This truly unique adventure starts in the foothills of South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park, an area famous for its stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus.
From here, experienced guides will lead you through a region that contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, numerous state forests and national parks. The Scenic Rim region is a real treasure trove of unique plants, animals and distinctive vegetation types. The mountains preserve living links to Australia’s ancient past, while one of Australia’s two species of lyrebird inhabits the region’s rainforest and wet eucalypt forests. The stories, rituals and traditions of the indigenous inhabitants are woven around the natural environment and highlight their connection to a living landscape.
Combined with large portions of private land, including Spicers Peak Station, a 2,800 hectare nature reserve, you’ll enjoy a rare opportunity to explore land previously only touched by early pioneers.Throughout your journey you’ll also hear tell of stories, rituals and traditions of the region’s indigenous inhabitants – people forever woven into the natural environment of this land.
On the final night as a guest of Spicers Retreats, you can expect luxurious accommodation, gourmet food and wine, and attentive service at Spicer’s Peak Lodge.
Canopy Eco Lodge is a permanent, private, luxury campsite that sits on top of a grass covered hill and enjoys stunning views towards Mount Mitchell, Spicers Peak and Mount Cordeaux. There are 10 uniquely luxurious safari-style camping tents with king size beds, bedside tables with lamps, timber floors, fine linens and towels, bathrobes and a covered deck with deck chairs. The main lodge features an open plan lounge, dining area, blue stone fireplace, bathrooms with heated rainwater showers and an outdoor campfire pit with wood fired oven.
DAY ONE - MT MITCHELL TO CANOPY
Starting with a 5km walk on a graded walking track to the twin peaks of Mount Mitchell, this walk concludes with a descent into Spicers Peak Station and a walk along Millar Vale creek, arriving at Canopy Eco Lodge late afternoon in time for a gourmet dinner and award winning local wines. Amazing birdlife and 360 degree views of the Scenic Rim are highlights on this day.
DAY TWO - MILLER VALE CREEK CIRCUIT
An interesting half day hike through Millar Vale and Oaky creeks and open farm land surrounding the Luxury Ecosite will start and finish at Canopy Eco Lodge. The afternoon includes some free time for mountainbiking, relaxing and a local food and wine master class.
DAY THREE - CANOPY TO SPICERS PEAK LODGE
A 10 km ascending trail which includes various types of terrain including Mallee scrub, wet sclerophyll, ancient hoop pine forests and exciting rocky outcrops. A final ridge crossing and push to the summit will bring you out at the magnificent Spicers Peak Lodge and an evening of well-deserved pampering and exceptional food and wine. The most challenging, but the most rewarding day of the trip.
SPICERS PEAK LODGE
An early morning (optional but included) walk to Ryan’s lookout is on offer for those who are keen. For those less inclined, you can relax in the library with a book, participate in a game of tennis, purchase a spa treatment in our dedicated day spa “Spa Anise” or take an optional helicopter joy flight over Main Range National Park. Transfers back to Brisbane are around 11am.
Spicers Peak Lodge, Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge, offers a choice of luxuriously intimate accommodation in either the main lodge itself or in separate one and two bedroom Private Lodges perfectly positioned at the edge of the escarpment to make the most of the spectacular views through Spicers Gap and across one of Queensland’s most beautiful wilderness areas.
This graph loosely depicts the gradient of the track, providing you with some basic understanding of how challenging the walk will be. The graphs are useful in helping you decide which walk suits you best. Whatever your ability or fitness, there’s sure to be a walk that suits in the Great Walks of Australia collection.
COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Spicers’ objective is to create walking experiences that not only deliver a unique sense of relaxed luxury but that also exist alongside and in harmony with nature’s beauty and our local surroundings.
Our non-urban properties support bio-diversity and sustainability. We have kept 90% of our landholdings as farmland and have chosen not to develop on that land. Our freehold land is managed considerately to create a balance of ecotourism, livestock production and nature conservation.
Canopy Eco Lodge is an Advanced Ecotourism accredited site,which is totally self-sufficient and uses organic and locally grown produce. The site runs on solar power and uses filtered rainwater from our large storage tanks. It is a fantastic example of Spicers’ commitment to sustainable luxury tourism and to the maintenance and even improvement of the land on which our retreats and walks are operated.