Discover gorgeous purple blooms on this day trip guide to Kooroomba Lavender Farm Brisbane. We show you where to find gorgeous lavender fields in Brisbane, when to visit, and how to get there.
Ahh lavender! From its soft floral scent and delicate purple hue, everything about lavender is serene, relaxing and romantic. If you’ve ever dreamed of frolicking in fields of purple, you’re in for a treat at the Kooroomba lavender fields Brisbane. Whilst it may not be Provence or the UK, the lavender fields in Brisbane are definitely worth seeking out.
Nestled in the picturesque Fassifern Valley of Mount Alford near the township of Boonah, the Kooroomba Lavender Farm is situated deep in the heart of the Scenic Rim. Located around 60 minutes’ drive from Brisbane and 90 minutes from the Gold Coast, the Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm makes for the perfect day trip.
Framed by the magnificent Scenic Rim mountains, you’ll not only marvel at the row upon row of deep purple, violet and mauve flowers, but also discover a six hectare vineyard, the Kooroomba Restaurant, cellar door, wedding chapel and lavender gift shop.
My day trip guide to the lavender fields of Kooroomba will answer all your questions about visiting this gorgeous lavender farm near Brisbane, including what to do, how to get there, and the best time to visit.
Where is the Kooroomba Lavender Farm Brisbane?
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The Kooroomba Lavender Farm is ideally situated just a 60 minute drive from Brisbane, or a 90 minute drive from the Gold Coast. Located at 168 FM Bells Road in Mount Alford, just a ten minute drive from the nearby town of Boonah, combine your visit to the Karoomba Lavender Farm with a visit to the Scenic Rim Brewery and nearby Moogerah Dam.
How to get to Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm
Located 99 kilometres from Brisbane (116 kilometres from the Gold Coast), the best way to visit the Karoomba Lavender Farm is by car. We recommend renting a car which will give you the flexibility to explore the Scenic Rim lavender fields at your leisure, stay for lunch or enjoy a wine with live music on the outdoor terrace. There is ample parking on site and its easy to combine your visit to the fields with other nearby attractions in the Scenic Rim.
However, if you’re planning to sample some of the delectable wines at Kooroomba vineyard, we would recommend booking a tour or selecting a nominated driver.
The best time to visit Karoomba Lavender Farm
Having been cleverly planted with several different varieties of French and Italian lavender, the Kooroomba lavender fields flower for much of the year. However, if you love lavender and want to see it at its purple-hued best, you really need to schedule your visit for the lavender blooming season – June to October.
You may find that the flowers bloom a little earlier or later than this, depending on the temperatures and rain fall of each Brisbane lavender season. In my opinion, the best time to visit a Brisbane Lavender Farm is during the months of August, September and October, when the flowers are at their peak lavender best.
But, no matter what time of year, the Karoomba Lavender Farm is still worth visiting for its incredible mountain views, delicious food and wine. We visited the Kooroomba Lavender Farm in late September and the flower fields were almost at full bloom. In order to avoid the other day-trippers and tour buses, aim to arrive right on opening (10am) and be sure to have booked your lunch or dinner reservation in advance.
Before visiting, make sure to call ahead or check the Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm website as weekends and holidays tend to be very busy. Plus, they are often closed for private functions, particularly during September through to November – it’s an incredibly popular wedding spot!
Kooroomba Lavender Farm Queensland
Kooroomba Lavender Farm and winery is one of the most photographed locations in the Scenic Rim – framed by scenic mountains and surrounded by budding vines, this is truly a special spot to go in search of lavender. You’ll no doubt enjoy spending time creating your very own insta-worthy pictures, but there’s so much more on offer here too!
Wander the grounds and discover the delightful glass-framed wedding chapel, the rows of ripening vines – and perhaps a kangaroo or two to remind you that you’re not in Provence after all! Head to the outdoor terrace to sample the farm’s signature lavender scones as you enjoy the incredible mountain views and live music (12-4pm Sundays).
Sample a bottle of red at the cellar door before dining at the Kooroomba Restaurant with its panoramic vistas of the Scenic Rim mountains. Round off your visit to the Kooroomba lavender farm by popping into the Lavender Gift Shop to purchase one of the many lavender-inspired spa products including perfume, bubble bath, lip balm, soap and edible offerings such as lavender-infused honey and mustard.
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Karoomba Wine Tasting
Although grapes grow on the property at Kooroomba Winery, only a small amount are actually used in the wines themselves, other grape varieties being sourced from other wineries near Brisbane. The wines offered at the cellar door range from a Chardonnay, Rosé, and Cabernet Sauvignon to a rich berry-flavoured Port.
Wine tasting is limited to four wines and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm.
The Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm Restaurant
The Kooroomba Restaurant offers modern-Australian cuisine in a magnificent setting overlooking the lavender fields with the mountains beyond. We appreciated the use of fresh produce from local suppliers and businesses in the region, and especially loved the use of lavender in many of the dishes: from the Tasmanian salmon with lavender potatoes, and lavender honey glazed Brisbane Valley quail to tasty sides such as steamed greens with lavender butter. And try to leave room for the lavender ice cream with local macadamia crumbs!
Whilst the menu offers a large range of gluten-free and dairy-free options, at the time of visiting (September 2020), there was only one option for vegetarians (mushroom risotto). The Kooroomba Restaurant is open Wednesday to Friday (10.00am to 3.00pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (10.00am to 4.00pm).
Please note due to the current global situation, the restaurant has restrictions on guest numbers and requires advance bookings.
If you are unable to get a reservation at the restaurant, you can always enjoy their signature lavender scones and other light meals, on the outdoor patio area.
Alternatively, you can book your very own picnic basket, complete with blanket, to enjoy out amongst the lavender blooms or vineyard. Consisting of Karoomba wines and fresh-made treats from the chefs at the Kooroomba Restaurant, you’ll need to book your picnic basket at least 48 hours in advance.
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Watch out for the lavender bees!
Just a final word to bee careful (see what I did there!) as the scented lavender fields attract lots of bees. At certain times of the season, the fields are actually moving with all the bees’ activity.
Just be mindful of both the bees and lavender plants as you stroll the lavender rows. Please remember to be a responsible traveller: avoid stepping on the plants or raised garden beds and please refrain from picking any of the lavender flowers.
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