FAQ’S

Is there a shortened version of the Scenic Rim Trail available?
Yes. We have recently launched a new 2-day offering of the Scenic Rim Trail! We suggest people thinking of coming on this experience with us have a high level of fitness.  Click here for more information.

When does the Scenic Rim Trail depart? 
The Scenic Rim Trail now departs on both Saturdays and Tuesdays for the 4-day experience & Saturdays and Wednesdays for the 2-day experience. Please call 13 77 42 or chat with our friendly Reservations Team online for more information.

What level of fitness do I need to participate? 
The Scenic Rim Trail is graded moderate to hard and is designed for people with a good level of fitness who have had previous hiking experience. Day 1 is graded moderate (grade 3). Day 2 is graded easy (level 2) Day 3 is graded hard (level 4). Day 4 is graded easy (grade 2).  Please click here for an Australia wide walking classification guide.  If you have any questions, please call 13 77 42.

 What do I need to bring? 
– Appropriate walking clothes- breathable tops, jumpers, long pants (we suggest long pants over shorts to prevent scratches and insect bites)
– Casual (warm if applicable) clothing to wear at Spicers Canopy
– Smart casual attire to wear at Spicers Peak Lodge on the final night
– Personal medication (our guides carry first aid kits, however, please bring along any personal medication you might need over the four days)
– Proper hiking boots (please see below ‘what style of boots do I need’ for more information)
– Waterproof rain jacket (Spicers does not provide you with a rain jacket if you should encounter some wet weather)
-Wide brimmed hat (optional -Spicers will provide you with a Scenic Rim Trail cap)

 Where can I find a gear checklist and other information?
Please click here to download a full gear check list and other information about the trail.

 What do Spicers supply?
– Scenic Rim Trail 2L water bladder (for you to keep)
-Scenic Rim Trail 750ML water bottle (for you to keep)
– Scenic Rim Trail mug (for you to keep)
– Scenic Rim Trail cap (for you to keep)
– Day pack
– Comfort Pack: Wet ones & and insect repellent, your guide will carry extra water and sunscreen (sunscreen is also available at the main lodge before departure)

What do I carry? 
The only equipment you will carry in your day pack are the essentials you need for the walk that day. Items might include; a camera/GOPRO, jumper, any personal medications you require, a hat, your comfort pack, 2L water bladder, a 750ml water bottle and your pre-prepared lunch. Your guides will also carry tea and coffee.

What style of boots do I need? 
It is essential to have good quality, lace up hiking boots with good ankle support. They should preferably be waterproof and have a treaded sole. Boots must be worn- in to minimise the risk of blisters. Hiking shoes, walking or running shoes, sandshoes or similar are not acceptable.

What will the accommodation be like? 
You can expect beautiful, custom built eco-accommodation.  Your first (one or two) nights are spent at Spicers Canopy, an Advanced Eco-Tourism Accredited site with 10 safari-style tents with fine linens and Bemboka throws, exclusively used only by your group while you are on the hike. On the afternoon of the last day, you will be warmly welcomed at Spicers Peak Lodge, where you will spend your final night enjoying delectable food at our award-winning restaurant.

How many guests will be on the walk? 
Depending on which experience you choose, the 4-day hike is a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 10 people, and the 2-day hike requires a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10.

How many guides? 
The number of guides will depend on the group size. 1-4 guests will have 1 guide, 4+ guests will have two guides accompanying them.

Is there an age limit? 
We do have an age limit of 15 years and over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Do we hike in wet weather conditions?
Yes. We will still commence the hike in most weather conditions (please bring along your sense of adventure) unless it poses a threat to the safety of our guests. If we cancel a walk we will be in contact with you to reschedule.

Can I stay at Spicers Balfour Hotel the night before or after my trip?
Yes. We offer a 10% discount for bed and breakfast accommodation at Spicers Balfour Hotel for our Scenic Rim Trail guests, which includes a beautiful gourmet breakfast in the restaurant at 6:30am before you transfer to the walk at 7:00am. Please call our Reservations Team to book on 13 77 42.

Can I extend my stay at another Spicers Retreat after my trip on the Scenic Rim Trail?
Yes, you can! It will be dependent on the availability of each retreat. To enquire about this please call our Reservations Team on 13 77 42.

Where is the meeting point if I elect to self-drive?
The meeting point is located on our private property, 7791 Cunningham Highway, Clumber, 4309, approximately one hour from Brisbane CBD. Please arrive at 8:30am on the morning of your departure. For a more accurate pinpoint of our driveway entrance and our meeting point please use the following coordinates;

Entrance to the driveway: 28°01’55.7″S 152°28’07.2″E (this will be accurate when copied into Google Maps)
Meeting Point: 28°02’10.3″S 152°28’18.4″E (this will be accurate when copied into Google)

Please note: If you are driving from the East (Brisbane/ Gold Coast) you will see our Scenic Rim Trail sign at the entrance to our driveway on the left-hand-side of the Cunningham Highway. You will NOT drive through Cunningham’s Gap to get to our meeting point if you are travelling from the East. Once you pass through Aratula we are located about 10 minutes further along the Cunningham Highway.

If you are driving from the West (Toowoomba/ Warwick) the sign will be on the right-hand-side of the Cunningham Highway. If you are travelling from the West we are located about 10 minutes after you pass through Cunningham’s Gap.

The Driveway is about 1Km long, please follow the Scenic Rim Trail directional signs all the way to the top of the hill, this is where your guide will be waiting for you.