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Spicers Scenic Rim Trail (Queensland) 5-Day Luxury Guided Hike

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Duration

5 Days

Distance

48 km

Difficulty

Advanced

Tour Type

Overnight

Tour Overview

Join The Hike Collective in collaboration with Spicers Retreats in this magnificent once in a lifetime opportunity to walk the breathtaking Scenic Rim Trail in Queensland.  Walk along the Great Dividing Range, through World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest and see the native fauna and flora in all its glory. Experience wild luxury as you traverse through the Scenic Rim, only one hour from Brisbane. After 10 years of planning, you can be among the first to experience it.

Fulfilling the original vision of its founders, the Spicers Scenic Rim Trail Five-Day walk is a remarkable Queensland experience. Ascend the dramatic peaks, ridges and escarpments of the Main Range National Park from the Mistake Mountains in the north to Cunningham’s Gap. Be led by our expert guides, interpreting the wonder and history of this region of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia – a declared World Heritage Area. At the end of each day’s walk you will be welcomed with champagne and hot showers, chef prepared meals and the relaxed luxury Spicers is famous for. It’s an escape to nature without sacrificing the finer things.

Pricing: 
$3,190pp twin share 
Single supplement is $400pp (to have a private room each night)

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking with the balance due one month prior to departure.
1.75% credit card surcharges will be applicable to bookings, if you prefer to pay via direct deposit no fees will apply.

Bookings will be manually confirmed and payment will be collected from Spicers Retreats within two days of placing your booking.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Five days of hiking a total of 48km
  • Five nights single or twin accommodation at Spicers Bush Camps
  • All meals with breakfast and dinner being enjoyed at camp each day
  • All beverages including wine, beer, cider, gin, whiskey, vodka plus soft drink & juice
  • Experienced trail guide
  • Hiking gear including day pack, hydration equipment and water bottle provided
  • Porterage each day

Tour Itinerary

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DAY ONE | SPICERS HIDDEN VALE - GRANDCHESTER

Welcome Day
Spicers Hidden Vale – Grandchester

Spicers Hidden Vale is a historic 12,000-acre former cattle station. A number of buildings, including the barn and Chinese cottage are over 100 years old. You will learn about the history of the property including the unfortunate burning down (twice) of the homestead exactly 99 years apart. It’s said that Ian Fleming got his inspiration for James Bond 007 from former British spy and Hidden Vale resident Sidney Cotton.

After the welcome, we enjoy a short walk over to the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre, a purpose-built $5m facility designed to rehabilitate and breed endangered animals in partnership with the University of Queensland. Wildlife we may come across include White Cheeked Wallabies, Australian King Parrots and Wedged Tailed Eagles. Hidden Vale is home to a healthy Koala population so sightings are possible.

As the sun starts to set you’ll join the market garden tour learning about the produce & unique methods used by our chefs. Spicers Hidden Vale is home to the renowned One Chef Hat restaurant Homage, led by Head Chef Ash Martin. You’ll learn how fire has become integral to his cooking following the burning down of Homage in the 2018 fire.

Tonight will be a dining experience as you taste foods from across the Scenic Rim region and the retreat itself. All of the dishes have been prepared with an element of fire and you’ll be able to watch the chefs cook in their outside coal-fired kitchen. After dinner, you’ll retire for a good night’s rest before we embark tomorrow.

DAY TWO | SPICERS HIDDEN VALE TO SPICERS MOUNT MISTAKE FARMHOUSE

7KM | 4-5 Hours | Moderate to Difficult

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll board our purpose built 4WD to be transferred through our private nature reserve to the Spicers Scenic Rim Trailhead. All your luggage will be transported for you.

Over the next five hours, we’ll slowly ascend through our private Nature Refuge. As we climb higher through the western part of the Scenic Rim you will learn about the history and ecology of the region. Mount Mistake is part of the ‘Main Range,’ a collection of over 40 mountain peaks, which are the remnants of a volcano that was active some 24 million years ago.

