A new agri-tourism venture is set to showcase the ‘best of everything’ from the region, with a huge produce hall trading seven days a week.
Coolum Beach will become home to one of the largest tourism destinations on the Coast, with Sunshine Coast Council giving development approval to Barns Lane Farm.
The farm will be set across 6.8 hectares and centre around a paddock-to-plate experience.
It will showcase Sunshine Coast goods and connect locals and tourists with the hinterland.
The 2000-square-metre produce hall will trade daily and house more than 50 short- and long-term stallholders.
Barns Lane Farm co-founder and developer Jason Grant says it is a great chance for locals to showcase their wares.
“The produce hall will provide a never-before-seen opportunity for local producers, without being subjected to trading restrictions and weather conditions,” he says. “It will offer multiple connections to the market including selling direct to the public and supplying onsite restaurants and vendors.”
Co-founder Helen Grant says there will be several features at the complex. “It caters to the many tastes and needs of families and foodies,” she says.
“Other attractions include a distillery, brewery, dining, adventure play areas, animal farms, tours, a performance stage and much more.”
Construction will start soon, with the opening set for mid-2023.
Future stages include a 26-room boutique hotel and a 150-seat function venue, ideal for rural destination weddings and events.
- Site size: 6.8 hectares
- More than 170 full-time equivalent jobs expected
- Will connect locals and tourists with the hinterland
- Restaurants and cafes offering paddock-to-plate experience
- More than three hectares of productive garden beds and orchards
- 2000-square-metre seasonal produce hall with 50 short- and long-term stallholders
- ‘Dirt Lab’ agri-tech incubator
- Events centre and boutique accommodation
- Music and arts space
- Distillery and brewery