Craig Arlidge- Scenic Rim Trail General Manager
Craig started as the General Manager of the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers in January 2017 after spending two years in the South Pacific managing small boutique resorts with his wife, Gabrielle. Craig has always had a love for the outdoors, nurtured while growing up in New Zealand by spending time with his Father who was a doctor of Soil Physics and Geology, and always working in natural environments.
While Craig was growing up, his parents packed up the young family, living in Christchurch NZ, and took them on a journey that encompassed Mauritius for six years, Khartoum, Sudan for two years, Rome, Italy for two years and a final two years in Washington DC. Craig also spent a year at Trent University studying Environmental Science before relocating to Sydney, Australia.
No doubt all of this travel and the insights into life his parents shared with him growing up set the foundations for Craig’s love of cultures and the land. The experiences both wonderful and testing have provided a platform for Craig’s desire to see others gain enjoyment from experiential pursuits.
After a stint in merchant banking and the exhibition and event industry Craig has embarked on a career in hospitality where he and Gabrielle enjoy delivering wonderful experiences for guests. Craig was fortunate to have worked for two years as the Tour Operator/ Activities Manager for Uma Paro in Bhutan, and he also managed the ATP Wilderness Lodge at Mitchell Falls for a season before the South Pacific stint.
Abigail Stanbridge- Operations Lead & Scenic Rim Trail Guide
Having grown up on a nature refuge in Far North Queensland, Abbie is a naturalist who is most at home finding adventure in the great outdoors. Camping and hiking expeditions have taken Abbie through 26 countries including Borneo, Tanzania, Romania and Russia.
One of her greatest joys as a guide with the Scenic Rim Trail is being able to share her love of nature with every single guest. Abbie has a Bachelor of Journalism and is an avid photographer and videographer who spends time exploring wild places and bird watching.
Mark Gauden- Spicers Canopy Chef
After completing his apprenticeship on the Gold Coast, Mark got the travel bug! Throughout his career he has worked on three different Australian islands including Lizard, Hayman and Heron, and he has fond memories of each. He has also spent time working on New Zealand’s South Island, in Queenstown and Christchurch, as well as three years in the UK. There are still many places Mark would love to visit and Asia might be next. When he’s not working, you will find Mark fishing. The highlight last year was catching barramundi and jewfish in and around Darwin.
Gabrielle McMahon- Spicers Canopy Host & Scenic Rim Trail Guide
Gabrielle joined the Scenic Rim Trail in 2017 as Camp Host/ Guide. Gabrielle has over thirty years of corporate experience with the majority of those being within hotels and resorts, and production and event management. In 2005 Gabrielle graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and Wellbeing and has since completed studies in Pilates (mat work).
In 2007 Gabrielle and her husband were invited to join Uma Paro, a luxury property in Bhutan, where her role was Spa Manager/ Yoga Instructor and Boutique Manager. Gabrielle recently returned from living in the South Pacific managing boutique resorts in Fiji and Vanuatu.
Gabrielle is passionate about human and animal welfare, health and wellbeing, friends and family. She has lived in numerous countries and loves discovering new cultures. Gabrielle loves spending her spare time with her three dogs and husband, enjoying a good book and exploring the outdoors.
Harley England- Chief Ecologist & Scenic Rim Trail Senior Guide
Harley has been working as a professional guide since 2008. Born with a love of nature, he travelled to South Africa in 2008 where he completed his formal training and apprenticeship as a professional guide. He remained in Africa for a number of years working at big 5 reserves in South Africa and the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
Harley returned to Australia in 2012 to take up a position as a naturalist guide on Kangaroo Island before moving to Cairns and completing a degree in Zoology and Ecology. Harley has been appointed as the ecologist for Spicers Peak Nature Refuge and will conduct surveys and conservation activities allowing us to gain a greater knowledge of species currently protected within the property, developing strategies to further their survival. Harley is interested in all animals but if he had to single out a particular favourite group it would be frogs.
Karmen Butler- Scenic Rim Trail Guide
Karmen joined the Scenic Rim Trail team in August 2016 as a mountain bike guide and has since become part of the hiking team in 2017. She’s been a local in the Lockyer Valley for 9 years since moving around Australia with her RAAF family, and has 6 years of customer service experience.
With a degree in Wildlife Science from the University of Queensland, she also assists with the ecology research throughout the Spicers properties and volunteers annually with marine turtle research at Bundaberg and Heron Island. In her free time, you’ll see Karmen out on the bike tracks or racing cross country, spending time with her dog, out with friends or dabbling in photography.