The panoramic views open up as we head towards the ridgeline. The trail weaves through open eucalypt forests. Your mind will start to clear as you breathe in the fresh mountain air and the bird calls will become louder as your ears tune into the sounds of the bush.

As we make our way along the ridgeline we enter a unique ecosystem, which protects an endangered species of rock wallaby. We’ll stop for morning tea on top of a rocky outcrop with views as far as the eye can see. Your guide will prepare you a cup of tea while you rest and take in your surroundings before we continue on.

Throughout the trail, you’ll notice the beautiful xanthorrhoea grass trees with their green spiky bloom and charcoal trunk that feels like dragon scales. Grass trees are long-lived and slow growing with a lifespan of up to 250 years. You’ll come across trees that are up to 4m tall and hundreds of years old. As you stand below and peer up you’ll feel a sense of wonder.

Your first day of walking is rewarded with the most incredible views along the range. You’ll walk along the ridgeline with plenty of time to pause and take it in. We’ll take the opportunity to have lunch while enjoying the views over the Little Liverpool Ranges and the fresh breezes that rise from the valley below. As we come out of the forest and into the farmland the ground rolls gently towards the Spicers Mount Mistake Farmhouse. You’ll be greeted with a well-earned beverage arriving with a sense of achievement having completed your first walk.

With some free time in the afternoon, you might want to relax and enjoy the amazing views, while others might want to take a self-guided stroll to the local waterfall. Each of the six bedrooms has its own private ensuite and after a hot shower we’ll settle in for the evening around the stone fireplace. A hearty dinner will be served on our communal table as we share stories of the day that’s been.

DAY THREE | MT MISTAKE FARMHOUSE TO SPICERS AMPHITHEATRE ECO CABINS

18KM | 8 Hours | Easy to Moderate

Today we pass over from Spicers land into the Main Range National Park. As you venture forward you will feel the forest folding in around you. The area we are exploring is of national significance following the 1994 declaration by the World Heritage Committee. Some 14 years ago Gondwana rainforests including most of the Main Range National Park was decreed a World Heritage Area. You will learn about the fascinating ecology of the rainforest and surrounding ecosystems along your journey.

There is also a curious history to the region having been extensively logged in the 1900’s. Walking through living history makes you truly appreciate those who fought for national park protection in the region. The path we take is, in fact, an old logging trail and you will see remnants of the past & learn of its history as you traverse the landscape.

Today’s walk is smooth going and relatively flat so while its the longest day by distance it’s easily achieved. Today will likely be a day of reflection as you enjoy the chatter with your fellow walkers, learn from your guide and take solace in the quiet stretches. Your mind will clear as it focuses on what’s in front of you rather than the future or the past.

In the final stretch of your day we emerge from the forest and onto the ‘winder trail’ you can see the old iron winder that was once used by timber getters to winch the logs along. We turn off the open cut trail and through our final stretch of forest before arriving at Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins.

As you walk into camp you’ll see a sense of awe with the light coloured wooden treehouse like cabins set above the forest floor. The eco-cabins have been built to the highest sustainability standards and you’ll enjoy a tour of the camp after you’ve had a hot shower, rested and before congregating in the common pavilion for a hearty dinner & well-earned beverage.

You are assured of a good night’s rest in your private cabin with signature Spicers beds, separate room for sorting your gear and a daybed that can be used as a single bed should you prefer. Each cabin has a private balcony with an incredible louvre window that opens up to the views of the valley below and the mountain behind. The camp got its name from its amphitheatre setting, an open circular space with a central space for the cabins.

After dinner, you’ll retire to your cabin. As you wind down and drift off you’ll hear birds calling and possibly the throaty ‘ok-ok-ok-ok’ call of the endangered Fleay’s barred frog.

DAY FOUR | SPICERS AMPHITHEATRE TO SPICERS TIMBER GETTERS ECO CABINS

8.7KM | 8 Hours | Moderate (with steps)

Setting out after breakfast, today explores a number of ecosystems venturing deep into the national park. The lookout vantage points early in the day offer a spectacular view of Mount Castle. As we descend we become enveloped by the canopy and this natural cover will provide cool temperatures throughout the day.

