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Beechmont Estate, Gold Coast raises the bar for country escapes

The hills of the Gold Coast hinterland are a perfect pastoral backdrop for Beechmont Estate’s breed of holiday. Put your feet up and enjoy the country air with a cocktail or two, or lace up your boots and hit the trails of the Scenic Rim. There’s equal parts bliss to enjoy and backcountry to explore. Either way, at the end of the day, a locally sourced degustation awaits.

Traveller: Lisa Perkovic
Room: Hinterland View Cabin
Address: 422 Binna Burra Rd, Beechmont, QLD
Date: October, 2023
Best for: hideaways in the hinterland, with top-notch fine dining

The Signature factor

The setting is relaxed, but get ready to fire up your senses. Dishes coming out of the kitchen will get your taste buds jumping. Peek inside and you’ll spot the portable open flame grill rolled between cooking stations – it’s used to grill meats but also to smoke vegetables and bread. You can almost taste the creativity in each dish.

The concept

Life at Beechmont Estate centres around The Paddock. Home to a well-stocked cocktail bar, wing back armchairs and the dining tables, it’s the hub of this operation and feels like the epitome of ‘modern barn living’ – part warehouse-style loft with high ceilings and honed concrete floor, part safari lodge, with dramatic equine photography and floor to ceiling cathedral glass windows. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, countless wedding receptions, a casual afternoon by the fireplace with a book or a board game, wine tasting, cocktail making – it all takes place here. Back in the day, you’d look across to the polo fields, where the former owner conducted training and held matches. Today, it’s a pretty backdrop for sunsets.

First impressions

Time seems to slow as soon as we enter the grand gates. The main lodge sits at the top of a meandering drive through the hills. We cruise past lush green paddocks and trimmed hedges. The first guest cabins appear on the right; prettily arranged down the slope to offer uninterrupted pastoral views. There’s no buzz of lawnmowers or other cars on the road. My pulse slows at about the same speed as our car and it doesn’t pick up again until we’re back out in the world.

Beechmont Cabins

Hinterland View Cabins perch over the far side of the hills, looking straight down onto pastures. They’re best enjoyed with the curtains and balcony door wide open. Let in the sunshine and enjoy the sounds of the local bird life and the occasional moo of the cows next door. With a king bed, ensuite and a perfectly sized pot belly fireplace with wood supplied each night, it gets cosy very quickly. In spring and summer, a coffee on the balcony in the sunshine is pure bliss. Just like the kitchen, the mini-bar is well-stocked with locally sourced beers, wine and treats. Enjoy them at an additional cost.

Hinterland View Cabin at Beechmont Estate
Hinterland View Cabin at Beechmont Estate

Luxury Pavilions

There are just three Luxury Pavilions perched on their own hillside at Beechmont Estate. Double the footprint of the Beechmont Cabins, they have a separate living area, oversized balcony, and most importantly, a tub built for afternoon soaks. Even better, soon guests will be able to book the Owner’s Residence – four bedrooms, two bathrooms, full size dining, kitchen, floating fireplace, and one seriously stunning infinity pool; it’s perfect for extra special occasions.

Luxury Pavilion bathroom
Luxury Pavilion bathroom

The Paddock restaurant

The Paddock restaurant puts the entire region on your plate – if you’ll let it! This chef-hatted restaurant has a reputation for flawless, well finessed fare that puts the produce front and centre. The kitchen team has a zero-waste ethos and a strong commitment to relationships with local farmers and suppliers. On a kitchen garden tour, the team are just as excited about scented geranium citronella in the garden beds as a hero piece of local wagyu, as they know each dish is the sum of its parts. Every ingredient has a part to play in a meal that’s a story about the Scenic Rim as much as a journey for your taste buds. Settle in for The Paddock Table, a four-course tasting menu selected by the chefs based on the best produce at the time, and you won’t be disappointed. Think coral trout with smoked beurre blanc, grilled Sweetwater Cray with Brandade croquette, and local plum with pistachio frangipane for dessert.

The Paddock restaurant puts flavours of The Scenic Rim on your plate
The Paddock puts flavours of The Scenic Rim on your plate © @theeditsuite
Casual spaces at The Paddock restaurant
Casual spaces at The Paddock restaurant

I wish I could take home…

Reusable Salus body products in the bathroom are a nod to sustainability and self-care that I’m happy to indulge in. They can’t come home with me but I’m happy to do an extra hair wash to soak up as much as I can.

Spa life

You’ll find the Beechmont Estate Spa just down the path from the main lodge, and every time you walk past to your cabin you’ll wish you were enjoying a treatment looking out over the farmlands. The team have curated a treatment menu that nods to the surroundings – settle in for a relaxation massage with Australian essential oils and body scrubs made from local ingredients. Take your pampering to the next level with an organic facial using European Eminence Organic Skin Care.

Staying in

Stretch your legs and hop on one of the free electric bikes – explore the 30-hectare property, or zip up to The Clubhouse, where you can play billiards, watch TV or sit on the terrace overlooking the polo. Keep things even more mellow with a masterclass in cocktail making, where the bartenders will teach you how to whip up three classic cocktails. They’ll add flair with syrups, dehydrated fruits and salts made from garden herbs and you’ll be taking home a few recipes to replicate.

Stepping out

The Scenic Rim is on your doorstep. You might want to wake up early for a bird’s eye view in a hot air balloon or up the adrenalin with a paragliding lesson or a zip line adventure. Or step out on a 2, 3, 7, or even 20km hike in the Lamington National Park. Half an hour’s drive away, the town of Canungra has a small but excellent selection of shops – The Shoe Vault’s wares are 80% European and I challenge anyone to enter My Country Escape without wanting to redecorate.

Insiders’ tips

Lunch is available at The Paddock restaurant, but order a picnic hamper instead and head out on a hike, on property, or in Lamington National Park which is on your doorstep. This is no average picnic spread – a charcuterie board with heirloom carrots, beetroot hummus, and cured meats, hearty steak sandwiches with garlic aioli, and fresh fruit salad with mint and whipped yogurt, will fuel the day.

Order a picnic hamper instead and head out on a hike at
Order a picnic hamper instead and head out on a hike at Beechmont Estate

Rug up

In the hinterlands, even warm days turn to cool nights. Save your summer wardrobe for the Gold Coast beaches and rug up for dinner. With overhead fans and air conditioning, it can get cool in the dining room. Fresh firewood is delivered to your door daily, with matches provided, so you’ll have no trouble getting warm after dinner.

If only…

Breakfast is a feast – but it’s not of your choosing. The Farmers Grazing Table menu changes each day and might include roasted pumpkin and freshly poached eggs, or beetroot and white chocolate loaf, sauteed mushrooms and scrambled eggs. Each dish is excellent, but some guests might appreciate a chance to state a preference rather than leave food on the table.

Where to find Beechmont Estate Gold Coast

Motorways from the coast or Brisbane will get you to Beechmont Estate nice and fast. Check their website for local road closures, but you can’t go wrong once you’re on Binna Burra Road.

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