Looking for a weekend getaway filled with bushwalks, scenic picnics, antique shopping and brunching that won’t have you sitting in the car for half the day? Samford is the place to go. Only a short drive from Brisbane, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a relaxing weekend of green scenery and serenity. And once you’ve worked up a hunger hiking up Mt Glorious and exploring the Instagram-worthy Cedar Creek Falls, you can refuel in style, because the Samford café scene is a well-kept secret so good that you’ll find yourself visiting the outer Brisbane suburb more often.
This restored old church building with stained glass windows and rainforest gardens makes for the perfect spot to kick off the weekend, especially if you have the brioche French toast with salted caramel sauce, honeycomb butter, peanut brittle and vanilla bean ice cream on your plate. Once you’ve had a taste, you’re going to want seconds, so it’s lucky they also do dinners with wine and craft beers on Friday and Saturday nights to head back to once you’re good and hungry again.
Satisfy any post-breakfast hunger pangs with some organic vegan treats from Canter & Colt. You can indulge without the guilt thanks to their delicious healthy cakes or sip on a fresh smoothie or cold pressed juice that’s sure to give you the motivation to conquer that bushwalk you planned! They also serve up delicious salads, acai bowls and lots of raw goodies if you’re feeling extra peckish.
If just the thought of bushwalking makes you hungry, you might want to stock up on some scrumptious chia protein balls, muffins and other baked goodies to get you through the day. You can even grab an organic, fritatta salad or bagel to go if you’ve thought ahead and brought an esky – or just use it as an excuse to swap bushwalking for antique shopping and come back for lunch.
After a big day of shopping, exploring and eating you’ve probably worked up quite a thirst so make your way to YaYa Bar for some tasty tapas, delicious drinks and a funky, retro vibe. Make sure to pop in on Sunday for an afternoon of sangria and live music that will rival any Brisbane Sunday session.
If your visit coincides with the second Saturday of the month, make sure you check out the Samford Valley Markets between 7am and 12pm at St Paul’s Church. You can pick up fresh, local fruit and veggies, nab a bargain from one of the stalls or just grab a coffee and enjoy the atmosphere, plus that fresh country air beats the supermarket any day.
Are you counting down to the weekend yet? We sure are.
Words by Kate Streader