Fri - Nov 27
Sun - Nov 29
Adults
- 2 +

Skip the heat and helicopter to 1000m above sea level where the temperature hovers around 26 degrees. With high altitude, rainforest canopy and helicopter transfers summer hiking has never been so appealing.

Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat is 1hr 15min from Brisbane and is the meeting point for your Scenic Rim Trail experience. Meet your fellow walkers and guides at 1pm with lunch at Homage restaurant before a 3pm helicopter transfer to Spicers Mt Mistake.

You will hike for 3 days along the Great Dividing Range at an average 1000m altitude the entire way. Each night you will stay at a new Spicers location with your final night spent at Spicers Peak Lodge before your helicopter transfer back to the beginning.

Pricing

Includes 4 nights, 3 days of guided hiking, all meals and beverages and helicopter transfers

$3629 per person, twin share
$4129 per person, single share

Departure Dates

Thu 3 December 2020
Thu 17 December 2020
Thu 28 January 2021
Fri 12 February 2021

New Years Eve Departure – Thu 31 Dec

Includes 5 nights (2 nights at Spicers Peak Lodge), 3 days of guided hiking, all meals and beverages and helicopter transfers

$4329 per person, twin share
$5329 per person, single share

Call 13 77 42 for more info or to book

T&C’s: A 100% deposit is required at time of booking with final payment due 60 days prior to arrival. Free cancellation up to 60 days prior to arrival. Date changes permitted subject to availability. Cancellations within 60 days are non-refundable.

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DAY ONE

  • No walking today
  • 1pm lunch

Spicers Hidden Vale to Spicers Mt Mistake Farmhouse

Meet your fellow walkers and guides for a 1pm lunch at Homage Restaurant. Parking your vehicle and re-packing your bags into the ones provided the helicopter will arrive at 3pm to transfer the group to Spicers Mt Mistake.

Enjoy the magical 15min flight soaring above farmlands and mountains giving you a birds eye view of the mountain range you are set to walk. With some free time before dinner there is time to relax or explore the walking trails on the property.

Each of the six bedrooms has it’s own private ensuite and the living spaces a delight to the eye. With sunset drinks on the escarpment followed by dinner you’ll likely want to head to bed early ahead of your first day of hiking tomorrow.

DAY TWO

  • 18KM
  • 7 - 8 Hours | Grade - easy to moderate

GRADE: Easy to Moderate 

Mount Mistake Farmhouse to Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins

Today we pass into the Main Range National Park. As you venture forward you will feel the rainforest folding in around you. The area we are exploring is of national significance following the 1994 declaration by the World Heritage Committee. You will learn about the fascinating ecology and surrounding ecosystems along your journey.

Today’s walk is smooth going and relatively flat so while its the longest day by distance it’s easily achieved. Your mind will clear as it focuses on what’s in front of you rather than the future or the past.

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 and 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 metal that opens up to the views of the treetops.

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 THREE

  • 16KM
  • 7 - 8 Hours

GRADE: Moderate (with steps) 

Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins to Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins

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.

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 and are protected from winds. Keep an eye out for Albert’s lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristle-bird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail

Reaching the valley floor we arrive at the source of Dalrymple creek with mountain spring water flowing and 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 heart warming ascent into Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins.

Morning tea and lunch are enjoyed on the trail before arriving into camp for afternoon tea.

DAY FOUR

  • 16KM
  • 7-8 Hours

GRADE: Moderate with a rock scramble

Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins to Spicers Peak Lodge

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.

You’ll be looking out over the Fassifern Valley, a collective of towns known for vegetable farming and in particular carrots, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and 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 and you would have tasted the produce along your journey.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Spicers Gap car park and from here you will be transferred to Spicers Peak Lodge. The lodge is positioned 1100 metres above sea level and set on 8,000 acres of pristine wilderness. At night you will enjoy an exceptional dining experience at the award winning Peak restaurant. Showcasing the best of Australia on a plate, you will be treated to 5 star cuisine at its finest in the relaxed setting of this luxurious restaurant.

DAY FIVE

  • Rest day
  • Depart at 11am back to Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Peak Lodge – Maryvale

After enjoying breakfast overlooking the hairy highland cows graze in the field below or watching the wallabies bounding across the paddock, you will hop back on a helicopter to be transferred back to Spicers Hidden Vale. On this flight enjoy the captivating views of the Great Dividing Range, Moogerah Dam and the Condamine Gorge finally landing amongst the bushland of Hidden Vale.

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

*For the New Year’s Eve departure there will be two nights at Spicers Peak Lodge at the end of the walk.

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