Your weekend eatinerary: Samford | Gourmand and Gourmet

Your weekend eatinerary: Samford

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While we may not be playing in the big leagues as far as bustling, smoggy, overpopulated cities go, Brisbane can still feel a little too much sometimes. Luckily the temporary change of scenery we crave is never far away. Our recent favourite is Samford. This bright community is perfect day-trip material – only a little over 30 minutes from the CBD, and with plenty of eating, exploring and shopping to be done there’s never a “now what?” moment. Start your day at The Flying Nun. This popular café on Station Street spills out of the former church that houses it, across decks and into an enclosed, mosaic-lined pergola. Have your morning coffee over one of their famed breakfasts while enjoying the sunlight that pours through homemade stained glass windows. Our pick: The breakfast stack with chorizo, wilted spinach, caramelised onion, haloumi cheese, fried eggs and hommus on pumpkin sourdough toast. Your retail therapy for the day kicks off right next door. Urban Dweller is one of the many unique stores around Samford perfect for bagging gifts or a new addition for yourself. Our pick: Urban Dweller for jewellery and home wares and The Slab Hut for original artworks. Once you’ve shopped up a sweat, recharge at Canter and Colt with your favourite coffee or a certified organic juice. If you’re lucky you’ll run into Dumbledore – a miniature foal who has turned into something of a local celebrity. From there, take a short drive out to one of the many gorgeous green areas surrounding Samford and get back to nature. Go for a bushwalk, breathe the fresh air and work up an appetite for lunch. Our pick: Head to Cedar Creek Falls for beautiful waterfalls and rock pool. If it’s summer (or you’re feeling brave) pack your togs, it’s a great swimming hole! Head back towards town for a lunch at the Samford Valley Hotel on Main Street. Originally known as O’Hara’s Hotel, in 1918 it was cut into three sections and pulled by bullocks to its current location. Though the facade has changed considerably over the years this historic watering hole still holds its warmth and is a regular hang out for locals. Our pick: The ‘Kilcoy’ New York Cut Sirloin with fresh garden salad and an Idaho potato with bacon sauce, sour cream and shallots. If you’ve still got room for it, drop by Platform 30 on Station Street for scrumptious home-made chocolates for the way home. Head back via the scenic route towards the Gap, winding through farmlands and the mountains of the D’Aguilar National Park all the way to Brisbane. Words by Jessamin Horder