We were having a fantastic weekend around Mount Barney, and not ready to end it just yet. So we decided to explore a bit the Scenic Rim Wine Trail on our way back to Brisbane. We chose to stop at Kooroomba as we were intrigued by the description on the brochure. We don’t often get to experience a lavender farm in Brisbane!
With a lavender farm in the vineyard, they promise a taste of French Provence on the Scenic Rim.
So we were excited to get this opportunity at a Brisbane Lavender Farm, and it didn’t disappoint. It ended up being the perfect destination to close the bracket of our great gateway to Mount Barney. We loved the views of the many peaks of the Scenic Rim region (easy to identify with the PeakFinder app). The extra special touch of lavender created a unique atmosphere.
With some vines in the background, we could have felt in Provence – if it wasn’t for the kangaroo jumping around.
The Lavender Farm offers fantastic photo opportunities and you’ll get a chance to buy products directly from the producer. But there aren’t the only reasons to go there. There are also food and wine tasting experiences awaiting at Kooroomba Lavender Farm.
What’s on the menu at the Lavender Farm
On our first visit, the sophisticated menu was a great surprise with plenty of choices full of originality. We all had to try in each other’s plates as we were intrigued by what we were eating and discovering new tastes. We were pleased to see many local produce featured.
I loved how we could find the lavender in the menu too: in the Lavender tea smoked confit duck leg or the Backed potato with lavender honey mustard seed dressing for eample.
I was utterly charmed, and I will visit again. If you’re looking for a romantic place near Brisbane for a lunch date, this could be the one.
The food was delicious and well presented, in such a lovely setting – what else could we ask for?
They only had a risotto and a soup as vegetarian options when we last visited, but offered many gluten free options.
The wine tasting experience at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm
They have grapes growing on the property, but they don’t use it to make their wine. After visiting the Granite Belt and Mount Tamborine wineries, we were happy to try other local wines in Queensland. Although I won’t put them at the top of my list of favourite wines, they were easy to drink.
But we found the wine tasting experience a bit too quick. We could only try four wines, and we regretted the lack of expertise and passion from the staff.
However, it was perfect to kill time as we were waiting for a table at the restaurant. They get busy during weekends, so it’s better to make a booking if you plan your visit in advance.
When is the best time to visit a lavender farm in Brisbane?
The best time to visit a Brisbane Lavender Farm is from May to October. That’s when lavender usually blooms, so the fields should be very pretty at this season!
But it’s still worth going to Kooroomba Vineyards outside this season. They have six different varieties of lavender including one from France that flowers all year round. Plus, whatever the season, the food is delicious and the views stay beautiful.
Make sure you always call to check if they are open before visiting. Weekends can be very busy and they sometimes close for events – it’s a popular wedding spot!
Where in the Scenic Rim is Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm?
Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm is located in Mount Alford on the Scenic Rim. It takes just over 1 hour to drive there from Brisbane.
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Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.