5 Day Guided Walk of the Scenic Rim Trail in Queensland
Visit to the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre
Market Garden tour at Spicers Hidden Vale
Dine in the one Chef Hat Restaurant, Homage
Learn about the volcanic historyand ecology of the Mount Mistake Range
Walk through the world heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest
Enjoy lunch at 'the cathedral' a zone of giant Crow's Ash trees (Australian Teak) hundreds of years old
Optional swim in the cool green pool at Dalrymple Creek
Gormet dining experiences paired with wine
Stunningly unique accommodation
World class walking trails & expert guides
Enjoy spectacular views and breathe in fresh mountain air
Friends for Company!
Personally Escorted by an experienced Sisterhood Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your trip a memorable one
Return Flights to Brisbane including luggage ex Melbourne (other cities available upon request)
Return transfers from Brisbane Airport
Experienced Trail Guide
Hiking day back pack 24L
Water bottles 1 x 750ml and 1 x 1.5l
Packed morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea while on trail plus trail mix
Scenic Rim Trail mug for tea & coffee on trail
Hiking poles (optional to use)
Gaiters for your legs (optional to wear)
Sunscreen and aeroguard insect spray
First Aid Kits including tick removal spray
Accommodation with private facilities in a mixture of Eco Cabins, Spicers Retreats & Renovated Farmhouse
Bathroom products including Appelles shampoo, conditioner, body wash & moisturiser
All meals with breakfast and a chef prepared dinner being enjoyed at camp each day
All beverages including wine, beer, and spirits
IMPORTANT - This tour requires a good level of fitness.
We will be walking on some Grade 4 & 5 tracks (Australian Walking Trade Grading Standard) which means tracks are less defined and can be rough and steep in places.
Being off the beaten track is part of the adventure and we will be walking 4 – 8 hours on trail each day covering a total distance of 48km total.
Our monthly walking group is available (based in Melbourne) to assist with your training.
Day 1 - Sunday 11 April 2021
Melbourne - Brisbane (D)
Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel. Meet your Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at the Melbourne Aiport for your flight to Brisbane. Upon arrival we are transferred to our starting point at the historic Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat.
Spicers Hidden Vale is a historic 12,000-acre former cattle station. A number of buildings, including the barn and Chinese cottage are over 100 years old. We will learn about the history of the property.
After the welcome, we enjoy a short walk over to the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre, a purpose-built $5m facility designed to rehabilitate and breed endangered animals in partnership with the University of Queensland. Wildlife we may come across include White Cheeked Wallabies, Australian King Parrots and Wedged Tailed Eagles. Hidden Vale is home to a healthy Koala population so sightings are possible.
As the sun starts to set we’ll take a market garden tour learning about the produce & unique methods used by our chefs. Spicers Hidden Vale is home to the renowned One Chef Hat restaurant Homage, led by Head Chef Ash Martin.
Tonight will be a dining experience as we taste foods from across the Scenic Rim region and the retreat itself. All of the dishes have been prepared with an element of fire and you’ll be able to watch the chefs cook in their outside coal-fired kitchen. After dinner, we’ll retire for a good night’s rest before we begin tomorrows adventure.
Overnight: Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat
Day 2 - Monday 12 April 2021
Spicers Hidden Vale to Spicers Mount Mistake Farmhouse (B,L,D)
After a hearty breakfast, we’ll board our purpose built 4WD to be transferred through our private nature reserve to the Spicers Scenic Rim Trailhead. All luggage will be transported.
Over the next five hours, we’ll slowly ascend through our private Nature Refuge. As we climb higher through the western part of the Scenic Rim we will learn about the history and ecology of the region. Mount Mistake is part of the ‘Main Range,’ a collection of over 40 mountain peaks, which are the remnants of a volcano that was active some 24 million years ago.
The panoramic views open up as we head towards the ridgeline. The trail weaves through open eucalypt forests.
As we make our way along the ridgeline we enter a unique ecosystem, which protects an endangered species of rock wallaby. We’ll stop for morning tea on top of a rocky outcrop with views as far as the eye can see.
Our first day of walking is rewarded with the most incredible views along the range. We’ll walk along the ridgeline with plenty of time to pause and take it in. We’ll take the opportunity to have lunch while enjoying the views over the Little Liverpool Ranges and the fresh breezes that rise from the valley below. As we come out of the forest and into the farmland the ground rolls gently towards the Spicers Mount Mistake Farmhouse. We’ll be greeted with a well-earned beverage arriving with a sense of achievement having completed our first walk.
With some free time in the afternoon, there is time to relax and enjoy the amazing views, or perhaps take a self-guided stroll to the local waterfall. Tonight we’ll settle in for the evening around the stone fireplace. A hearty dinner will be served on our communal table as we share stories of the day's activities.
