TIME: 6.5 Hours
Your journey starts at the meeting point on our private property at 7791 Cunningham Highway, Clumber, 4309. If you have chosen to self-drive, please make your way to the above address to meet the group and your Scenic Rim Trail guides by 8.30am on the morning of your walk departure. If you have pre-booked a transfer from Spicers Balfour Hotel, please be ready for a 7am departure.
You’ll start your journey with a vehicle transfer to the Main Range National Park. The walk starts on Australia’s Great Dividing Range. Today we ascend Mount Mitchell, where the views rival those of the Blue Mountains. After lunch, walkers will cross into Spicers private land and descend into camp.
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 on a bean bag or in the lounge, 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 followed by star gazing on clear nights.
TIME: 8 Hours
Your path today has only been travelled by a select few. 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. By mid-morning we take a break and boil the ‘billy’ for a tea or coffee.
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 300 year-old hoop pine trees.
After a lovely relaxed walk through the cool temperate dense Gondwana rainforest, take a seat at our designated stop and enjoy a well-deserved lunch before pushing on for the last two 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.