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.
Spicers Canopy is a permanent, private, glamping site 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 SPICERS 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 Spicers Canopy 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 WALK
Today you will enjoy a relaxed half day walk discovering the beautiful and historical Millar Vale and Oaky Creeks, believed to have been the original route for Indigenous traders passing across the Great Dividing Range from inland Australia to the coast. For lunch, you will make your way back to Spicers Canopy for homemade wood-fired pizzas before a well deserved afternoon of relaxation and rejuvenation.
DAY THREE - SPICERS CANOPY TO SPICERS PEAK LODGE
The most challenging day of the experience so far (15km), but definitely the most rewarding. You will hike through various types of terrain including, the dense rainforest of Spicers Peak complete with giant ferns, grass trees and 1,000-year-old hoop pines. As you make you way out to the ridge line before the final ascent up Cedar Mountain, you encounter breathtaking awe-inspiring views of the Scenic Rim. Arriving at Spicers Peak Lodge in the afternoon, you will be warmly welcomed by the friendly staff with refreshing beverages and afternoon tea before you indulge in the 5-course degustation dinner with paired wines later that night.
DAY FOUR - NORTHERN LOOKOUT
Take an early morning hike with your guide at 7am to the Northern Lookout, who will provide an in-depth look at the history and creation around Spicers Peak Lodge as well as further interpretation of the plant and animal life along the way. Upon your arrival at the Northern Lookout, you will view Spicers Canopy through the mountains, tracing your journey over the last few days. Enjoy a tea or coffee here at the lookout before walking back up to the Lodge for a tasty breakfast. Transfers will be provided back to Brisbane or your vehicles around 11am.
The Height of Luxury
On the final night of the Scenic Rim Trail, you’ll enjoy the award-winning hospitality of Spicers Peak Lodge, Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge. Set atop a mountain on 8, 000 acres and enveloped by World Heritage listed Main Range National Park and the Great Dividing Range, Spicers Peak Lodge offers an exclusive, intimate Australian wilderness lodge experience.
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 Retreats 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.
Spicers Canopy 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.