A small town about 25km inland from Deception Bay on Brisbane’s northern fringes, Dayboro is situated on one of the alternative routes to Kingaroy.
It is also close to the northern reaches of Lake Samsonvale, a large reservoir created when the Pine River was dammed. Although the lake provides drinking water for Brisbane, angling, sailing and canoeing are allowed, and Samsonvale is also a select spot for picnickers and birdwatchers.
Historic Hay Cottage now doubles as an information centre and an outlet for the hand-crafts produced by local artists, potters, woodworkers and the like.
Much of the past is captured, too, in North Pine Country Park and Glengariff Estate. Set on a property developed from 1868 by John Foreman, Country Park is centred on a village containing faithful examples of early homes, churches, a cell-block and working stores and bakehouse.
Anchored by a magnificent Queenslander homestead, Glengariff has been in the Mullins-Doyle family since 1870 and today operates as a vineyard, restaurant and reception centre.
Dayboro is within comfortable driving distance of the Alma Park Zoo whose 18ha of gardens feature grizzly bears, sun bears, camels, deer, leopards, monkeys and strolling peacocks.