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Nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Kooralbyn Valley boasts rolling landscapes, fresh waters and bountiful flora and fauna. Kooralbyn was one of the great pastoral properties for well over 100 years. 

In 1973 the idea of the “The Kooralbyn Resort” was born when Sir Peter Abeles and Sir Arthur George acquired the land in concert with other financiers, planners and marketers

Current owner Peter Huang purchased the property in 2013 and invested 10 million dollars in restoring the Resort to its former beauty. The Resort now once again offers dozens of guest activities which can be incorporated into your stay. 

Within a short distance by helicopter you can experience the beauty of the Kooralbyn valley and the beautiful scenic rim with its water falls, lakes and mountainous regions from the air with Pterodactyl Helicopters. Scenic flights, Wine, Beer and Food tours or customise your own.

Enjoy your time at our beautiful piece of paradise.

  • Beer, wine, food

    Food Safari, Helicopter food safari, helifoodsafari, beer, wine, brewery, brisbane brewery, pub crawl, helipubcrawl

    Southeast Queensland’s finest restaurants, quirky cafes, boutique breweries, award winning wineries and authentic Aussie pubs come together in a variety of exhilarating experiences and getting there is half the fun...

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  • For someone special

    Romance, helicopter, valentine, proposal, anniversary, birthday, wedding, bride, groom,proposal

    Whether it’s your partner, mother, father or best friend, nothing says ‘you’re special’ better than one of Pterodactyl Helicopters’ extraordinary experiences …  flying to a hatted-restaurant for lunch … landing...

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  • Adrenalin

    Joy Flight

    Do you want to push the envelope? Well we have a number of attractions that will satisfy your need, the need for speed. You can dog fight in a WWII Aircraft, drive a V8 supercar, jump out of an Airplane, play commando at...

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  • I’m a celebrity

    Romance, Wine Tour, Country Pubs, Brisbane Celebrity, Brisbane helicopters

    … get me there! Feel like being treated like a celebrity? There’s no better way to make an entrance at your next function or event than arriving in a helicopter. It’ll blow the fans away!..

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  • Weddings

    wedding by helicopter, brisbane wedding, celebrity,

    Add that extra wow factor to your wedding and arrive by helicopter. We offer helicopter and limousine transfers for the bride or full bridal party. Your dream wedding just soared to new heights...

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  • Bring your friends

    Corporate events by helicopter

    Looking to do something different for the office Christmas Party?  Need to impress some special clients? A special celebration with friends and family? At Pterodactyl Helicopters we can cater for groups up to 50 people based...

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  • Scenic and Joy flights

    Low level, Brisbane helicopter adventure

    If you just want a taste of what it’s like to fly in a helicopter then one of our scenic joy flights is perfect for you. You’ll usually find us at various regional shows, festivals and events in southeast Queensland....

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  • Junior aviator program

    If your kids have a passion for aircraft, helicopters and flying then this program is designed just for them. They’ll get hands-on experience in preparing the helicopter and they get to do quite a bit of flying as well....

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  • General aviation

    Charter, Aerial work

    Pterodactyl Helicopters is your one stop shop for private helicopter charter or aerial work in southeast Queensland. It doesn’t matter what you are looking for, an effective solution is only a phone call away. Pterodactyl...

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Why fly with Pterodactyl Helicopters?

Motorbike ride to Lake Manchester and a flight with Luke to Glamorganvale pub for Sunday lunch. Excellent time and highly recommended

- RayIpswich, QldCountry pub crawl by chopper in 2017

I have flown with Pterodactyl at least 6 times and the whole team are professional, friendly and most important of all, fun. Love your work Team Pterodactyl.

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Kooralbyn Valley in the heart of the Scenic Rim

Nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Kooralbyn Valley boasts rolling landscapes, fresh waters and bountiful flora and fauna. Kooralbyn was one of the great pastoral properties for well over 100 years. The name Kooralbyn comes from the Aboriginal Dream Time Legend “the land of the copperhead snake”. The original settler was John ‘Tinker’ Campbell and the property formed part of the Tamrookum Run in the early 1840s. William Barker subsequently owned the property and employed Queensland’s first poet, James Stephens as a private tutor for his family and it was at Kooralbyn that his first poem, “Convict Once” was written. In 1890 William Cochrane Bundock bought the property, the price 29 shillings per acre. Over the next 43 years it remained in the Bundock family and was developed to its full potential as grazing land.

In 1973 the idea of the “The Kooralbyn Resort” was born when Sir Peter Abeles and Sir Arthur George acquired the land in concert with other financiers, planners and marketers; all dreaming of a total new concept in tourism, hospitality and community living that all could share. By 1979 the first phase of building construction was underway and the project became a subsidiary of AGC, Australia’s largest financier. AGC completed the first phase and positioned “The Kooralbyn Resort” as an inland resort – the innovative concept bringing its own challenges in marketing and operations as well as financial and human resources. In 1988 it was sold to a Japanese hotel group and in 2002 to New Zealand hotel operator Ray Schofield before going into receivership in 2008.

Current owner Peter Huang purchased the property in 2013 and invested 10 million dollars in restoring the Resort to its former beauty. The Resort now once again offers dozens of guest activities which can be incorporated into your stay. Challenge yourself on our award-winning 18-hole golf course, former home course of Jason Day and Adam Scott, with Greg Norman as its previous Tour Professional, or indulge at our wellness and health spa, utilise our equestrian and polo fields (as previously done by Kerry Packer), arrive in style on our private airfield, or take part in our laser clay pigeon shooting, Aussie Muster show, horse trail rides and dozens more activities.

Enjoy your time at our beautiful piece of paradise.

Kooralbyn Valley