31, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
August 31, 2021
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Next time you feel like escaping from it all, soaking in greenery-filled views and spending time next to a national park, you don't have to forgo trips to the bar to sip cocktails, too. Opening on Wednesday, September 1 in Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland, and neighbouring Lamington National Park, Hazelwood Estate is the new Scenic Rim spot that combines cosy comforts — think: cabins with fireplaces and private verandahs — with an onsite lounge, restaurant and bar.

If it's countryside bliss that you're after, the retreat is located on a 75-acre wagyu and polo farm. Hills stretch out in the background through Beechmont and Binna Burra, providing picturesque surroundings — and to even get into the estate, you need to enter a passcode at the gate.

Sleep-wise, guests can choose between 17 king farm cabins or three luxury pavilions, with the former including rain showers and the latter decked out with freestanding baths. Whichever you pick, you won't have much company around the place, with only 44 guests accommodated in total.

When it comes to grabbing a bite and a beverage, Hazelwood Estate is home to The Paddock restaurant, which boasts Cameron Matthews (ex-Spicers Group) as chef-in-residence. Showcasing local products, including from the venue's own market garden and beehives, is the big focus here. The food menu spans dishes such as beef tartare, camel milk gnocchi with brown butter and coal-grilled beef with salt baked potato — and for breakfast, there's a farmer's platter that comes with black pudding pancakes, red onion jam and lardo.

The Paddock also features the estate's cocktail bar, which spills out onto a terrace with views out over the valley — and serves up drinks that hero seasonal ingredients. Or, you can choose from sommelier Luis Buchan's wine list, with Australian and European drops getting pride of place. Aussie beers are also on offer, including an exclusive New England-style lager from Victorian craft brewery Edge Brewing Project that's only available onsite.

Also part of the Hazelwood Estate spread: The Club House, as decked out in lounges for lazing around by the fireplace; Spa by Hazelwood, should you be hankering for a facial, massage, scrub or wrap; and a range of activities such as wagyu tastings, market garden tours, horse rides and guided bushwalks.

Unsurprisingly, you'll be treating yo'self if this sounds like your idea of a scenic and relaxing vacation, with cabins starting at $699 per night for two people.

Find Hazelwood Estate at 422 Binna Burra Road, Beechmont. For bookings and further information, head to the resort's website.

Published on August 31, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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