Distance today 7km - Moderate to Difficult
Overnight: Spicers Mount Mistake Farmhouse
Day 3 - Tuesday 13 April 2021
Mount Mistake Farmhouse to Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins (B,L,D)
Today we pass over from Spicers land into the Main Range National Park. The area we are exploring is of national significance following the 1994 declaration by the World Heritage Committee. Some 14 years ago Gondwana rainforests including most of the Main Range National Park was decreed a World Heritage Area. We will learn about the fascinating ecology of the rainforest and surrounding ecosystems along your journey.
Today’s walk is smooth going and relatively flat so while its the longest day by distance it’s easily achieved.
In the final stretch of the day we emerge from the forest and onto the ‘winder trail’ you can see the old iron winder that was once used by timber getters to winch the logs along. We turn off the open cut trail and through our final stretch of forest before arriving at Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins.
As you walk into camp you’ll see with a sense of awe, the light coloured wooden treehouse like cabins set above the forest floor. The eco-cabins have been built to the highest sustainability standards and you’ll enjoy a tour of the camp after you’ve had a hot shower, rested and before congregating in the common pavilion for a hearty dinner & well-earned beverage.
You are assured of a good night’s rest in your private cabin with signature Spicers beds, separate room for sorting your gear Each cabin has a private balcony with an incredible louvre window that opens up to the views of the valley below and the mountain behind. The camp got its name from its amphitheatre setting, an open circular space with a central space for the cabins.
After dinner, you’ll retire to your cabin. As you wind down and drift off you’ll hear birds calling and possibly the throaty ‘ok-ok-ok-ok’ call of the endangered Fleay’s barred frog.
Distance today 18km - Easy to Moderate
Overnight: Spicers Ampitheatre Eco Cabins
Day 4 - Wednesday 14 April 2021
Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins to Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins (B,L,D)
Setting out after breakfast, today explores a number of ecosystems venturing deep into the national park. The lookout vantage points early in the day offer a spectacular view of Mount Castle. As we descend we become enveloped by the canopy and this natural cover will provide cool temperatures throughout the day.
The ecosystems of today’s journey are particularly noticeable starting in a wooded forest with beautiful walkways fringed by boulders & contrasting bright green foliage. We cross a dry rocky creek bed and as you look up and down it’s a magical sight.
As we journey deeper we enter an unharvested section of the park and the trees get thicker and taller, so don’t forget to look up. In the towering trees above you’ll see giant staghorn air plants, these beautiful plants grow without soil and will grow just about anywhere so long as they receive filtered light & are protected from winds. Keep an eye out for Albert’s lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristlebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail
We’ll take lunch at ‘the cathedral’ a zone of giant Crow’s Ash trees (Australian Teak) hundreds of years old. The circumference of some of these beauties is astounding.
As we take our final descent the path crisscrosses the ridge and we take leave of the rainforest and traverse through an ancient eucalypt forest. As the canopy opens you may encounter kookaburras, pale-headed rosellas or if you are lucky a wedge-tailed eagle.
Reaching the valley floor we arrive at the source of Dalrymple creek with mountain spring water flowing & a cool green pool to swim in during the warmer months. We’ll rest a while and refill our water bottle from the waterfall. From here it is a gentle ascent into Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins.
Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea are enjoyed on the trail, arriving into camp in the afternoon.
Distance today 8.7km - Moderate with some stairs
Overnight: Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins
Day 5 - Thursday 15 April 2021
Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins (B,L,D)
After a restful sleep in your private cabin, we’ll enjoy breakfast before crossing a rocky saddle and re-entering the rainforest with magnificent tree ferns and the sounds of Albert’s lyrebirds before ending with a brief scramble to a rocky outcrop. From here the spectacular views over the northern section of the park are a just reward. Much of the day will be on an open ridgeline where you’ll appreciate the full extent and vastness of the Scenic Rim.
Towards the end our walk we’ll see a monument credited to Allan Cunningham, who in 1828 was the first European to find and explore the region. Cunningham’s discovery seemed to solve the problem of finding a shorter route between Moreton Bay Colony and the newly-discovered Darling Downs.
As we complete the descent of Mt Cordeaux, we’ll be quickly transported to our final destination, Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins, which sits in the shadows of Mt Greville.
Tonight we will enjoy a very special dinner, where we celebrate our achievements and fellowship of the past 5 days. After dinner your rustic cabin, with ensuite, crisp linen, fluffy pillows and fireplace awaits.
Distance today 13.7km - Easy to Moderate
Overnight: Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins
Day 6 Friday 16 April 2021
Brisbane - Home (B)
This morning our five day Scenic Rim Trail concludes as we transfer to the Brisbane Airport to check in for our homeward flight. Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next adventure.