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Published June 7th 2012
Slab Hut
The Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery Samford

A day trip to Samford is a relaxing, educational alternative to the busy-ness of the city. There are quite a few highlights to keep travelers amused.

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John Scott Park - located on the site of Samford Railway Station (1918 - 1955)

The Samford Valley Heritage Trail is a clearly numbered (13 sites in total) and mapped historical walk taking you past the main features in this quiet country town, which is an easy 30 minute drive from Brisbane city.

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John Scott Park - challenging climbing area for older kids too.

The 1.3 kilometre trail begins at Samford Museum which is housed in the original (relocated) Albany Creek Head Teacher's House. On Sundays, you can observe the blacksmith at work or sit at an old school desk and try using a slate in the slab and shingle school.

Farmers Hall
Samford Farmer's Hall - Samford Valley Heritage Trail

The trail then passes through John Scott Park, which is a modern playground located right where Samford Railway Station once stood (1918 - 1955). Appropriately, there is a play train for the little ones to imagine driving and a complex climbing area for bigger children to try out. There are sheltered BBQ facilities and picnic tables here, which are an ideal location to feed your team.

Across the park is The Slab Hut Art and Craft Gallery. The chunky Yellow Gum slab walls provide the ideal backdrop for unique paintings, knitted pieces and felted items made by the local community (see photo above).

Continue following the trail along Main St passing by Currell's Bakery, Williamson's Butcher Shop and Farmer's Hall among others.

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Quirky signage for Flying Nun Cafe, Samford Main St

By now, some refreshments will be required and Samford has many dining options, such as Flying Nun Cafe, Three Black Sheep Caffe, or Samford Hotel . All these cafes are child friendly and an ideal way to finish your Samford Valley adventure..

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Why? Kids will love driving the train where a real train once sat.
When: Daily (museum open Wed. 10am - 3pm/ Sun. 10am - 4pm)
Where: Samford Valley
Cost: Free (museum $4 entry adults/$1 children)
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Ddnt have much of an adventure museum was closed as it was Saturday took a scenic tourist drive then gawww lunched at the Samford valley hotel was soooo delicious honest to heaven the best hot chips ever, everything cooked to perfection. We eat out alot this place took the cake plus there's a playground for the kids you can watch them and enjoy you're food and drinks in peace!
by gis.r (score: 0|2) 2191 days ago
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