TRAIL ITINERARY

DAY 1

MT MITCHELL PLATEAU (Full Day Walk)
13KM
6.5 hours

Today’s hike is graded moderate (grade 3 – click here for more information).

Your journey starts at our meeting point on our private property at 7791 Cunningham Highway, Clumber, 4309.

If you have elected to self-drive, please make your way to the above address, to meet the rest of the group and your Scenic Rim Trail guides at 8:30am on the morning of your departure. If you have pre-booked a complimentary transfer from Spicers Balfour Hotel, please be there no later than 7:00am.

Here, at our meeting point, over a light morning tea, your guides will introduce themselves, brief you on the coming days, and provide you with your hiking equipment (day pack, water bottle & bladder, hat, mug and comfort pack)

You will then be transferred to the starting point of the walk, to commence the 5KM ascent to the top of Mount Mitchell.  As you gently ascend the mountain, hear the noise of the busy highway below melt away to the songs of the local wildlife. Along the way your guides will point out the local plant and animal species as well as the rich local history of the region. From hundred-year-old red cedar trees and plant species the Indigenous tribes of the region used for weaving baskets, to pointing out the songs of rare and local bird life of the summit, your guides will help you discover this unique region and all the treasures along the way.

While you wind your way along the trail, you will see glimpses of the beautiful scenery of the Fassifern Valley, Warwick and even back through to Brisbane. Once you reach the summit and take in the full 360-degree views, from here you will be able to see Spicers Canopy and Spicers Peak Lodge, providing context to your imminent journey.

Enjoy a light lunch at a special spot we have selected on the summit while your guides discuss the next few hours of the hike to the beautifully serene Spicers Canopy.   After one last look from the summit, you will make your way back down the trail along a path less travelled until you enter the Spicers Peak Nature Refuge. The remaining 8 kilometres of the afternoon will be on Spicers private property, exclusively for you, our Scenic Rim Trail guests.

The rainforest is long gone, and you will now be walking through mostly vast eucalypt trees until you reach the Millar Vale Creek where you will have a brief stop for afternoon tea. Depending on the rainfall of the season, listen to the soft-flowing and soothing sounds of the water running over the rocks on the creek bed and an abundance of birdlife.

Upon reaching Spicers Canopy at approximately 3:30pm-4:00pm, you will be warmly welcomed by our camp assistant and on-site Chef with freshly made afternoon tea and cool beverages. Feel free to unwind, take a dip in the hot tub, and have a hot shower, before meeting the team back in the main lodge for your chef-prepared wholesome, locally sourced meal that night.

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DAY 2

RIVER LOOP (Morning Walk / Free Time)
6.5KM
4.5 hours

Today’s hike is graded as easy/moderate (grade 2 – click here for more information).

Day two of the Scenic Rim Trail is a relaxing day spent exploring the nooks and crannies of Millar Vale Creek. Setting off after breakfast your guides will introduce you to the rich local history of the area which is believed to have been the original route for Indigenous traders passing across the Great Dividing Range from inland Australia to the coast.

Being at a lower altitude today means there are different varieties of plant and animal species to look out for including wallabies and a wide range of bird species. Your guides will be pointing out the highlights along the way so be sure to bring your camera!

For lunch today you will gently walk back up to Spicers Canopy where your chef will have homemade, wood-fired pizzas waiting for you. Sit on the deck with a glass of wine, or inside next to the fire with a soothing hot beverage, before settling in for an afternoon of free time spent around camp.

Meet the group back in the main lodge for another delectable chef prepared meal and after, take the opportunity to sit outside next to the fire pit and gaze at the infinite blanket of stars that is the trademark of the Australian bush.

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DAY 3

SPICERS PEAK EXPLORATION (Full Day Walk)
15KM
8 hours

Today’s hike is graded hard (grade 4 – click here for more information).

After breakfast follow in the footsteps of the early settlers and see a part of Queensland that even today only a handful of people have been lucky enough to experience.

The first part of the walk is a gentle meander along the creek beds on Spicers private property, with a short morning tea break at a charming spot right on the river with log seats and a picnic table.

From here you will begin the first ascent of the day with purpose built stairs zigzagging up the mountain, leading you to a plateau before starting the second climb of the day.

The second climb finishes with panoramic views of the Great Dividing Range, providing spectacular views back to your Day One vantage point, Mount Mitchell, and Spicers Canopy, then forward to your journey’s completion, Spicers Peak Lodge.

There is one final push before lunch, using a support rope to climb up to where the trail leads through the dense rainforest of Spicers Peak, complete with giant ferns, grass trees and awe-inspiring 1,000-year-old hoop pines. Take a seat at our designated stop and enjoy a well-deserved lunch before pushing on for the last 2 hours of the hike.   You will emerge from the rainforest onto the ridge line before one final ascent up Cedar Mountain to make it to the luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge.

In the evening enjoy gourmet dining and excellent service with our 5-course degustation dinner with matched wines; the perfect way to end a truly unforgettable and rewarding day.

 

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DAY 4

Northern Lookout
4KM
2 hours

Today’s hike is graded easy/moderate (grade 2 – click here for more information).

Take an early morning hike at 7am with your guide who will provide an in-depth look at the history and creation around Spicers Peak Lodge as well as further interpretation of the plant and animal life along the way.

Upon your arrival at the Northern Lookout, you will view Spicers Canopy through the mountains, tracing your journey over the last few days.  Enjoy a tea or coffee here at the lookout before walking back up to the Lodge for a tasty breakfast. Transfers will be provided back to Brisbane or your vehicles around 11am.

 

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  • The Trail

  • Sunset at Spicers Canopy

  • The Trail

  • The Trail

  • Spicers Peak Lodge