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20 Places to Visit in Samford and Surrounds

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First settled in the mid-1850s, Samford is a culturally rich suburb with historic depth. Experience the history, arts and food lover delights in the picturesque hinterland village with this list of things to do in north Brisbane, 40 minutes from Brisbane in the Moreton Bay Region.

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#1. Known for panoramic views across the Enoggera Forest Reserve toward the city, further up to the Glasshouse Mountains and even Moreton Bay, Jolly’s Lookout in Mount Nebo is a popular spot for a family picnic or romantic meeting.

#2. Maiala, set in Mount Glorious, is one of the most popular kid-friendly hikes near Brisbane. Perfect for beginners, Maiala has tracks that vary from 1.2km return to a full 24km return.

#3. In the southern section of D’Aguilar National Park, you can find Northbrook Gorges, a fantastic hiking and rock pool swimming location amidst beautiful scenery. Please note: recommended for experienced bushwalkers.

#4. Samford Conservation Forest is a pleasant and easily accessible spot for outdoor gatherings, horse riding, bush walking and mountain bike riding.

#5. Looking for Mt Nebo walks through rainforest suitable for all levels of fitness? If so, the 4km one-way Thylogale Walking Track accessible from Jolly’s Lookout is a great choice and under 60 minutes from Brisbane CBD!

#6. Overlooking the famous Lake Wivenhoe has become a whole lot easier with two great Wivenhoe Lookout spots in the Moreton Bay Region.

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#7. Since its opening in 2016, Spokes Café north Brisbane is renowned for their healthy café items and coffee, especially great for people who are constantly on the go and aim to lead a healthy lifestyle.

#8. Nestled on the porch for the Four Seasons Organic Grocer, Canter & Colt was the first 100% organic café to open near Brisbane in Samford.

#9. The sweet spot of Samford Village, Samford Patisserie & Café is famous for their freshly baked delicacies including cakes, pastries and pies.

#10. With a 5-star rating on Facebook, Little Tree Bake & Brew House is the go-to coffee shop for a warm cuppa and sweet treat inspired by local and seasonal produce.

#11. With a menu that reflects European authenticity, it’s no surprise you’ll find experienced Italian chefs behind the deliciously extensive menu of Pause Restaurant.

#12. Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge, located at the top of Clear Mountain, is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway, intimate dinner or even your wedding ceremony!

#13. The unassuming Long Yard Larder is a relaxed, pet-friendly café opposite John Scott Park. Along with their selection of fresh sandwiches and pastries, this café in north Brisbane also has an exquisite range of gelato and sorbet.

#14. Serving up hot cups of Toby’s Estate coffee in a dog-friendly shopfront, Café Lagarto is located in the Samford Lifestyle Centre where friendly staff, yummy food and cheeky lizards poking their heads in from time to time are all part of the deal.

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#15. For everything Harry Potter, Store of Requirement is your one-stop Harry Potter Brisbane shop. Offering officially licenced Harry Potter products, Store of Requirement is the answer to the dreams of Potterheads everywhere.

#16. One of the most popular parks in the Moreton Bay Region, John Scott Park in Samford features play equipment for all ages plus a shaded picnic shelter and seats around the playground for watchful parents to keep an eye on their little ones.

#17. From very humble beginnings, the Slab Hurt Art and Craft has proven to be an enduring social and cultural centre, displaying designs created by over 60 local artists.

#18. Every Wednesday and Sunday, you can step back to 19th and 20th century Samford, discovering the rich history of this north Brisbane village at the Samford Museum.

#19. Trace the historic footprints of a town steeped in Brisbane’s rich history that has now become a bustling hinterland village just 40 minutes from the city along the Samford Village Heritage Trail.

#20. Situated on 16 acres, just 10 minutes from Samford Village, Trevena Glen Farm is a safe, fun and loving environment for children and adults alike to meet, pet and feed a range of farm animals.

And there you go, 20 Samford activities to keep you entertained. Grab your friends and family and check off each thing to do in north Brisbane!

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Looking for more things to do and see? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres. The volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge.

Words by
Rochelle Lyons

With a background in content writing, social media management and marketing, Rochelle is an avid lover of all things food, book and dog-related, and thinks she's much better at sports than she really is. At only 5'3", she's usually always the shortest among a group of people but will make a point to tell you she's the tallest of all her family members.

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