Sun - Oct 25
Tue - Oct 27
Adults
- 2 +

5-Day Walk:

We look forward to welcoming you on the 5-day Spicers Scenic Rim Trail. To help with your planning and preparation we have compiled a detailed itinerary below and helpful information sheets to download.

Day 1

Meeting details

Group meeting time is 1pm at Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat at reception. If you would like to have lunch at Homage before we can arrange a booking for you. If you are self driving you will park your vehicle here for your journey otherwise a transfer can be pre-arranged to/from Brisbane.

A Scenic Rim Trail team member will greet you and assemble the group on the front verandah. When ready the group will walk over to the Hidden Wildlife Centre (approx. 15mins) learning about the conservation initiatives of the Turner Family Foundation.

koala safari

Transferring by 4WD bus your guides will take you on a conservation inspired koala safari as you learn about the extensive koala research project that has been underway for a number of years offering an incredible opportunity to spot koalas in their native habitat.

MARKET GARDEN TOUR

Returning to the retreat by approx. 4pm you will be provided with your luggage bag, you’ll need to transfer all of your luggage into this bag and stow your case in your car. Your guide will have pointed out the long term car park
during the afternoon.

If you enjoy gardening & cooking you can join an optional yet highly recommended 4.30pm market garden tour led by one of the talented Homage chefs.

Dinner

Your group will meet for dinner at 6pm in the Homestead (sometimes the time may change). Enjoy a 2-course dinner at the hatted Homage Restaurant. Retire for a restful nights sleep ahead of your first day of walking tomorrow. Beverages are included with dinner – wine by the glass, beer/cider or non-alcoholic. If you would like to enjoy an after dinner drink you are more than welcome to do so and add to your room & pay alongside any incidentals upon departure.

Day 2

Hiking Details

10km | approx. 7-8hrs
550m ascent | moderate to hard

Breakfast

Breakfast is at 7.30am in the Homestead. We will collect your bags from your room. We recommend parking your car in the long term parking area before breakfast & double checking that you have everything. Please note during the warmer months the tour may depart earlier enjoying a continental breakfast. Your guides will greet you after breakfast  and will provide a briefing for the journey ahead.

Transfer to start of the walk

The 4WD bus transfer is approx. 30 minutes to the start of the trail with bathroom facilities available at the ‘trail head’. Your luggage will be transferred and all you will be carrying is your hiking day pack with lunch box & water bottles (all provided). Walking poles, gaiters & sunscreen are also provided.

On the trail

Magnificent views and wildlife spotting are on the agenda today with sightings of the endangered brush tailed rock wallaby a possibility. The rock ladder is a highlight of the day, with a harness & helmet your guides will lead you through this exciting experience. If you have a grave fear of heights a walk around track is available.

FOOD

Morning tea and lunch will be enjoyed on the trail an idea of the menu is chicken, sundried tomato, pumpkin salad with honey mustard dressing accompanied by beef jerky, baked treat & fresh fruit. A refreshing beverage and scones with jam & cream will be awaiting you for afternoon tea at camp.

Accommodation

Tonight you will stay in our off-grid Spicers Mt Mistake Farmhouse with 6 ensuited bedrooms, a cosy communal lounge with roaring fire place and nothing but the views & the trees surrounding you. Dinner will be at 6pm followed by after dinner drinks & dessert by the fire.

Day 3

HIKING DETAILS

18km | approx. 8hrs
Easy to Moderate | Morning tea & lunch on trail

MORNING

Sunrise on the edge of the escarpment offers a beautiful start to your day (optional), with breakfast from 7am. After some morning stretches, refilling your water bottles & collecting your lunch boxes your group will walk out at 8am.

ON THE TRAIL

Crossing over into Main Range National Park the first hour of the day takes you through eucalyptus forest with a slow & steady ascent before stepping into World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest.

6km of meandering trail allows us to take our time & enjoy the sights & sounds of the forest around us, learning about the timber getting history of the region as you go. Emerging from the rainforest onto a former logging trail, the wide open trail is perfect for walking side by side & chatting and for stretching the legs with some pace.

Taking a secret turn off towards camp the last hour of the day weaves you through ‘class 5’ track, over a creek and pops you out to enjoy some western views before arriving into Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Camp late afternoon.

FOOD

Morning tea & lunch will be enjoyed on trail arriving to cheese & wine at the Amphitheatre deck. Dinner will be at 6pm.

Accommodation

Designed with sustainability in mind the two camps in the National Park are architectural masterpieces nestled into the environment on formerly cleared areas of land. Offering stand alone cabins connected by walk ways
with two communal wash pavilions and a stunning lodge. The cabins located here are like tree houses perched above the ground.

Day 4

Hiking details

16km | approx. 8hrs
Moderate to hard | Morning tea & lunch on trail

Morning

Wake to see the tops of the trees rustling in the morning breeze. You may wish to get a tea or coffee and return to your cabin, opening the tilt door & enjoying a cuppa in bed. After some morning stretches on the deck you’ll walk out  of camp at 8am placing your luggage bags in the designated area before we go.

On the trail

Following the canopy covered road we’ll enjoy a brisk walk to warm us up and stretch the legs. Today is an adventure with lookouts, creek crossings, ascents & descents. Venturing to largely unexplored areas of the National Park you’ll get to see some giant old trees that escaped logging. With class 4 & class 5 walking trails walking poles can be good for supporting balance & stability with the rocky & exposed root tracks.

All creek crossings are dry as we use rocks to navigate our way across and keep our boots dry! Taking a quiet rest at Dalrymple creek sit and close your eyes, clear your mind and just listen to the sounds around you. The creek is habitat to the endangered Fleay’s Barred Frog so stepping carefully around their rainforest spinach food source is important.

Food

Morning tea & lunch will be enjoyed on trail before arriving to a grazing platter & drinks for afternoon tea. Enjoy some time in your cabin before a 6pm dinner.

Accommodation

Aesthetically different and architecturally the same Spicers Timber Getters offers a unique experience with towering trees above and those with a keen eye for design will appreciate the difference from the night before. Explore the historic timber getters shack and be amazed at their accommodation compared to yours!

Day 5

Hiking Details

16km | approx. 8hrs
Moderate | Morning tea & lunch on trail

Morning

Listen to the birds this part of the walk has incredible bird life. Breakfast at 7am followed by stretches and mornig preparation before walking out at 8am.

On the trail

Warming up with an early ascent through an old pine plantation originally planned for felling, the area was abandoned by timber getters many years ago. Following peaceful class 5 rainforest trails, we weave below the canopy. Some rocky sections require a slow and sturdy pace allowing us to stop and take in what’s around us. Today is Albert’s Lyrebird territory so if we are lucky we’ll hear it’s call or possibly have a sighting.

Emerging from the rainforest and onto the edge of the remnant volcano you’ll feel on top of the world with 360 degree views on a clear day. Joining with a more frequently used trail we may see fellow walkers as we descend down the mountain.

Slowly returning to the current world towards the end of the day we start to hear trucks passing over Cunningham Gap on their way to the inland highway transporting goods north & south. Feeling a great sense of achievement having completed 60km of walking over 4 days we will be greeted & transported to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins.

Food

Morning tea & lunch will be enjoyed on trail before arriving to drinks by the fire and a tasty grazing platter. Dinner will be at 6pm.

Accommodation

Staying in handmade timber huts each with their own ensuite, Spicers Hidden Peaks is a stunning place to spend your last night with the and views to the mountain range you just conquered in the background.

A celebration dinner is enjoyed by all tonight, sharing stories of the journey & delighting in what you have experienced.

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