Woodford is a little taste of country right on the city’s doorstep. An easy day trip from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, this quaint and quiet town is a perfect getaway destination with a little something for everyone.
The Woodford region is steeped in history and retains much of its yesteryear charm. The historic pub still stands proudly on the main road through town, while quaint turn-of-the-century buildings house quirky shops and eateries throughout the shopping precinct. A heritage railway and a historical museum proudly testify to the region’s diverse past.
Once home to thriving dairy and timber industries, Woodford is slowly becoming more urbanised as new housing subdivisions are developed. But it still feels like the country and is one of only a few towns that still have weekly cattle sales in the yards in the main street.
Want to shake off the city and the 'busy, busy' of life? A country drive to Woodford is the perfect way to shift down a gear. Wide, open country roads take you past farmlands with roadside stalls selling gorgeous fresh produce, and into a town that’s preserved the charm of a bygone era.
If you love history, culture and nature, you’ll love a day out or even a mini-break in Woodford. Some of the highlights include:
The Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society has an irreplaceable collection of two-foot gauge steam, diesel and petrol locomotives and rolling stock. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, the Society puts the trains into action, offering train rides on the Durundur Railway from its Margaret Street location to Storey Brook and back.
Lighting up the evening skies of Woodford is the magnificent colours and lighting of the Woodford Water Tower, part of a public art installation down Woodford's main street. Located next to the townships Visitor Information Centre, the works create an appealing contrast to the evening's sunset colours. Discover the Windows of Woodford for yourself.
Situated in Woodford's main street is the AS1 Leopard is a memorial to Australia's Service Men and Women. Park of Woodford's Memorial Park, the tank is a must-see stop on your day trip from Brisbane.
About four kilometres north-west of Woodford, the Cruice Park rest area is dedicated to famous explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt. Leichhardt made a base camp for his Australian explorations at the property across the road, and some of his story is told on plaques located in the rest park. The park also has a small free camp site available for stays up to 20 hours.
To the south of Woodford, Mount Mee State Forest (part of D'Aguilar National Park) is ideal for nature lovers and people who enjoy a good view. There are many well-signed walking tracks, picnic areas and camping sites. Make the effort to walk to the summit and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across Caboolture and out to Moreton Bay.
Just a stones throw from Woodford is the spectacularly beautiful Stony Creek. Located on the outer boarder of Bellthorpe National Park, this stunning natural swimming hole is a favourite with locals. With a flat pathway to the swimming hole from the car park, it can be accessed by prams and wheelchairs.
Woodford’s agricultural show is held each June, over two days. Woodford also attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year for its internationally-renowned Woodford Folk Festival, held between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Whether you’re looking for day trips from Brisbane, a weekend away at an event or just a little sightseeing and time out in nature, Woodford offers an excellent selection of things to do and see, plus there's so much to do in the surrounds: