If hiking is your thing and getting out into the great outdoors is what your seeking for your next travel adventure, definitely explore some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia with Spicers Retreat's 'glamping' style i.e. glam camping four-day walking experience across the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland.
If outdoor adventure is your thing, this multiple day hike is an amazing experience that won't soon be forgotten. Image courtesy of Spicers Retreat.
The four-day eco-walk allows guests to enjoy a truly unique way to engage with Australia's natural surrounds and heritage and offers unforgettable views of stunning mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by World Heritage listed national parks.
Set amongst 30,000 hectares of parkland, consisting of state forests and national parks and combined with large portions of private land including Spicers Peak Station and a 2,800 hectare nature reserve, the Scenic Rim Trail is a truly remarkable adventure.
The trail is set amongst 30,000 hectares of parkland including national parks, state forests and private reserves. Image courtesy of Spicers.
Participants witness some of Australia's most spectacular views and the unique wildlife and plants only found in this region; including various types of Wallabies, bird life, native mammals and the even the occasional Koala.
The experienced Spicers field guides will also take them on a journey through the stories, rituals and history of the traditional indigenous landowners.
Guest accommodation includes Spicers Canopy, a tented safari style experience that's anything but roughing it. Image courtesy of Spicers.
The accommodation for guests embarking on this walk includes Spicers Canopy and Spicers Peak Lodge. Spicers Canopy consists of 10 Luxury Safari Tents, a main lodge with open fire place, a well-stocked library, central dining area, food and wine and dedicated hosts to take care of your every need.
The final night of the trail includes a night at Spicers Peak Lodge, Australia's highest non-alpine lodge and the perfect place to rest your weary bones. It includes a dedicated day spa, heated infinity pool and spa, and the hatted Peak Restaurant that serves a locally sourced degustation menu.
Spicers Peak Lodge will offer you plenty of opportunity to rest your weary bones in the heated pool or at the spa on the final day. Image courtesy of Spicers.
The Scenic Rim Trail showcases a truly stunning collection of mountain panoramas, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus by day and luxury by night.
The detailed trail:
Day One - Mt Mitchell Plateau (13kms – 6.5 hours)
Starting with a 5km walk on the graded walking track to the twin peaks of Mount Mitchell, this walk takes in breathtaking views and concludes with an easy descent into Spicers Peak Station, arriving at Spicers Canopy late afternoon in time for a gourmet dinner matched with award winning local wines.
Day Two – River Loop (6.5kms – 4 hours)
Day two ofers a relaxing half day hike through Millar Vale and Oaky creeks, which is believed to have been the original route for indigenous traders passing through from the Great Dividing Range from Inland Australia to the coast. This day will start and finish at Spicers Canopy with the afternoon including free time for mountain biking, or a local food and wine masterclass.
Participants travel in groups of roughly 10 and there is plenty of time for group socialising throughout the trip. Image courtesy of Spicers.
Day Three - Spicers Peak Exploration (10kms – 6 hours)
The most challenging but the most rewarding day of the trip – a 10km ascending trail which includes panoramic views of Spicers Gap and various types of terrain including giant ferns and 1000 year old Hoop Pines. A final ridge crossing and push to the summit will bring you out at the magnificent Spicers Peak Lodge for an evening of well deserved pampering and exceptional food and wine.
Day Four - Spicers Peak Lodge
An early morning walk to Ryan's lookout is an offer for those who still have energy to spare. For those less inclined, they can relax in the library with a book, participate in a game of tennis, indulge in a spa treatment at the in-house Spa Anise or take an optional helicopter joy flight over Main Range National Park.
Participants typically travel in a group size of roughly 10.
When: First walk starts in June 2014 until November
Cost: $1899 per person, twin share (all inclusive)