The ecosystems of today’s journey are particularly noticeable starting in a wooded forest with beautiful walkways fringed by boulders & contrasting bright green foliage. We cross a dry rocky creek bed and as you look up and down it’s a magical sight.

Enjoy stepping back in time and absorb the forest around you. Large stands of red cedar, white beech and hoop pine once stood proudly in these forests. Search the forest for the subtle reminders of the harvesting that took place here between 1840 and 1985?

As we journey deeper we enter an unharvested section of the park and the trees get thicker and taller, don’t forget to look up. In the towering trees above you’ll see giant staghorn air plants, these beautiful plants grow without soil and will grow just about anywhere so long as they receive filtered light & are protected from winds. Keep an eye out for Albert’s lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristlebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail

We’ll take lunch at ‘the cathedral’ a zone of giant Crow’s Ash trees (Australian Teak) hundreds of years old. The circumference of some of these beauties is astounding. As you rest quietly it feels as though you are sitting among a village of elders.

As we take our final descent the path crisscrosses the ridge and we take leave of the rainforest and traverse through an ancient eucalypt forest. As the canopy opens you may encounter kookaburras, pale-headed rosellas or if you are lucky a wedge-tailed eagle.

Reaching the valley floor we arrive at the source of Dalrymple creek with mountain spring water flowing & a cool green pool to swim in during the warmer months. We’ll rest a while and you can refill your water bottle from the waterfall. From here it is a gentle ascent into Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins.

Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea are enjoyed on the trail, arriving into camp in the afternoon.

DAY FIVE | SPICERS TIMBER GETTERS TO SPICERS HIDDEN PEAKS CABINS

13.7KM | 7 Hours | Easy to Moderate

After a restful sleep in your private cabin, we’ll enjoy breakfast before crossing a rocky saddle and re-entering the rainforest with magnificent tree ferns and the sounds of Albert’s lyrebirds before ending with a brief scramble to a rocky outcrop. From here the spectacular views over the northern section of the park are a just reward. Much of the day will be on an open ridgeline where you’ll appreciate the full extent and vastness of the Scenic Rim.

You’ll be looking out over the Fassifern Valley, a collective of towns known for vegetable farming and in particular carrots, onions, potatoes, pumpkins & melons. The lake you see beyond, Lake Moogerah, was built in 1903 in order to irrigate the valley. It is one of four major vegetable growing regions in South East Queensland & you would have tasted the produce along your journey.

Towards the end our walk we’ll see a monument credited to Allan Cunningham, who in 1828 was the first European to find and explore the region. Cunningham’s discovery seemed to solve the problem of finding a shorter route between Moreton Bay Colony and the newly-discovered Darling Downs.

As we complete the descent of Mt Cordeaux, you’ll be quickly transported to our final destination, Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins, which sits in the shadows of Mt Greville.

Join us for a very special dinner, where we celebrate our achievements and fellowship of the past 5 days. After dinner your rustic cabin, with ensuite, crisp linen, fluffy pillows and fireplace awaits.

Your five day Spicers Scenic Rim Trail concludes as you depart with memories of a lifetime.

What To Bring

  • Light rain jacket
  • Warm jacket e.g.: light weight down jacket
  • Fleece jumper or similar x 2, beanie, gloves, scarf & thermal shirt is recommended
  • Breathable walking shirts x 4 plus shirts for evening
  • Light weight walking pants x 2 or more plus pants for evening
  • Hiking socks x 4 – foot care is important
  • Hiking boots that have been worn in
  • Change of shoes for evening (runners or comfortable shoes)
  • Plastic or ‘stuff bag’ for putting shoes or wet items into
  • Hanging toiletry bag is useful
  • Phone & camera charger

Tour Location

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Comments From Our Guests

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    Such an enjoyable experience on this hike. Fun & friendly leaders.

