Located in the leafy suburb of Ferny Hills, Lomandra Day Use Area is a wonderland of mountain bike trails near Brisbane, as well as a refuge for flora and fauna, also protecting important habitats for reptiles, mammals and birds. This area also forms part of the mountains to Mangroves Corridor, with the day use area part of the larger Samford Conservation Forest.
From the years 1918 to 1947 an old train line actually ran from Camp Mountain through Samford Conservation Park and to Ferny Grove. However, it was closed after a tragic accident that happened on Labor Day. The train derailed and sadly caused the death of 16 people and left 38 other people injured. Today you can bike ride or walk the Samford Rail Trail or also known as the Samford Cycle Link, starting at The Ferny Grove Railway Station.
A Lomandra is, in fact, a type of plant. A genus of perennial herbs in the Asparagaceae family and the Lomandroideae subfamily. Overall, there are fifty-one different species and every single one is native to Australia. However, two of them have managed to extend all the way to New Guinea and New Caledonia.
If you’re wanting a day out of being active, then this is the right spot for you. Found in the Lomandra area are a significant amount of bike paths. They range in lengths and difficulties, so matter what level of intensity in your bike riding you’re looking for, there is one for all.
Pipeline is a relatively flat trail. Making it suitable for less experienced riders
Water tank is a relatively flat trail. Making it suitable for less experienced riders
Fitness trail is an undulating, traversing trail that requires moderate fitness levels to climb the ascents
Lorikeet trail is very steep and requires a relatively high skill level
Bergin Creek trail is a very short link that starts and finishes on Bergin Creek Road
Bandicoot trail contours along the edge of a hill, showcasing a natural rock garden
Kombi trail provides a good length of sight through open forest country. Providing amazing views
West link trail provides a link from the Lomandra warm-up area to PMG road break
East link trail links the Lomandra warm-up area to Lomandra break and the shared trail network
If bike riding isn’t really what you’re feeling up to. You are more than welcome to also take it by foot. These trails are shared trails, so walkers, runners, cyclists and even horse riders are all able to explore the park by taking these trails. If you want to bring your four-legged friend, dogs are welcome but must remain on a lead at all times.
A day out with friends or family can be made exciting by the number of walking tracks available. Although you will experience some short but steep hills, formed dirt track, some obstacles in the shape of exposed tree roots fallen branches and unstable surfaces, the walking track is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. However, it is best if you have previous bushwalking experience.
Most importantly, remember where you are, read the signs and have fun!