Day Trip Moreton Bay Region Samford Dayboro Loop

Day Trip Moreton Bay Region – Ferny Grove, Samford, Dayboro, Petrie Queensland Australia 

This morning we took a scenic drive north of Brisbane, in our Moreton Bay Region, which is a massive area with a super scenic hinterland, and a bayside of little seaside towns. Once on the road, we find the destination doesn't matter nearly as much as the journey itself.

The road helps you embrace the unexpected, renews your faith in the world and broadens your mind. Thus, people who love road trips are among the most spontaneous, positive and wise individuals around. Just saying.

We started our trip at The Ferny Grove Markets, which set up in the Ferny Grove train station car park (corner Arbor Street and Stanford Road) every Sunday from 6.00am until 12-00pm. The Markets are undoubtedly a flea market which is not a bad thing. If you like to haggle, love rummage through boxes, love a bargain, then these are the markets for you.

The market presents an eclectic group of sellers peddling inexpensive food, second hand goods and a variety of weird and wonderful miscellany. With trash and treasure stalls, arts and crafts and homemade cakes and jams, they are somewhat reminiscent of an old country fair. Kim dropped into her friend Gail from Tranquil Beauty Lounge stall to see what she had this weekend.

From the markets we headed up the picturesque and hilly area to Samford. Located close to the city, but feels a world away with its rolling hills, wide, open spaces and country charm. Samford has managed to maintain a buzz around its café scene, so you’ll find yourself wanting to linger longer for a second coffee before wandering next door to the local produce shop for some of Samford’s freshest food. You’ll be keenly aware of the community vibe in Samford, with real country hospitality around every corner. Samford Village itself may be small but contains a decent stash of preserved heritage buildings, a fascinating history museum, a century old pub, old-fashioned Saturday country market, train-themed playground and quaint slab hut peddling local arts and crafts such as handmade patchwork quilts.

Kim dropped into ShadyDayz, which has something for everyone. ShadyDayz is a friendly business offering a large range of designer décor, quirky gifts, vintage, antique jewellery, artwork, soft furnishings, furniture and take pride in supporting local artisans and craft people. 

At the back of ShadyDayz was the Samford Valley Antique & Vintage Shop. Samford Valley Antique and Vintage shop promises something different every time you visit, with a wide variety of antique, vintage and shabby chic furniture, English china, bric a brac, and gifts.

From Samford we took in the scenic rural views all the way along Mt Samson Road. Pass the Dayboro Shed Antiques, which is situated just before the township of Dayboro and is full of memorabilia and precious pieces from yesteryear. Be reminded of grandma's kitchen by dresser shelves laden with old electric jugs, sets of canisters, old fashioned orange squeezers, egg beaters, fine bone china and bone handled cutlery.
Just before we hit Dayboro we stopped at Mervyn Kenman Park ,which is a dog friendly Park that is off leash, fenced for Sahri (our pup) to have a run with some other friendly dogs.

As the drive continues into Dayboro, take note of the historic Crown Hotel on the left. Sitting on the deck under one of the beautiful old fig trees and enjoying either a cool drink or a meal is a great way to settle into the country vibe. Good pub meals are served here but check the days of service as these vary seasonally. When in town don't forget to pack an esky or cooler bag for the trip, as a little further down Williams Street is the Dayboro Butcher, home to the award winning Famous Sausage Man. They make hundreds of different varieties of sausages here with 10 - 12 varieties for sale each day. How do lamb and rosemary, chicken and mango or pork and plum sausages sound? Make sure to pick up the "Historical Town Walk" brochure and also the "Out and About" information sheet.  They will suggest things to see and do in the area and provide information and maps to make sure visitors get the most out of their visit to "The Town of Yesteryear".

From the town of Dauboro we headed next to Old Petrie Town Sunday Markets. Old Petrie Town is a historical village, with speciality shops in historic buildings, a variety of museums and Sunday markets. Set among a beautiful backdrop of ancient Moreton Bay fig trees and heritage buildings, Old Petrie Town looks like a page out of a history book. Given both its rustic and natural beauty, it’s were local history meets trendy gourmet foods and fresh fruit and vegetables arts, crafts, jewellery, food and entertainment for the whole family.

For a real blast from the past check out the Emporium Rock n’ Roll Milk Bar. Decked out like a 50s diner, it offers old-fashioned food like burgers and milkshakes with a classical music soundtrack. Stylish hot rods, classic cars and their enthusiastic drivers help set the scene.

At the front next to the car park is the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, showcasing the history of the surrounding area. There is a video display talking to some of the Petrie family. At the front next to the car park is the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, showcasing the history of the surrounding area. There is a video display talking to some of the Petrie family. The Queensland Fire Museum has a collection including rural, industrial and military displays, consisting of uniforms, vehicles, fire fighting apparatus, and more. The vehicles have an impressive collection, from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Things to do in Samford

The Samford Museum is a real treat for people of all ages, providing a truly fascinating look at an era that is all but forgotten now, with its collection of objects from the district’s rural, domestic, educational, railway, timber, transport and village past.

The Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery is a true rustic experience from days gone by. From the gum tree slab walls to the yellow gum floorboards and corrugated iron roof, when you step inside the Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time.

John Scott Park is a grassy expanse located at the old Samford railway station site. It has a play train for kids to explore as well as a complex climbing structure for the older ones and plenty of space to kick a ball around.

Lifestyle Centre which is a home and garden orientated Lifestyle Centre at Samford is a wonderful indoor and outdoor shopping and dining hotspot perfect for green thumbs, pet owners and families. It’s home to a garden centre, plant nursery, florist, gift shop, doggy grooming service, pet accessory shop, pre-schooler playground, artist gallery, and even a café with an exclusive menu just for dogs

The Samford Valley Heritage Trail is the best way to truly immerse yourself in everything this historical hamlet has to offer. There are 13 sites to visit along the way, including the Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery, Samford Museum and John Scott Park.

Things to do in Dayboro

The Dayboro Art Gallery is home to over thirty local artists with an extensive cross-section of artworks. Covering all styles and genres, your personal tastes will be challenged, if not expanded by the gallery collection.

If you’re looking for a unique piece of art, a handmade gift, novelty items or some quirky jewellery, then you should surely stop by Hay Cottage in Dayboro. Right in the middle of the quaint township, Hay Cottage is not hard to miss, situated in a building established in 1869 and displaying original artwork from the era.

The Old Storehouse in Dayboro is open for takeaway coffee, sweet treats, take-home meals and deli delights. For special occasions order one of their deli hampers or mouth-watering cakes.

Somerset Trail in D’Aguilar National Park, Mount Mee is undoubtedly one of the best Brisbane bushwalks near the city.

Sunset, sunrise or - for those brave enough to face the heat - any time of day, the view from the Mount Mee Lookout is something everyone should experience.

Allow plenty of time when you visit the Dayboro Shed antiques shop, with a huge variety of antique, mid-century, vintage and retro furniture, glassware, china, pottery, ‘blokey gear’ and more, you’ll spend hours perusing their range.

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