Budget family things to do around Samford

Family Fun Natural Attractions On a Budget

Posted 28 June


There are so many outdoor budget family things to do around Samford near Brisbane. Here are just a few suggestions thanks to the Volunteers at Samford Moreton Bay Region Visitor Information Centre.

Parks and Playgrounds

There are two parks you just need to visit when visiting Samford.

John Scott Park

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.

Undambi Rotary Park

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.

By the Water

Samford is fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful creeks, rivers and lakes, here are a few to explore.

North Pine River

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.

Andy Williams 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, the 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.

Lake Samsonvale

There are two beautiful locations to choose from by the lake.

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.

Skate Parks

There are two skate parks for those with a board, BMX or scooter, don't forget the helmet!

Samford Skate Park

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.

Dayboro Skate Park

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.

Fun to Learn

If you would like to learn a bit more about the heritage of our area, here are some interesting options.

Aboriginal Ceremonial Bora Ring

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.

Samford Museum

The 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.

Brisbane Tramway Museum

Have some fun riding on the different trams which operate at the museum every Sunday 12.30pm to 4pm except in wet weather.

Head along Samford Road towards Ferny Grove. Turn right at the lights by the police station onto Tramway Street, the museum is on the left.

For more budget family things to do around Samford:

  1. Take your family on a hike through the Samford Conservation Forest
  2. If visiting on the second Saturday of the month, drop into the Samford Valley Market
  3. Drop into Trevena Glen Farm to cuddle a sheep or ride a cow!
  4. If your stuck on ideas, drop into the Samford Visitor Information Centre for inside local knowledge.

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