Day Trip To Samford

For a green change just 30 mins from the city and with plenty in a trip to fill a day, the scenic valley featuring the tiny historical hamlet of Samford Village is hard to beat.

Day trippers have a choice of taking the longer hilly route along Waterworks Rd and via Mt Nebo, with jaw-dropping views and bush and rainforest walk possibilities on the way, or the direct route via Samford Rd, which, shortly after leaving the suburban outreaches of Ferny Grove plunges into bushland and emerges shortly thereafter in a picture perfect countryside of rolling green hills and valleys.

Samford Village itself may be small but contains a decent stash of preserved heritage buildings, a fascinating history museum, gourmet character cafes, a century-old pub, a wonderful antique store, old-fashioned Saturday country market, fantastic playground and quaint slab hut peddling local arts and crafts such as handmade patchwork quilts.

Things to Do:

Take a heritage stroll around the village, starting at the John Scott Park with its spacious adventure playground (which was once the site of the Samford Railway Station and goods yards). Turn left into Main St and on the other side of the street is the Samford Valley Hotel whose main building hails from 1912. Next door is the old English Scottish & Australian Bank, which dates from the 1930s and was the scene of the first armed robbery in the Valley after World War II. The landmark neighbouring Farmer's Hall was towed here from Lutwyche and became the social scene hub from the end of World War I, while Cash Avenue alongside was once part of the Samford Railway Line, with some of the embankment still intact. The corner shop before the Memorial Park was opened as a butcher shop in the 1930s and the Memorial Park is home to the century old schoolmaster's house from Samford School. And check out the cast iron 19th century lamp posts on Main St, dating from the late 1800s.

Rail Trails - Both within the village and in the foothills outside are some rare rail trails, the remnants of the old railway line that once ran through the valley from Ferny Grove to Dayboro and that are now used as bush walk and cycle tracks. It was this stretch of line achieved infamy on Labour Day May 1947 when Australia's worst rail disaster until then occurred just outside of town. A steam train especially put on for a group of Customs employees and their families took a bend too fast, resulting in the train careering off its tracks and the front carriages telescoping, with a resultant tragic loss of 16 lives and 38 injuries. A cairn by the side of McLean Rd (itself part of the ex-railway line) marks the spot where the crash occurred.

The rail trails are the closest ones to be found in proximity to Brisbane and are worth checking out. One is accessed from Latina Ct, a service vehicle turning circle off McLean Rd and it is essentially a bush track hemmed by railway embankments that is suitable for mountain bike riders. A second one occupies a section of Cash Avenue (named after Samford's first free settler) in town and a third is a little out of town and contains an old tunnel which is now a bat colony's residence.

Eat & Drink: 

1. Flying Nun Café - for something atmospheric and ecclesiastical this uber popular establishment resides in a new and an old church and dishes up fabulous gourmet fare.

2. Little Tree Bakehouse - This gorgeous cafe and bakehouse is set in a rainforest off the main street, featuring a terrace overlooking a running stream and serving up delicious premise-baked eats.

3. Dropout Espresso – This hip little joint on the main street churns out coffee and light meals that alone make the trip from town worthwhile.

4. Pause Cafe & Bar - A unique place to stop and enjoy a morning croissant or cronut fresh from the oven, or a hearty European style dinner.

Check out our full list of great destinations for daytrips from Brisbane here.

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Enjoy an afternoon of free, live music at Roma Street Parkland
Experience Camerata's exceptional and innovative music-making
A blissfully unique and social way of ‘wining’ on a Friday afternoon
Boho Luxe Market returns to the Old Museum this July
Charles Dickens’ classic novel comes to life on stage
Step back in time at the Abbey Medieval Festival
Get ready to swing into The Sunshine Club
This concert combines classical music from the East & West
The highly anticipated new creation from the masters of immersive experience
EDITOR'S PICK

Whale Watching Cruise

The humpback highway is officially open, and Tangalooma Island Resort’s Whale Watching Cruise is the place to be this whale watching season!
Tangalooma Island Resort Whale Watching Cruise
MUST DO

Winter School Holiday Guide

Check out this guide, with more than 20+ great shows, activities and events in and around Brisbane these June-July school holidays
June - July School Holidays
FREE MUSIC

The Sound Society

Held once a month, The Sound Society brings a laid-back afternoon of free, live music to Brisbane's biggest sub-tropical backyard.
The Sound Society
St Lucia Golf Links

Enchanted Movies

Hundred Acre Bar is hosting ‘Enchanted Movies’ on the lawn every Friday and Saturday night this school holiday
Enchanted Garden Mini Golf
THIS WEEKEND

Top Things to do July 1-3

10 of the top things to do around Brisbane this weekend, including must-see shows & exhibitions, a cheese festival and more
This Weekend July 1-3
MUST DO KIDS

KIDS COLLECTIVE

The popular school holiday program brings free, fun activities for children aged 5-12 years old to Roma Street Parkland
Kids Collective
COMING UP

What's On in July 2022 in Brisbane

From cheese & medieval festivals, classic musicals and a popup magic bar to gorgeous bohemian & artisan markets
What's On in July 2022 in Brisbane
The Sunshine Club
CONTENT RESUMES ON SCROLL
ADVERTISEMENT