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About Samford

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Getting there and getting around

Samford Conservation Park is located 20km north-west of Brisbane’s CBD, off Samford Road.

Wheelchair accessibility

The Ironbark Gully picnic area is wheelchair accessible.

Park features

Wildflowers like this native iris bring splashes of colour to the forest. Photo: Ian Witheyman, Queensland Government

Wildflowers like this native iris bring splashes of colour to the forest. Photo: Ian Witheyman, Queensland Government

Samford Conservation Park is a unique park, situated about 20km from Brisbane’s CBD. This 624ha park is a refuge for native flora and fauna, protecting important habitats for reptiles, mammals and birds, and forms part of the Mountains to Mangroves Corridor. From the impressive narrow-leaved red ironbark trees Eucalyptus crebra, to the amazing possums, lorikeets and flying-foxes, the park is full of life. The Ironbark Gully picnic area also provides refuge for visitors looking to take a break from the speed of city life and take time to enjoy the natural environment that makes Samford Conservation Park so special.

The Ironbark Gully picnic area is a great place to enjoy a barbecue. Or walk through the ironbark forest along the Crebra circuit for the chance to see some of the native wildlife that live in the park.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Samford Conservation Park.

Camping is available at nearby D’Aguilar National Park. Camping permits are required and must be booked in advance. Fees apply.

Other accommodation

A range of accommodation is available in and around Brisbane.

For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Enjoy a barbecue or picnic at Ironbark Gully picnic area. Photo: James Fitzpatrick, Queensland Government

Enjoy a barbecue or picnic at Ironbark Gully picnic area. Photo: James Fitzpatrick, Queensland Government

Look for wildflowers, like this grassy-leaved trigger-flower, when exploring Samford Conservation Park. Photo: Ian Witheyman, Queensland Government

Look for wildflowers, like this grassy-leaved trigger-flower, when exploring Samford Conservation Park. Photo: Ian Witheyman, Queensland Government

Narrow-leaved red ironbark Eucalyptus crebra. Photo courtesy of Janis Cossill.

Narrow-leaved red ironbark Eucalyptus crebra. Photo courtesy of Janis Cossill.

Joseph's coat moth Agarista agricola. Photo courtesy of Garry Sheehy.

Joseph's coat moth Agarista agricola. Photo courtesy of Garry Sheehy.

Walking

Key to track standards

The classification system is based on Australian Standards. Please note that while each track is classified according to its most difficult section, other sections may be of an easier level.

Class 3 walking trackGrade 3

  • Gently sloping, well-defined track with slight inclines or few steps.
  • Caution needed on loose gravel surfaces and exposed natural lookouts.
  • Reasonable level of fitness and ankle-supporting footwear required.

Class 3 walking trackCrebra circuit (Grade 3)

Distance: 900m
Time: allow 35mins
Details: This circuit walk begins at the picnic area and meanders through ironbark and spotted gum forest. While walking, look and listen for wildlife feeding on the flowers and leaves of the ironbark trees.

Walkers are also able to explore the network of shared trails throughout the conservation park unless otherwise signed.

Horse riding

Horses may be ridden on all shared recreational trails in Samford Conservation Park unless otherwise signed. Horse riders are not permitted to ride on the designated mountain-bike trails or walking tracks.

When using these shared trails, pedestrians and cyclists must give way to horse riders using the same tracks and alert others when approaching them.

To help reduce your impact on our natural areas please observe the following code of conduct:

  • do not allow horses to enter or remain in or near natural watercourses
  • ride only on formed roads and trails designated for riding. Do not take shortcuts
  • do not allow horses to remain in the park overnight
  • avoid spreading weeds—ensure horses’ coats, hooves and equipment are free of seeds and that horses don’t feed on invasive species 48 hours before park visits
  • minimise damage to vegetation. Do not allow horses to graze on any vegetation while in the areas.

For more information about horse riding in protected areas or to access a map, visit the SEQ horseriding trail network page.

Mountain-bike riding

Mountain-bike riders are permitted on all shared trails in Samford Conservation Park. When using these shared trails, cyclists must give way to pedestrians and horses using the same trails and alert others when approaching them.

There are also ten mountain-bike only trails within the conservation park and a purpose-built mountain-bike warm-up area at Lomandra. See the table below for more information and refer to the Samford Conservation Park map (PDF, 209K) for the trail locations.

Classification Description
Mountain-bike trail classification descriptions
Easy mountain bike trailEasy Wide trail, gentle gradient, some obstacles. For beginner mountain bikers with basic mountain-bike skills.
Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate Moderate gradient, obstacles and some steep sections. For skilled mountain bikers.
Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult For experienced mountain bikers. Challenging trail. Large, unavoidable obstacles and features. Long steep climbs or descents and loose surfaces.

Mountain-bike trails (horses and walkers prohibited)

Mountain-bike trail distances are one-way.

Trail 1

Pipeline

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  700m Allow 4min

Pipeline is a relatively flat, contouring trail making it suitable for less experienced riders.

Trail 2

Water tank

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  400m Allow 2min

Water tank is a relatively flat, contouring trail making it suitable for less experienced riders.

Trail 3

Fitness trail

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  750m Allow 5min

Fitness trail is a relatively flat, contouring trail making it suitable for less experienced riders.

Trail 4

Lorikeet

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  850m Allow 6min

When starting from The Three Ways fire trail, the approach to the end of the Lorikeet trail at Samford Road is very steep and requires a relatively high skill level.

