Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published June 28th 2020
A great base from which to explore Samford Conservation Park
Ironbark Gully is a popular location in Samford Conservation Park, providing a number of facilities for visitors, and provides a great base for a number of hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails which have just had maintenance and upgrades completed on them.
Ironbark Gully in Samford Conservation Park
Ironbark Gully centres around a large picnic area that provides adequate tables and wood-fired BBQs (with firewood supplied) for numerous visitors. The centre of this grassy area is ideal for families to play or kick a ball around, making Ironbark Gully an excellent day trip destination just 20 minutes from Brisbane. There are also two large picnic shelters that are ideal for larger gatherings or parties.
Ironbark Gully centres around this beautiful, large picnic area
A short, 700m walking circuit, the Crebra Track begins and ends at Ironbark Gully - in fact, there are three separate entrances to the Crebra Track set around it.
One of the entrances to the Crebra Track
This circuit passes through beautiful red ironbark forest, and crosses a few small wooden bridges that our children like to believe house trolls.
The track passes through beautiful, protected forest
Although the Crebra Track is for walkers only, a number of other trails leave from, or pass through, Ironbark Gully. In fact, Ironbark Gully sits along the Mountains to Mangroves Corridor that runs from Mount Glorious to Moreton Bay.
Ironbark Gully fits in within a much larger network of hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding trails
The trails are all very well signposted, making it easy for visitors to know which they can mountain bike or horse ride along. There is even a water trough for horses and dogs in the top car park!
The trails here are exceptionally well signposted
Although dogs are allowed on these trails, they must be kept on the leash at all times for the sake of the resident wildlife that includes wallabies, koalas, and spectacular "powerful owls".
On-leash dogs are welcome on the trails leaving from Ironbark Gully
Facilities at Ironbark Gully include:
Picnic shelters, picnic tables, and wood-fire BBQs
Two car parks
A water trough for horses and dogs
Ironbark Gully provides a peaceful environment with great facilities