I love Brisbane but I have to say I love rural Queensland even more. Whenever I get an excuse I like to escape into the countryside or the bush for an adventure or just to have a look see. In that spirit I twisted the wife’s arm and dragged her up to the Samford Valley and the village of Samford.
The Drive Up
Samford is one of the closest rural townships to Brisbane. We got there by driving through the city and then heading down Samford Road. Overall its around 20 kilometers from Brisbane and it took us about 30-40 mins to get there.
On the ride up you get to see gorgeous bits of country side, farmlands and picturesque mountain roads. The valley which is surrounded by mountains to the north, west and south is large, wide, green and absolutely stunning.
Samford Village itself is tiny and contains a mix of historical buildings, quaint restaurants and antique and craft stores.
Sadly we didn’t get there on a day when the Samford Valley Historical Museum was open (which is apparently only on Wednesdays and Sundays).
John Scott Park seems to be the heart of the village as many of the stores and restaurants, including the more than 100 year-old village pub surround it. Right in the park is a tiny store called The Slab Hut Gallery, a gift shop that sells art work from artisans in the area.