Take on one of Australia’s best walks, the Scenic Rim Trail, a moderately challenging accommodated walking adventure.
Take in the beauty of Southern Queensland as you hike through picturesque Main Range National Park.
Choose between our 5 or 8 day packages, combining a short stay in the state’s capital Brisbane before either a 2 or 5 night walk across beautiful mountains, forests and volcanic plateaus. Experienced guides will lead you through some of the undiscovered parts of Southern Queensland, keeping an eye-out for native wildlife and explaining the history and geology of the region.
Trek along mountain ridges, look down on serene valleys and hike through pristine forests, resting each night at a selection of Spicers Retreats’ superb properties. At the end of each day enjoy the comforts of hot-showers, delicious food and comfortable bush accommodation.
- 2 nights accommodation at boutique Spicers Balfour Hotel
- Accommodation at various Spicers Bush Camps as per itinerary
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Experience walking tour guide
- Select hiking gear
- Luggage transfers while on hike
- Traverse the stunning mountainous landscape of the Scenic Rim
- Learn about the region from your talented, passionate guides
- Explore ancient rainforests and traverse dramatic volcanic plateaus
- Spot local species such as koala and kangaroo
- Enjoy the comforts of quality bush accommodation
- Expect mouth-watering meals throughout the journey
- Relax and enjoy the facilities at each property
The Scenic Rim Trail walking expedition begins with a road transfer from Brisbane’s Spicers Balfour. Spicers Balfour is just 15 kilometres or 20 minutes drive from Brisbane Airport in the inner-city suburb of New Farm. Queensland’s multicultural capital Brisbane is easily reached by air from every capital city in Australia.
Spicers have a number of other properties easily combinable with the Scenic Rim walk. A short stay in Brisbane before or after your walk at Spicers Balfour is ideal, or travel north to the Sunshine Coast’s lush hinterland, staying at either Spicers Tamarind Retreat of Spicers Clovelly Estate. All are famous for their quality accommodations and top-notch cuisine.
Scenic Rim Trail
5 days/4 nights*
Grading: Moderate to Hard^ | 2 night trek | Departs: Wednesdays
Group Size: Min 2 – Max 10 | Season: March to November
Spend two nights in the Queensland capital of Brisbane staying at beautiful Spicers Balfour Hotel. Located in trendy New Farm discover what the city has to offer. B (day 2 only)
Spicers Canopy (Luxury Tent)
(Walking distance approx. 13 kilometres)
Transfer from Brisbane to the start of your walk. A gently winding 5km ascent brings you to the twin peaks of Mt Mitchell. The walk takes in sheer cliff faces and breathtaking views over the Scenic Rim and Fassifern Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and koalas, before crossing open woodland forest to Spicers Canopy arriving in the late afternoon. Unwind, watch the sunset over the Great Dividing Range or take a dip in the hot tub before your chef prepared dinner. BLD
Spicers Canopy (Luxury Tent)
(Walking distance approx. 15 kilometres)
The trail leads through the dense rainforest of Spicers Peak, filled with giant ferns and 1,000-year-old hoop pines, before revealing panoramic views of Spicers Gap and the Great Dividing Range. Look out for the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo, wedge tail eagles and wallabies along the way. A stretch of downhill leads you onto the final ascent up Cedar Mountain where you will find the luxurious Spicers Peak Lodge. Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the lodge before returning to Spicers Canopy for a celebratory dinner. BLD
After a final breakfast it’s time to head back to Brisbane where your tour ends. B
8 days/7 nights*
Grading: Moderate to Hard^ | 5 night trek | Departs: Fridays & Saturdays
Group Size: Min 4 – Max 12 | Season: March to November
Enjoy two nights in sunny Brisbane staying at Spicers Balfour Hotel. Centrally located discover what the city has to offer. B (day 2 only)
Spicers Hidden Vale – Hideaway Cabins
(Walking distance approx. 1 kilometre)
Transfer from Brisbane to Spicers Hidden Vale in Granchester. After your welcome take a short afternoon walk to Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre purpose-built to rehabilitate and breed endangered species. Your guides will take you on a conservation inspired koala safari, where you will learn about the koala research project that has been going on over the last few years. Wildlife you may come across include koalas, white cheeked wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, Australian king parrots, wedge tailed eagles. Tonight’s two-course dinner (with optional dessert) is at the chef hatted restaurant Homage. Dishes are created with ingredients from across the Scenic Rim region. Retire to your cosy hideaway cabin featuring wood burning fireplaces and deck chairs. BLD
Mount Mistake Farmhouse
(Walking distance approx. 10 kilometre)
Transfer by 4WD to the starting point of your 7-8 hour walk through Spicers Private Reserve. Slowly ascend the scenic rim and learn about the ecology of the area – sightings of the endangered brush tailed rock wallaby are a possibility. The hike is undulating with some very steep sections that may require rock scrambling. The ascent to the top of the Mount Mistake Range is 600 metres however it is well worth the hard work with super views from the top. A highlight of today is the “rock ladder”. Guides will provide you with a harness and helmet as they lead you across the “ladder”. This exciting experience is optional, and guests can choose to take an alternative route around this section. Morning tea and lunch are enjoyed on the trail. Enjoy the panoramic views from the ridgeline before descending through beautiful forest and farmland to your accommodation. BLD
Amphitheatre Eco Cabins
(Walking distance approx. 18 kilometre)
Today’s walk is approximately 8 hours with a few short steep hills, following an old logging trail that crosses into the Main Range National Park. Learn about the history of the area as well as the flora and fauna of the rainforest – in 1994 most of the area was declared a World Heritage Area. You will also see evidence of the 2019 bushfires and have your first Gondwana Rainforest encounter. The final hour of the walk is the most challenging, along a private unformed track through the rainforest. Spend the evening in the treehouse-like cabins set above the forest floor. BLD
Timber Getters Eco Cabins
(Walking distance approx. 16 kilometre)
Today’s walk is approximately 8 hours and will lead through a number of different ecosystems deep within the national park. The first part of the walk is relatively flat (but can get a little muddy) as you travel along the access road listening to the sounds of the rainforest. There are plenty of exciting Grade 5 sections on today’s walk along beautiful, unmarked trails, including a few rocky boulders, tree roots and rocky creek crossings to navigate. During the day, enjoy a relaxing morning tea and lunch on the trail. There will be drinks and a grazing platter for guests to savour on arrival in camp. As you journey through the national park, keep an eye out for Albert’s lyrebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail. BLD
Hidden Peaks Cabin
(Walking distance approx. 16 kilometre)
Depart on your final days walk along a fire trail that leads uphill past an old pine plantation. The trail then heads deep into the rainforest where you will come across some huge trees with buttresses 6 feet tall. The path emerges from the rainforest and once more climbs uphill to bare rock offering sensational views. The trail then joins a public footpath where you will slowly head back towards civilisation. There will be vehicles at the end of the trail ready to transfer you back to Hidden Peaks Cabin where you can relax, enjoy a final dinner and toast your Scenic Rim walk. BLD
Say farewell to your fellow walkers and transfer back to Brisbane by road. Tour ends. B
Optional: To cap of your adventure, why not take an exciting helicopter flight over the Scenic Rim? Contact us for details (additional cost).
Places to stay in Queensland
Below are some of our most popular places to stay in Queensland. Please contact us for more information.
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Orpheus Island Lodge
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Spicers Hidden Vale
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Spicers Peak Lodge
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Spicers Clovelly Estate
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