Discover Barns Lane Farm

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There’s a new destination on the Sunshine Coast! Barns Lane Farm offers a collection of rural-oriented and artisanal paddock-to-plate experiences. We visited the Coolum site to find out more!

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!

This agri-tourism attraction and special meeting place connects sun, surf and sand with our world-class hinterland producers. Set across 6.8 hectares and centred around a paddock-to-plate experience, it will showcase the region’s ‘best of everything’.

Last week, we braved the rain to find out all the details at the DA Announcement on site! After meeting with co-founders Jason Grant, Helen Grant and Jonathan Leishman, we’re beyond excited to see this ultimate tourism experience come to life. Creating a healthy and happy community, sharing local love and bolstering business – this is what the Sunshine Coast needed!

Seasonal harvest has found a new home in the Produce Hall. This 2,000 sqm market will trade seven days a week and house over 50 short-term and long-term stallholders.

‘The Produce Hall will provide a never-before-seen opportunity for local producers, without being subjected to trading restrictions and weather conditions,’ said co-founder and developer Jason Grant.

‘It will offer multiple connections to the market including selling direct to the public and supplying on-site restaurants and vendors.’

Co-founder Helen Grant said the Produce Hall caters to the many tastes and needs of families and foodies. It offers farm direct produce, seafood, a butchery, a bakery and more with a focus on sustainable farming and organic produce.

‘Other attractions include a distillery, brewery, dining, adventure play areas, animal farms, tours, a performance stage and much more,’ she said.

The news has also been welcomed by tourism, industry bodies and local stakeholders.

‘There is a huge demand for agri-tourism experiences. The new product will go a long way in cementing our profile as a leading agri-tourism destination,’ said Matt Stoeckel, CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast.

Barns Lane sits right next to Coolum State School, encouraging the next generation of Sunny Coast locals to connect with their agricultural community.

‘Having this on our doorstep is really exciting,’ Coolum State School Principal Anthony Ryan said. ‘We’ve already implemented Barns Lane Farm themes into our curriculum, and we look forward to furthering partnership opportunities.’

It’s expected Barns Lane Farm will create over 170 full-time equivalent jobs across a range of industries and provide vast community and educational opportunities.

‘We’re growing and supporting local in every sense of the word, including through our Joint Venture with josephmark for the Agtech incubator Dirt Lab, which will nurture local innovation,’ said co-founder Jonathan Leishman.

Construction will commence soon, with the opening set for mid-2023. Future stages include a 26-room boutique hotel suite and a 150-seat function venue, ideal for rural destination weddings and events.

CHECK OUT THESE KEY FEATURES AT BARNS LANE

  • Site size: 6.8 Hectares
  • Over 170 full-time equivalent jobs expected
  • Will connect locals and tourists with the hinterland
  • Restaurants and cafes offering paddock-to-plate experience
  • Over 3 Hectares of productive garden beds and orchards
  • 2,000 sqm Seasonal Produce Hall with 50 short and long-term stallholders
  • Agri-tech Incubator, ‘Dirt Lab’
  • Events Centre and boutique accommodation
  • Music and Arts space
  • Distillery and Brewery

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