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Scenic Rim Trail

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, ancient rainforest and volcanic plateaus. From here, experienced guides will lead you through a region that contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, state forests and national parks.
This walk is operated by
Spicers
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The Scenic Rim Trail is a 5 day, 5 night guided experience that pairs incredible natural beauty with spectacular accommodation.

Exploring rainforests throughout the Main Range National Park and adjoining Spicers’ nature refuges, walkers enjoy a rare opportunity to explore land previously only touched by Indigenous Australians and early pioneers.

The region is a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and distinctive vegetation most notably the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest. The mountains preserve living links to Australia’s ancient past, while wallabies, koalas and one of Australia’s two species of lyrebird inhabit the region.

A shorter 2 day/2 night version is also on offer for those seeking a shorter journey.

Exclusive Accommodation

The Scenic Rim Trail is a continuous walking experience with unique accommodation sites. Experience Spicers’ renowned ‘relaxed luxury’ with custom made beds, modern Australian design, all the creature comforts & luggage portered for you daily.

Night 1: Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat staying in beautifully appointed valley view rooms. A historic farm with a hatted restaurant.

Night 2:  Mount Mistake Farmhouse by the edge of an escarpment. Each bedroom has an ensuite & the stone fireplace is where we gather.

Night 3: The Amphitheatre Eco Cabins are raised high off the ground connected by a boardwalk with shared facilities & cosy communal lounge.

Night 4: Nestled into the bushland Timber Getters Eco Cabins offers the same layout with a totally unique aesthetic. These state of the art cabins are built using industry leading sustainability techniques, which you will learn about.

Night 5:  Hidden Peaks Cabins offers handcrafted timber slab huts each with their own ensuite and a unique mountain view.

Rates from $3,190 for 5-nights or $1,490 for 2-nights. Contact Spicers for single occupancy rates. Add on nights at Spicers Hidden Vale, Spicers Peak Lodge or Spicers Balfour Hotel can be arranged with a special Great Walks of Australia rate available. Transfers can be arranged & price is on request.

Committed to the Environment

Spicers Retreats objective is to create walking experiences that deliver a unique sense of relaxed luxury, existing in harmony with nature’s beauty and the local surroundings. 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. Only 10% is used as farmland.

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 their commitment to sustainable tourism and to the maintenance and improvement of the land on which the Scenic Rim Trail operates.

Walk Overview

  • Accessed via Brisbane, QLD
  • Duration: 5 days / 5 nights
  • Distance: 47km
  • Grade: Moderate to Hard
  • Walk operates: March to November
  • Bush trails, rainforest, rocky sections, steep sections on day 2
  • Group size: Max 16
  • Av. Km per day: 13km
  • Rates: From $3,190pp 5-day, twin share or $1,490pp, 2-day, twin share
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  • Walk Itinerary

  • Day One Old Hidden Vale Station is a 12,000 acre property rich in history and conservation. Following lunch your first afternoon will be spent immersing yourself in the conservation activity as you join researchers on their daily koala monitoring.Following a tour of the wildlife centre you will be transferred to your accommodation. Dinner with matched wines will be enjoyed as your guide provides you with a briefing for the journey ahead. Today is an arrival day with no walking.
  • Day Two 7km approx. 4-5 hours with 550m elevation gain, rock ladder & steep sections.Following breakfast you will be transferred to the start of the walk with your backpacks, lunch & water pre-packed. You will feel energised as you walk up the Mistake Mountain Range, learning about the geology and volcanic history as you go. Open sclerophyll forest, sweeping views & wildlife spotting are on the agenda today.The endangered Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby is found in this region as are birds of prey that sweep the valleys below. An add on waterfall walk is available this afternoon for those who wish to add a little extra. Afternoon tea will be enjoyed at the Farmhouse with share style dinner & fireside drinks to be enjoyed afterwards.
  • Day Three 18km easy to moderate with approx. 8 hours on trail. We’ll encourage you to wake up early and watch the sunrise, the Scenic Rim has one of the best vantage points in Queensland. After breakfast we’ll be stepping across the border and 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. You’ll see and learn how logging changed this ecosystem and spot some remaining Red Cedar and Hoop Pine. As we venture further you will have your first encounter with Gondwana Rainforest as the canopy closes in around you.
  • Day Four 8.7km moderate to difficult with some steps approx. 8hrs on trail.Shorter in kilometres with vastly different terrain from the previous day. An exciting day spent mostly under rainforest canopy with two descents taking you down into Dalrymple Creek before a final climb into camp.The Scenic Rim is custodian to the largest area of rainforest in south east Queensland and you will get to experience it in all its glory. Many find the rainforest soothing and feel a sense of being restored. You’ll learn about the subtropical environment that surrounds you & further appreciate its significance.
  • Day Five 13km moderate approx. 8hrs on trail.A variety of diverse ecosystems will be explored today as we emerge from the rainforest, through montane heath and out to the ridge line where the most incredible views await us. The volcanic history of the region is easily spotted from this vantage point as you look back along the ridge line tracing where you’ve come.The walk to Mt Cordeaux and down through the final section of rainforest slowly awakens you as you learn how Cunningham Gap and the highway that runs through it was vital for connecting inland & coastal Queensland.