There are two parks you just need to visit when visiting Samford.
FACILITIES: toilets, BBQs, benches and shelters, play equipment
If you are already in Samford Village there is no better place to be than John Scott Park, in the heart of the village. As well as some great play equipment there is lots of space to ride a bike or throw a ball. Grab a coffee for you and an ice-cream for the kids across the road at the Long Yard Larder.
FACILITIES: toilets, BBQs, benches and shelters, play equipment, basketball hoop
Drive a few kilometers out of the village along Mt Glorious Road, then right onto Mt O’Reilly Road. The park is immediately on your left. There is play equipment as well as a mini bike track and a basketball hoop. At the far end of the park by the bridge you can access the North Pine River, keep an eye on the littlies as it is close to the road. Across the road is a walking track along the river if you want to explore further.
Samford is fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful creeks, rivers and lakes, here are a few to explore.
The river can be accessed just a short walk from the village. Head down Station Street, passed the Samford Museum, and fork right into Royal Estates. Follow the track round for a kilometer or so and it dips down to the river. This a lovely shady spot to explore the river which is only about ankle deep most of the year. If the walk is too far, drive along the road and park near where the track dips down.
The nearest toilet facilities to the river are back in John Scott Park.
Head north out of the village along Mt Samson Road and turn left onto Cedar Creek Road. Continue along the road for about 15 mins, Andy Williams Park is on your left.
This is a lovely spot to go rock hopping along Cedar Creek. There is a big, flat grass area with toilet facilities next to the car park. Tracks lead down to the creek. For the more adventurous, continue along the road to the end and explore the creek. If you walk up stream for about 20 mins you will reach a waterfall and swimming hole. This area is very popular in the summer season.
There are two beautiful locations to choose from by Lake Samsonvale.
Location 1 - McGavin View Park: This park can be reached via Dayboro Road turning onto Vores Road. There is a great playground, big open space to kick a ball, BBQs and toilets. The park is right by the dam wall but you can not get to the water’s edge. For this head to Bullocky Rest.
Location 2 - Bullocky Rest: Head north out of Samford and turn right onto Winn Road then left onto Forgan Road. Bullocky Rest is a peninsula on the lake where you can get right down to the water’s edge. There are BBQs and toilets here as well as a small playground.
Both of these spots have easy walking trails you can follow along the lake edge.
There are two skate parks for those with a board, BMX or scooter, don't forget the helmet!
Situated just north of the village on the left in front of the tennis courts. It is easily reached on foot. There is a drinking fountain here but no toilets.
This is right in Dayboro village so lots of amenities close by. For parking best accede from Mt Mee Road. There are toilet facilities here as well as a playground and swimming pool so plenty to fill the day.
If you would like to learn a bit more about the heritage of our area, here are some interesting options.
Only a five minute drive from the village is an example of the aboriginal heritage of our area. There is an information board at the entrance of the site so you will know when you are in the right spot. Head west out of the village on Mount Glorious Road. Turn left onto Wights Mountain Road. About 2 kilometers, turn left onto Upper Wights Mountain Road. It is about 1 kilometer on your left.
To find out more about the Bora Ring and see a 3D model visit the Samford Museum.
The Samford Museum is situated at the far end of John Scott Park in the village. There are many great displays and demonstrations. They are open Wednesday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.