TIME: 6.5 Hours
Your journey starts at our meeting point on our private property at 7791 Cunningham Highway, Clumber, 4309.
If you have elected to self-drive, please make your way to the above address, to meet the rest of the group and your Scenic Rim Trail guides at 8:30am on the morning of your departure. If you have pre-booked a transfer from Spicers Balfour Hotel, please be there no later than 7:00am.
You’ll start your journey with a vehicle transfer to Mt Mitchell where you will commence the 5 kilometre hike to the summit. As you gently ascend the mountain, the sounds of the busy Cunningham Highway will transition to the melodic call and song of native birds.
Along the way, your guides will identify the local plant and animal species and share stories from the rich local history of this region.
By now, the rainforest is long gone, and you are walking through a vast dry eucalypt forest until you reach Millarvale Creek where you will have a brief stop for afternoon tea. Depending on the rainfall of the season, listen to the soft-flowing and soothing sounds of the water running over the rocks on the creek bed and feast your eyes on an abundance of birdlife including bright blue superb fairy wrens and rich red scarlet honeyeaters.
Keeping your eyes peeled for wallabies, you will cross open woodland forest to Spicers Canopy at around 4pm. A warm welcome from our Camp Host and onsite Chef await along with freshly made afternoon tea and cold beverages. There is now time to unwind, relax in a bean bag, take a dip in the hot tub and have a hot shower before meeting your group back in the main lodge for your chef-prepared and locally sourced evening meal.
After dinner, the journey continues around the outdoor fire as you gaze up to the night sky and discover the constellations, learning the ways the early settlers used the stars to navigate their way through this region.
The generous blanket of stars you’ll view tonight is one of our favourite features of the Scenic Rim.
TIME: 8 Hours
Your path today has only been travelled by a select few and on this journey, we hope you make lasting discoveries and connections with the natural world and those around you.
After breakfast, you will begin a gentle meander along Oakey Creek on Spicers private property, where you’ll have the opportunity to look for goannas, wedge tail eagles and wallabies. From here, we turn east and begin our ascent to Spicers Peak, keeping your eyes peeled for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo and by mid-morning we take a break and boil the billy.
From here, you will continue climbing, but it is worth the effort as you break above the tree line and are rewarded with panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range, Mt Mitchell and Spicers Canopy in the distance.
There is one final push before lunch, using a support rope to climb up to where the trail leads from a drier grass tree plateau, through to the dense rainforest of Spicers Peak, complete with giant ferns, grass trees and awe-inspiring three hundred-year-old hoop pines.
After a lovely relaxed walk through the cool temperate forest, take a seat at our designated stop and enjoy a well-deserved lunch before pushing on for the last 2 hours of the hike. A stretch of downhill leads you across a saddle and onto the final ascent up Cedar Mountain where you will find the luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge.
You have made it! Congratulate each other on completion of the walk at the top of the mountain and from there walk as a group to our rest stop at Spicers Peak Lodge, where refreshing towels and beverages will be waiting for you.
Cheers to finishing the walk, before you are all transferred back down to Spicers Canopy to enjoy your final night with us on the Scenic Rim Trail.
The celebratory dinner is your chance to relish in the achievement of the last two days and cement the lasting friendships forged out of a shared experience.