The ultimate Scenic Rim Trail adventure
There are two ways to experience the 6-day walk. Either book a dedicated departure per the itinerary below or combine a 4-day & 2-day walk at a time that suits you.
Dedicated 6-day / 7-night tour
Location: 1.5hrs from Brisbane
Nights: 7 nights
Walking days: 6 days
Grade: Moderate to hard
Group size: Max. 12
Distance: approx. 80km in total
Price: $6945 pp twin share
Solo traveller rate: $10,469
Stay: 6 different Spicers locations
Thu 14 Apr 2022
Wed 13 Jul 2022
Wed 10 Aug 2022
Wed 14 Sep 2022
Wed 12 Oct 2022
Difficulty | moderate to hard
Distance | 12km
Grade 4 trail
Meet your guides & fellow walkers at 7.30am Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat located at 617 Grandchester Mt Mort Road Grandchester (pre-tour accommodation can be arranged subject to availability).
You will park your vehicle here for the duration of the trip. Please note undercover parking is not available, if this is a concern we can assist with arranging transfers. Make your way to reception once you have arrived where your guides will be waiting to greet you.
We will issue you with your hiking gear (if using ours) and transfer your luggage into the bus before departing for the start of the walk, which is a 40min drive away.
Today is an adventurous day that sees you climb up the Mistake Mountain Range with a 600m largely undulating ascent. The ecosystem is dry sclerophyll forest with incredible views afforded throughout the day. The trail is steep in sections and we use the natural rock gullys to navigate some sections so be prepared to use your hands as well as your feet.
A highlight of the day is the 16m rock ladder, which you’ll be safely harnessed to. You will cheer each other on as each group member makes it to the top. If you have a grave fear of heights you can walk around.
We aim to arrive into camp by approx. 3.30pm each day (depending on conditions & the group) where your host will be eagerly awaiting your arrival.
From here the afternoon is at your leisure ahead of your daily briefing in the lounge before a share style dinner at around 6pm.
You will be staying at Spicers Mt Mistake Farmhouse tonight. An off-grid six bedroom house on top of a mountain with only the birds & the trees as your neighbours. Each room has it’s own ensuite and the beds have electric blankets during winter.
Difficulty | moderate
Distance | 18km
Grade 3 & 5 trails
Breakfast is served at 7am with tea and coffee available earlier (times may vary depending on the time of year and conditions).
After breakfast you will pack your luggage and make your final preparations for the day. Your guides will provide you with your lunches, show you where to refill your water bottles before walking out at 8am.
You’ll start with a climb before entering the Gondwana Rainforest for your first encounter of this natural wonder. Emerging from the rainforest we’ll be following a ormer logging trail, some sections aren’t under canopy so in the warmer weather we take plenty of water breaks. In the final section of the day we step deep into the rainforest on a private Grade 5 trail that takes us into camp.
Staying at your first of two purpose built eco-camps, Spicers Amphitheatre offers tree house like cabins with shared bathrooms and a stunning central lodge.
Distance | 16km
Difficulty | moderate
Grade 4 & extensive Grade 5 trails
We start the day with a relatively flat warm up as we make our way up the access road enjoying the sounds of the rainforest birds as we go. This initial track can sometimes get muddy & slippery so we may have to skirt our way around some puddles as we make our way past.
As we descend into the valley we become enveloped by rainforest. We ascend down some rocky boulder sections that will require us to crouch down and go slowly. The pace is slower as we take care with our footing navigating the tree roots and rocky sections.
In the afternoon we descend to Dalrymple creek and take some time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bubbling waterfall. We do our best to avoid getting wet feet but if the creek is up and we do we’ll put all the boots in the drying room overnight. The last section of the day offers a climb up to camp with approx. 250m ascent.
Your host will be waiting to welcome you to Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins. Architecturally the camps are the same however each has a unique interior and exterior.
Distance | 16km
Difficulty | Moderate
Grade 3 – 5 trails
We start the day with a heartwarming climb up the fire trail past, an old pine plantation. Once at the top we once again head deep into the rainforest on Grade 5 trail.
We come across some huge rainforest trees with buttresses six feet tall. Once again the pace is slower as we all take care with our footing navigating the tree roots and rocky sections. Emerge from deep in the rainforest to climb up and over Bare Rock offering
360 degree views on a clear day.
From here we join the public trails and will often pass fellow walkers, not many of whom will ever venture where you have just been. In the final section of the trail the modern world comes into earshot as we hear trucks carrying goods from the coast to the west. Vehicles will be waiting for you at the end of the trail ready to transfer you to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins.
The drive is approximately 15 minutes to camp where you will be greeted and shown to your handcrafted log cabin, each with your own en-suite. After you have rested and settled into camp meet around the fire pit to share stories and your favourite memories from the trip followed by dinner.
Distance | 12km
Difficulty | moderate
Today’s hike takes you over the Great Dividing Range, enjoying beautiful views of the mountains as you traverse Mt Mathieson. The first half of the day includes a 480m ascent with some steep & rocky sections.
We relish our time in the rainforest taking it slow through this relatively small outcrop of Gondwana Rainforest. Once we emerge we join historic Spicers Gap Road that takes us all the way to Spicers Peak Nature Refuge following farm roads & the creek line into camp.
Spicers Canopy with it’s glamping style accommodation, communal bathrooms, outdoor hot tub and cosy lodge is your home for tonight. A three course dinner will be served in the main lodge at 6pm. Enjoy some fireside chatting after dinner or head outside and marvel at the stars if the night is clear.
Distance | 15km
Difficulty | Hard
Grade 5 trail
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.
Walking out of camp we cross through the farm fields before descending into Oakey Creek with it’s morning sunlight glittering through the trees. We follow the creek before starting our ascent up the ridgeline, keeping our eyes & ears peeled for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo that is known to frequent this particular area.
Using a combination of trails & farm roads to reach a remote section of the Main Range National Park we put our fitness to the test as we climb higher along the ridge & over rocky outcrops before resting for lunch where we are afforded stunning views of the valley below. This lookout point is named ‘Cooyoonirra’.
Learning about fire ecology you will see first hand how this landscape has recovered from the bush fires in 2019. Some areas still bare the blackened scars of that time. You will follow the ridge line ascending throughout the day before a final climb onto Cedar Mountain home to Spicers Peak Lodge.
As you may your way across the plateau the lodge will appear no doubt there will be cheers as you cross through the gate ready to hang up your pack and relax for the next 2 days.
Spicers Peak Lodge will be your home for the next 2-nights. We highly recommend booking a spa treatment or massage ahead of time. All of your meals and beverages are included and you can do as much or as little as you like without any formal progam in place once you arrive.
Day Seven & Eight
Enjoy a relaxing morning with breakfast available from 7.30am. Sunrise and sunset are always a highlight at Peak Lodge if you want to wake up a little earlier to catch it.
Spicers Peak Lodge has a variety of experiences should you wish to add a little more to your week away. Alternatively you can sit by the fire in the lodge reading a book.
Accommodation – Spicers Peak Lodge
On your final morning breakfast is once again at your leisure ahead of your 11am heli departure to Spicers Hidden Vale returning to where you started your journey.
Here we will wish you a fond farwell as you depart with memories that will last a lifetime.