Experiencing Luxury on the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers

I don’t pretend to be an avid hiker, bushwalker or camping aficionado. I prefer a white sandy beach with beautiful, cool water and a shady spot to sit and relax with a good book; this is where you usually find luxury. Hiking isn’t normally associated with luxury travel. Most of the time, you spend the day climbing mountains and exploring dense forests, then curl up in a small tent with a tin of food.

Luxury hiking Australia lodge

Thankfully, one of Australia’s premier luxury retreat brands has developed a hiking trail through Queensland’s stunning Scenic Rim and paired it with 5-star accommodation and gourmet food and wine. It makes for a truly unique experience, one you will not soon forget.

Hiking in Australia Spicers Peak

The walk takes place over four days, exploring Queensland’s High Country. It is a journey into Australia’s bushland and the heart of our country. The adventure starts in the foothills of South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park, an area famous for its stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus.

From here, experienced guides lead the group through a region that contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, numerous state forests and national parks. Combined with large portions of private land, including Spicers Peak Station, a 2,000 hectare nature refuge, walkers enjoy a rare opportunity to explore land previously only touched by early pioneers.

Hiking Spicers Canopy

Throughout the journey, knowledgeable and friendly guides share tales, rituals and traditions of the region’s indigenous inhabitants; people forever woven into the natural environment of this land. You’re given the opportunity to learn about the land and, if you’re lucky, spot some of our beautiful local wildlife in their natural habitat, like wallabies and koalas.

Comfortable tent hiking Australia

As with all Spicers Retreats, you get to experience luxurious accommodation, gourmet food, award-winning wine and attentive service at every step of the journey. The first two nights are spent sleeping under the stars of the Australian sky at eco-site, Spicers Canopy. Guests are treated to their own safari-style tent, with a huge comfortable bed, fine linens and Bemboka throws for absolute comfort.

Australia hiking fire pit Spicers Peak

The main lodge houses an open fireplace, library and central dining table boasting first-class food and wine. At night, the sky lights up like a velvety blanket of diamonds. During the day, the wide open space and fresh air is grounding and humbling. At the end of each day, guests sit around the fire-pit outside, sipping fine wines and reminiscing over the day’s adventures. 

The last night of the trail is spent at Spicers Peak Lodge, Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge and a retreat that has been named Queensland’s most luxurious accommodation six times in the last nine years. Peak Lodge is warm and welcoming, a grand site with panoramic views of a picture-perfect bushland.

Spicers Peak accomodation dinner

Dinner degustation dessert

Guests are treated to an incredible seven-course degustation dinner at the on-site “Hatted” restaurant, complete with paired wines. It is a memorable dining experience and the best end to an unforgettable weekend. The rooms are huge and luxurious, boasting a big comfortable bed, fireplace and all the luxurious trimmings to rest your body.

Australia hiking Spicers Canopy

Every detail of Spicers accommodation has been well thought out, with guests' comfort in mind. All your luggage is transferred for you and there’s a fresh hot shower waiting for you at the end of each day, something you wouldn’t normally experience when hiking.

The staff always greet you with a warm smile and a friendly hello. There’s nothing they won’t do to make your stay more enjoyable and you can tell they absolutely love where they work.

Beautiful view Spicers Canopy

Along the Scenic Rim Trail, walkers come face-to-face with an abundance of unique plants, animals and distinctive vegetation. In fact, one of Australia’s only two species of lyrebird inhabits the region’s rainforest and wet eucalypt forests.

Landscape Spicers Canopy

It is a rare and wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Australia’s natural beauty and lose yourself in the stunning bushland that is Queensland’s Scenic Rim.

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