Build up an appetite at the first stop, Samford Conservation Park. This is a “choose your own adventure” situation with multiple walking track options. You can just do the easy walking track around the Ironbark picnic area or you can go on much longer more challenging treks on the shared trails. Dogs are allowed on the tracks as signed but be sure to keep them on leash at all times.
There are so many dog café options in Samford, but our new favourite place is Little Tree Bake and Brew House. Established by the masters behind the Flying Nun of course the food at Little Tree is amazing. Set beside the picturesque Samford Creek is Little Trees humungous outdoor area, both undercover and open to the sky. Enjoy!
There are a multitude of parking/picnic areas along Cedar Creek each with different access down to the creek. This is a beautiful creek which you could enjoy just sitting on the banks and paddling your feet or paws in the water. For the more adventurous, it’s a lot of fun to go rock hopping up and down the creek. I do recommend a long lead though as dogs are meant to be on leash at all times so short leads make rock hopping a little tricky!
Entangled is an intriguing space combining delicious food with bespoke artworks, indoor plants and a lovely setting beside the excessively named Terror Creek. Plenty of indoor/outdoor space for you and the pooch to enjoy surrounded by greenery.
What better way to finish the day than with ice-creams all round! Life’s sweet is an ice-creamery and lolly shop with treats for humans and puppers alike. They serve Maleny Ice-cream and Hugo’s doggie ice cream. This is where Fox had her first taste and she loved it – Peanut butter and bacon for life!
While the stops are of course fantastic, the scenery on this trip is worth its own special mention – green rolling hills with views out to the west and to the north in places this is one beautiful day in the country