For hinterland things to do in Moreton Bay Region visit Samford Village, this quaint rural hub makes for a wonderfully scenic road trip and a perfect escape from the city.
The Samford Farmer’s Markets are held every second Saturday from 7am, in the grounds of the historic St Paul’s Anglican Church at 12 Mount Samson Rd. Caffeinate yourself awake with organic coffee and fill your lungs with fresh country air as you make your way through up to 50 stalls. A percentage of stall-holders fees go to a different charity each month, so come and support local growers, producers, bakers and pastry chefs.
Here’s a true rustic experience from days gone by. From the gum tree slab walls to the yellow gum floorboards and corrugated iron roof, when you step inside the Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time.
Home to the Samford Art and Craft Association, you’ll be delighted by the array of works including knitted and crocheted pieces, hand painted glassware, pottery, ceramics, jewellery and more.
For things to do in Samford for the kids, make a pitstop at John Scott Park. This grassy expanse is located at the old Samford railway station site (opposite Flying Nun Café). It has a play train for kids to explore as well as a complex climbing structure for the older ones and plenty of space to kick a ball around.
The health, home and garden orientated Lifestyle Centre at Samford is a wonderful indoor and outdoor shopping and dining hotspot perfect for green thumbs, pet owners and families. It is home to a garden centre, plant nursery, florist, gift shop, doggy grooming service, pet accessory shop, pre-schooler playground, artist gallery, and even a café with an exclusive menu just for dogs (Café Lagarto), amongst other boutique shops.
Samford Conservation Park is a pleasant and easily accessible nature paradise for outdoor things to do in Samford. It’s ideal for picnics and BBQs, horse riding, bush walking and mountain bike riding. The park is part of the ‘Mangroves to Mountains’ nature corridor which connects remnant bushland from the D’Aguilar Range through the suburbs into Moreton Bay Region, protecting vital wildlife habitats.
The Samford Valley Heritage Trail is the best way to truly immerse yourself in everything this historical hamlet has to offer. There are 13 sites to visit along the way, including the Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery, Samford Museum and John Scott Park.
The 8.3km Samford Valley Rail Trail is a shared, North Brisbane bike paths recreational cycling and walking trail beginning at Ferny Grove Railway Station and continuing towards Samford Valley along Lanita Rd. The sealed, mostly flat trail (also known as Samford to Ferny Grove Cycle Link) is well-maintained and clearly sign-posted. Perfect for a cycling adventure, or hike.
Samford Conservation Park’s Lomandra Day-Use Area carpark is an ideal starting point for exploring the Samford Valley Rail Trail.
Check out what’s happening at Samford Commons while you’re in town. The Commons is an emerging creative precinct for the arts and the environment; science and technology; and innovation in business networking, urban farming, health, education, tourism and wellbeing.
Run by a community owned, not-for-profit company, Samford Commons is a provider of hands-on activities for members, and also hosts a few festivals and expos throughout the year for locals and visitors to enjoy.
After you’ve experienced Samford’s delights, hop back in the car and take a drive through the rural and forested areas around Samford to discover more hidden hinterland gems:
Take a 20 minute drive up Mount Glorious from Samford Village to Phoenix Sculpture Garden and Art Gallery on Fahey Rd.
From 10am to 4pm on Sundays (other days by appointment only) you can enter the beautiful estate of Graham and Margit Radcliffe – a forested slice of serene paradise dotted with sculptures. This special 2 hectare retreat was named as one of Australia’s 6 most outstanding sculpture gardens by Culture Trip, London in December of 2015. Entry is by gold coin donation.
Many of the indoor and outdoor sculptures and oil paintings are available for purchase.
For animal-centric things to do in Samford, families can combine a village visit with a trip to Trevena Glen Farm situated on 22 acres of land in the foothills of the D’Aguilar Range, just a 10 minute drive from Samford Village.
You can book in for a horse riding lesson, tailored farm experience or tour and if your child has a birthday coming up, Trevena Glen Farm can even throw you a party!
Call Trevena on 07 3289 4257, or 0413 461 136 to enquire.
Please note: The much loved Farm Open Days have been cancelled as of late February 2017 until further notice, so please check their website for updates.
For splashingly fun things to do in Moreton Bay region’s hinterland, check out Cedar Creek near Samford. This creek is brimming with rock pools, waterfalls and wildlife, just a 20 minute drive from Samford Village.
The winding and hilly Cedar Creek Road runs alongside this meandering creek, criss-crossing it several times. You’ll come across numerous amazing little spots to stop for a picnic and a paddle. You may even spot a platypus if you’re lucky!
A very shallow spot for the little ones to get their toes wet can be found in Andy Williams Park, with another toddler hotspot found at Halls Road Crossing. Deeper rock pools are located further along. You can park at the end of Cedar Creek Road and follow the creek for another 800 metres by foot to discover a few deeper, swimmable waterholes.
Be aware that there are privately owned blocks peppered along the creek, which you are not legally permitted to enter. Please abide by the signage.
The annual Samford Show celebrates all things country living. Approximately 13,000 patrons pass through the show gates each year so be prepared for 2 days of non-stop, jam-packed family entertainment, a snapshot of country life and the very best Samford has to offer.
For things to do in Samford surrounds perfect for over 18s, Brisbane’s and Moreton Bay Region’s only BYO camping, music and arts festival – Red Deer Fest is an absolute must!
This exciting festival takes over the natural amphitheatre beneath the pristine D’Aguilar range on Mt Samson annually in October bringing the best Aussie music – from laid-back soulful vibes to high-energy performances – to the hinterland.
The intimate, open venue is the perfect spot for hosting the boutique and fiercely unique festival which prides itself on its ‘house party’ and ‘weekend-long’ sleepover vibe. Attendees can bring eskies, alcohol (no glass), couches, blow-up pools and pretty much anything else to soak up the ‘backyard-house-party-vibe’ that is Red Deer Fest’s 12 hours of non-stop music.
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For those coming from Brisbane city, you can take the longer, but visually spectacular route, driving along Waterworks Road and through Mt Nebo, or the shorter more direct route by taking Samford Road, through suburban Ferny Grove.
If travelling from the direction of the Sunshine Coast, you can shoot down the Bruce Highway, taking the Brendale exit onto Linkfield Rd (last exit before hitting the first set of city traffic lights), through Eatons Hill.
If you’d rather a lengthy scenic drive from the north, then you can spend 2 hours driving through Beerwah, Woodford, Mount Mee, Dayboro, Clear Mountain and a few other hinterland suburbs on your way to Samford.
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