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Scenic Rim Trail

The five day Scenic Rim Trail adventure starts in the foothills of South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park, an area famous for its stunning mountains, ridges, escarpments, ancient rainforest and volcanic plateaus. From here, experienced guides lead you through a region that contains more than 30,000 hectares of nature refuges, states forests and national parks.
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Nearly two decades in the making, the all new Scenic Rim Trail is a five day guided hiking experience that pairs mountainous sub-tropical wilderness, spectacular views, ancient rainforests and eco-luxury accommodation in the Scenic Rim region, located one and a half hours of Brisbane in South East Queensland.

The Experience

Flaunting awe-inspiring views at every turn, the five-day Scenic Rim Trail takes guests along the Great Dividing Range and through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest, deeply immersing you in the treasure trove of Queensland’s diverse and fascinating native fauna and flora.

Ascend the dramatic peaks, ridges and escarpments of the Main Range National Park from the Mistake Mountains in the north, to Cunningham’s Gap in the south, in an area that contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, state forests and national parks.

Challenge yourself to take on ‘The Ladder,’ see incredible sunrises and sunsets, and experience Queensland’s UNESCO World Heritage List Gondwana Rainforest – an unforgettable experience and opportunity to connect with one of the oldest rainforests on the planet.

The Scenic Rim Trail is also extraordinary for wildlife lovers; from koalas, to kangaroos and goannas, and an abundant array of birdlife, the walk is an endless parade of beings big and small who call the Scenic Rim home.

Travelling in small groups, guests are led by experienced, passionate guides, and stay in different accommodation each night, welcomed with a cool beverage, hot shower and delicious gourmet dinner at the end of each days walking,

Relax In Comfort

The Scenic Rim Trail is a continuous through-walk and also fully portered, with guests carrying only a day pack.

A journey designed to encourage you to unwind, connect and revive, Spicers renowned ‘relaxed luxury’ is offered throughout the walk, with exclusive accommodation, low-footprint, eco-friendly amenities, and sensational food and wine.

The walk starts at Spicers Hidden Vale, a stylish historic farm home with a multi-award-winning restaurant. Then on night two, you’ll stay at Spicers Mount Mistake Farmhouse, perched on the edge of an escarpment.

The third and fourth nights are spent in state-of-the-art cabins, newly built using industry leading sustainability techniques. The Amphitheatre eco-cabins are raised high off the ground and connected by a boardwalk with shared facilities and a cosy communal lounge, while the Timber Getters eco-cabins offers the same layout with a totally unique aesthetic, built on a former historic logging site nestled into the bush.

The final night of the walk is at the newly refurbished Hidden Peaks Cabins – handcrafted timber slab huts each with their own ensuite and a unique mountain view.

Extend The Journey

An additional two day walk can be added to the five day Scenic Rim Trail to create a seven day experience.

For those who would like to book this extended journey, you can look forward to an extra two nights at Spicers Canopy Luxury Tents, a glamping site with safari-style tents.

Transfers and extra nights at nearby Spicers Retreats can also be arranged to complete your trip.

Committed to the Environment

Sustainability has been a core focus of Spicers Retreats from the start and something they strive for every day. With a goal of zero net emissions and zero waste by 2030, they are continuing to find new ways to reduce their impact on the environment.

Their non-urban properties support biodiversity and sustainability; 90% of the freehold land is managed considerately to create a balance of ecotourism, livestock production and nature conservation, and only 10% is used as farmland.

Spicers are dedicated to reducing their impact on the environment. You can read more about their sustainability story here.

Walk Overview

  • Accessed via Brisbane, QLD
  • Duration: 5 days / 5 nights
  • Distance: 60km
  • Grade: Moderate to Hard
  • Walk operates: February to November
  • Bush trails, rainforest, rock scrambles, rock ladder, steep sections and some grade five tracks
  • Group size: Max 12
  • Av. Km per day: 13km
  • Rates: From $3,390 per person 5-day twin share or $4890 for a single room
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Reviews

"What a privilege to hike this track. Walking through mystical World Heritage Listed rainforest - where few people have the opportunity to go. Guides were amazing. Hike was challenging (in a positive and rewarding way). Accommodation five star."

Guest – Scenic Rim Trail

Elevation Graph

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.

* Elevations are indicative only and are not to scale. Walkers should contact individual walk companies to better understand the terrain and difficulty of each walk.

  • Walk Itinerary

  • Day One Start your journey at Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat. Start your journey at Spicers Hidden Vale. Old Hidden Vale Station is a 12,000 acre property rich in history and conservation. Enjoy a light lunch before visiting the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre to see the inspirational work the team are doing with wildlife management and conservation. You will then join researchers in the field on their daily koala monitoring. The afternoon is spent at your leisure and we highly recommend doing the chef led Market Garden Tour. Dinner tonight is at chef-hatted restaurant, Homage. Enjoy two-courses with matching wines as your guide provides you with a briefing for the journey ahead.
  • Day Two 10km, moderate to difficult, 4-5 hours, with 600m elevation gain, rock ladder & steep sections. Thornton Trailhead to Spicers Mount Mistake Farmhouse. Following breakfast you will be transferred to the start of the walk with your backpacks, lunch and water pre-packed. You will pass through dry sclerophyll forest with sweeping views and wildlife spotting is on the agenda today. The endangered Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby is found in this region as are birds of prey such as the Peregrine Falcon. Afternoon tea will be served on the escarpment overlooking the valley below. Share style dinner is served before enjoying fireside drinks afterwards.
  • Day Three 18km, easy to moderate, 8 hours, mostly grade 3 track with some obstacles Sunrise on the escarpment offers a beautiful start to the day (optional). After breakfast, step across the border into the Main Range National Park. Evidence of European history can be found along the trail as old logging equipment once discarded can be seen. Learn how logging changed this ecosystem and spot some remaining Red Cedar and Hoop Pine. In the final portion of the day we walk deep into the rainforest on a private grade five track that takes us into camp. On arrival into camp enjoy drinks and nibbles on the Amphitheatre viewing deck looking down into Kulgin Valley, before heading off for a warm shower and relax before dinner and drinks are served.
  • Day Four 16km, moderate to difficult, 8 hours, grade 3 - 5 track with some steps Spicers Mount Mistake Farmhouse to Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins. Spend an exciting day mostly under rainforest canopy, enjoying the sounds of the rainforest birds as you walk. Half of today is on grade five track with the guides leading the way on the unmarked trails. We ascend down some rocky boulder sections that require you to go slowly, before arriving into Dalrymple Creek. The last section of the day offers a climb up to camp where your hosts will be waiting to welcome you with drinks and a grazing platter for afternoon tea. Yet another delicious dinner will be served before retiring to your cabin with a tilt door that opens out into the bush.
  • Day Five 16km, easy to moderate, 7 hours, grade 3 - 5 track Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins. A variety of diverse ecosystems will be explored today as we emerge from the rainforest, through montane heath and out to the ridgeline where the most incredible views await. After a steep climb to the top of Bare Rock, we stop for lunch and look back at where we have just walked. From here we join the public trail to Mount Cordeaux and down through the final section of rainforest to Cunningham’s Gap where a vehicle will be waiting to take you to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins. Your final destination for the night where a special treat awaits your arrival. Enjoy a celebratory dinner tonight, then sit by one of the two outdoor fire pits with your fellow walkers to share stories of your adventures. The next morning you will have a BBQ breakfast before being transferred back to Spicers Hidden Vale by vehicle. There is the option to upgrade and travel in style with a helicopter transfer, where you will re-trace the trail from the sky (note the 2022 season includes the helicopter transfer in the overall package price).
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