Trail 5

Sunset 

Difficult mountain bike trailDifficult  1.17km Allow 8min

Sunset trail has natural features and no berms. Links onto Bandicoot way (trail 7).

Trail 6

Bergin Creek trail

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  143m Allow 2min

Bergin Creek trail is a very short link that starts and finishes on Bergin Creek Road.

Trail 7

Bandicoot

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  2.46km Allow 15min

Bandicoot trail contours along the edge of a hill, featuring a natural rock garden. Links onto Sunset trail (trail 5).

Trail 8

Kombi 

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  2.7km Allow 15min

Kombi trail provides good views through open forest, across the undulating landscape and descent.

Trail 9

West link

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  240m Allow 2min

West link trail provides a link from the Lomandra warm-up track to PMG Road break.

Trail 10

East link

Intermediate mountain bike trailIntermediate  230m Allow 2min

East Link trail links the Lomandra warm-up area to Lomandra break and the shared trail network.

Trail Classification Distance Time Description

Suggested loops

For best access to the mountain-bike trail network follow trail 10 (East link) from the Lomandra warm-up area and then left onto Lomandra Road. Follow the shared trail to the left for a gentle uphill ride to the junction of Three Ways Road. From here choose between three popular rides that return to Lomandra.

From the Three Ways Road:

  • Loop 1—turn left onto Sewer Road and then left to follow trail 8 (Kombi).
  • Loop 2—left onto Sewer Road, then left to follow trail 7 (Bandicoot) and then onto trail 5 (Sunset).
  • Loop 3—turn right to follow trail 4 (Lorikeet).

Other designated mountain-bike and shared trails can also be found close by at Bunyaville Conservation Park. Ride or drive the short distance from Samford Conservation Park to Bunyaville Conservation Park as shown on the locality map (PDF, 171K). D’Aguilar National Park and sections of the Koala Bushland Coordinated Conservation Area also have shared trails and designated mountain-bike trails, many of the trails in these areas have large hill climbs and require a higher level of fitness.

Follow the give-way code

Give way sign
  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders, and alert others when approaching them.
  • Walkers must give way to horses.

Ride safely

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Plan ahead. Ride within your ability and according to track conditions.
  • Slow down and consider other track users.
  • Avoid riding in large groups.
  • Never begin a ride if you can see smoke in the park; bushfires can spread quickly.
  • Do not ride after heavy or prolonged rain; gullies and creek lines may be flooded.
  • Avoid riding on soft, wet and muddy tracks.
  • Ride only on formed roads. Do not take shortcuts or form new tracks as this damages the environment and causes erosion.
  • Respect areas closed to riding.

Picnic and day-use areas

Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the Ironbark Gully picnic area. Timber barbecues, firewood, picnic tables and toilets are provided.

Viewing wildlife

The nectar-rich, creamy-white flowers of the narrow-leaved red ironbark Eucalyptus crebra provide a feast for lorikeets, rosellas, powerful owls, flying-foxes and koalas. You may also see the stunning Joseph’s coat moth Agarista agricola out during the day, displaying its amazing colours. Samford Conservation Park is also home to the brushtail possum and a number of other mammals, reptiles and birds.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

  • Wear sturdy shoes and take drinking water when walking.
  • There are no bins provided so please take rubbish bags with you and ensure all rubbish is removed from the park.
  • Wear protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent for protection from the sun and biting insects.
  • Pick up after your dog—bring disposable bags to collect your dog's droppings.

Opening hours

Samford Conservation Park is open 24 hours. For your safety, walk and ride in daylight hours only. Remember, camping is not permitted in the park.

Pets

Dogs are allowed in Samford Conservation Park but must be on a leash at all times. Dogs and horses are not permitted on designated walking tracks or mountain-bike only trails.

Dogs and horses are not allowed in picnic areas.

Climate and weather

Samford Conservation Park enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range in Brisbane is 22–30 °C in summer and 12–22 °C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • For your safety stay on existing tracks and roads.
  • Ensure you have drinking water, sturdy footwear and sun protection.
  • Plan to complete your walk and/or ride well before dark.
  • Reduce theft by removing valuables from your vehicle and taking them with you.
  • Take care near fire. Supervise children and always extinguish with water, not sand or dirt.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to help prevent tick and other insect bites or stings.
  • Detour around snakes, never provoke them.

In an emergency

In case of an accident or other emergency please:

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • call 106 for a text-only message for deaf or speech or hearing impaired callers
  • Advise emergency services of your location and nature of your emergency, and stay on the phone until you are told to hang up.

For more information, read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Everything in this park is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants or animals.
  • Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and under control. Please pick up and dispose of your dog’s droppings responsibly.
  • Stay on track—do not cut corners or create new tracks.
  • Take rubbish home with you as no bins are provided.
  • Light fires only in the barbecues provided. Do not collect wood for fires from the park.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

Samford Conservation Park protects many plants such as the flowering slug herb Aneilema acuminatum. Photo: Ian Whitheyman, Queensland Government

Samford Conservation Park protects many plants such as the flowering slug herb Aneilema acuminatum. Photo: Ian Whitheyman, Queensland Government

Samford Conservation Park is a sanctuary for many native Australian plants and animals. This multiple-use park provides essential habitat for flora and fauna in South East Queensland.

Samford Conservation Park is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing for its conservation values and recreational opportunities.

Tourism information links

Brisbane Visitor Information Centre
www.visitbrisbane.com.au
Queen Street Mall
Brisbane QLD 4002
Phone: (07) 3006 6290
Fax: (07) 3006 6250
Email:

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

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Last updated
23 May 2017