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Hike Queensland’s Scenic Rim on a luxurious walking holiday

Take a luxury Australian walking holiday through magical landscapes. Nature provides the entertainment, luxurious eco-sensitive accommodation provides a relaxed retreat brimming with gourmet meals and fine wine.

Hike through ancient Scenic Rim forests

Queensland’s Scenic Rim region is one of Australia’s most diverse landscapes. Nature dominates and has remained little changed for centuries. Spicers Retreats combine a guided walking holiday on the Scenic Rim Trail through remnants of a volcanic caldera with luxurious accommodation and gourmet cuisine. This fully-guided luxury walking holiday blends harmoniously with nature.

Walk through moss-draped forests clinging to mountain peaks beneath a canopy bristling with birdsong. Knowledgeable guides share the secrets of trails forged by First Nations people over thousands of years while eavesdropping koalas peer listlessly from Blue Gum eucalypts. The Scenic Rim’s Gondwana Rainforest harbours 400-year-old hoop pines. Lizards bake on sun-warmed rocks. Frogs croak throatily. Mountain views come framed by every shade of green and hiker’s footsteps create a rhythmic dance to nature’s warbling soundtrack.

While walking the Scenic Rim Trail, hikers enjoy gourmet picnic lunches accompanied by mesmerising views. At the end of each day, luxurious accommodation awaits. Spend relaxed evenings with exquisite cuisine and wine amidst nature’s beauty. Friends are made. Memories are cherished. The Scenic Rim works its soothing magic.

About the Scenic Rim Walking Trail

The Scenic Rim Trail winds its way through the Main Range section of the Great Dividing Range in southeast Queensland. It is less than two hours’ drive southwest of Brisbane. The World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest provides habitat to more frogs, birds, reptiles and marsupials than anywhere else in Australia.

Tree ferns standing as tall as an adolescent giraffe reach skywards into the canopy while cascading grasstree fronds swoosh gently as walkers brush past them. On a fully guided walking adventure, trails weave through valleys carved by freshwater streams beneath mountain peaks formed by volcanic activity 20-odd million years ago.  

You can choose from guided walking adventures to suit your fitness and interest level, whether you’re undertaking your first steps on a hiking holiday or are a multi-day hiking veteran. Hiking adventures start from two days, which provide an ideal introduction to luxury guided hiking holidays. A selection of longer multiple day walks vary in length. The longest is the ultimate 6-day Scenic Rim Trail adventure which offers complete immersion in nature.

All guided walks include elegant eco-sensitive accommodation, chef-prepared meals and beverages. Luggage porterage between overnight stops means that hikers need only carry a small backpack with each day’s essentials.

Discover luxurious Scenic Rim Trail Accommodation

A wide-ranging selection of well-equipped eco-sensitive accommodation crewed by friendly staff are included in all Scenic Rim Trail walking adventures. From glamping tents or eco cabins tucked into the forest, through to the ultimate luxury at Australia’s highest non-Alpine lodge. Spicer’s luxurious accommodation blends seamlessly into nature.

Spicers Mt Mistake Farmhouse

The Farmhouse and guest cabin sits atop the peak of Mount Mistake on a working farm. It is an ideal introduction to the Scenic Rim Trail with forest-clad landscapes stretching as far as the eye can see.

Spicers Mt Mistake Farmhouse

Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Camp

Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Camp is all about the rhythm and flow of nature. It melds sustainably into the forest beneath soaring gum trees in modern eco-sensitive treehouse-style accommodation. Guests can savor views of Main Range National Park from the observation deck then dine with new friends in the relaxed surroundings of the main lodge.

Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Camp

Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins

Exquisite architecture meets nature’s finest in enchanting off-grid luxury at the site of a former logging campsite. Light-filled sleeping pods feature while a stylishly designed dining room is warmed by timber hues.

Spicers Hidden Peak Cabins

Relax around a stone firepit beneath star-filled skies before settling into timber cabins nestled amidst private bushland in the foothills of Main Range National Park.

Spicers Canopy Luxury Tents

Solar-powered glamping has rarely been so plush. Plumped up king-size beds sit atop timber decks with lounging chairs to take in the mountain views. Bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers and a communal hot tub to soothe trail-weary hiker’s legs.

Spicers Canopy Luxury Tents

Spicers Peak Lodge

Spicers Peak Lodge is located high on the plateau more than 1,100 metres above sea leven. Guests can luxuriate in exquisite comfort as an ample reward for hiking the Scenic Rim Trails. You can also indulge in spa treatments, unwind poolside, sit by the firee on plump sofas and dine on exquisite cuisine. This property is one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia.

What to expect from the Scenic Rim Trail

Some of the trails are occasionally steep but the pace is steady, with an average of 14 kilometres per day. Spicers transport all your overnight gear for you so you can enjoy pack-free wildlife spotting along the trails. You may see whip-tailed wallabies, birds, koalas, platypus and, on rocky outcrops, furry brush-tailed rock-wallabies.

This article was produced in partnership with Spicers Scenic Rim.

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