Additional Information

ACCOMMODATION
Experience a range of accommodation during the 5-day hike, from purpose-built, luxury eco cabins to Mount Mistake historic homestead.
SUPPLIED BY SPICERS
For Walking
- Hiking day back pack 24L
- Water bottles 1 x 750ml and 1 x 1.5l, if you prefer a Camelbak style drinking device please feel welcome to bring your own
- Packed morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea while on trail plus trail mix
- Scenic Rim Trail mug for tea & coffee on trail
Hiking poles (optional to use)
- Gaiters for your legs (optional to wear)
- Sunscreen and aeroguard insect spray
- First Aid Kits including tick removal spray

At Camp
- Your luggage is transferred for you each day so all you carry is your day pack
- All your bed linen – towels, sheets, face washers
- Bathroom products including Appelles shampoo, conditioner, body wash & moisturiser
- All meals with breakfast and dinner being enjoyed at camp each day
- All beverages including wine, beer, cider, gin, whiskey, vodka plus soft drink & juice
SAMPLE MENU
Fresh fruit is available for you to take each morning with salted or unsalted trail mix.
Our menus change seasonally and may vary according to the availability of produce.
Dietary requirements are well catered for with advance notice.

BREAKFAST
Avocado on sourdough toast with feta & dukkah
Muesli, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast & juice

MORNING TEA
Choice of boiled egg and/or savoury muffin

BENTO BOX LUNCH
Harvest salad with smoked chicken & pomegranate
Fresh bread roll
Raspberries & blueberries

AFTERNOON TEA
Homemade protein energy ball

SUNSET DRINKS
Tasting plate of local produce

DINNER
Roast heirloom tomato soup
Warwick slow roasted lamb leg
Lemon myrtle green peas
Tomato and zucchini salad
Confit garlic & rosemary roasted potato medley
House baked bread
Local chocolate & port by the fire
FITNESS LEVEL
We are exploring a region that was millions of years in the making and where few people have gone before you. Consequently most days we will be walking on some Grade 4 & 5 tracks (Australian Walking Trade Grading Standard) which means tracks are less defined and can be rough and steep in places.

Being out in nature is part of the adventure and a good level of fitness is required. The 5-day walk includes 4 – 8 hours on trail each day covering a total distance of 48km. You will be walking for 4 days with the arrival day being the first day.

You’ll arrive every night with a sense of accomplishment, ready for a great meal and a restful sleep!
WHAT DO I CARRY?
The only equipment you will carry is your hiking pack and the essentials you need for the walk that day. Items might include a camera/GoPro, jumper/warm top layer, any personal medications you require, hat and sunglasses, water bottle, and your pre-prepared lunch. Your guides will carry tea and coffee supplies for use on trail.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
We can organise a transfer for you from Spicers Balfour Hotel located in New Farm Brisbane or to/ from Brisbane Airport. As a special bonus, this is included complimentary for this tour with The Hike Collective, saving you $150 per person return.
HOW MANY GUESTS WILL BE ON THE WALK?
Each day will have a maximum of 10 guests.
CAN I STAY AT SPICERS BALFOUR HOTEL THE NIGHT BEFORE OR AFTER MY TRIP?
Yes. We offer a discount for bed and breakfast accommodation at Spicers Balfour Hotel in Brisbane for our Scenic Rim Trail guests, which includes a beautiful gourmet breakfast. Please call our Reservations Team to book on 13 77 42.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Payment: 50% due at the time of booking & the balance is payable 30 days prior to arrival.

Travel Insurance & booking conditions:

In the circumstance of the booking being cancelled, the following terms and conditions will apply: Between 45 and 31 days (inclusive) prior to the arrival date of this booking, a cancellation fee of 50% will apply. Less than 30 days (inclusive) prior to the arrival date of this booking, any cancellations or changes to the booking, will incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the total rate for the booking. Please note: a date change to the booking has the same effect as a cancellation, as of 30 days from day of arrival. Any no-shows or early departures will also be charged for.

It is recommended that you take out Travel Insurance prior to your arrival on the Scenic Rim Trail. Please make yourself familiar with these terms and conditions along with any other relevant travel costs associated with your trip. Spicers recommend using Covermore for travel insurance.
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