About the walk
Helpful tips & information
- Approx. 80km over 6-days
- You need a high level of fitness & stability
- Luggage is transferred daily
- Tour departs from Spicers Hidden Vale
- This dedicated 6-day tour has limited departures
- Alternatively you can combine the 2-day & 4-day walks
- The trails are Grade 4 & 5 (see grading reference)
- There are shared bathroom facilities at some camps
Group SizeSmall groups of max 12
General infoA good level of fitness and stability is required
Spicers Hidden Vale to Spicers Mt Mistake
Meet your guides and fellow walkers at 7.45am at Spicers Hidden Vale located at 617 Grandchester Mount Mort Road Grandchester.
Once you have arrived please make your way to reception with your luggage where your guides will be waiting to greet you.
If you would like the ease of staying the night prior at Spicers Balfour in Brisbane or Spicers Hidden Vale we can certainly assist with making a reservation.
If you are self driving, upon arrival take the lower entrance onto the unsealed road and park along the wooden fence. Undercover parking is not available, if this is a concern we can assist in arranging transfers.
Once the group has assembled we will depart in our 4WD bus to the start of the trail (40 min drive). There is a bathroom at the start of the trail if required. From here your luggage will be transferred up the mountain as you embark on your first day of walking.
Today’s trail is approx. 12km on Grade 4 & 5 trails. Trails will be long, rough, and steep in sections. We use the natural rock to navigate some sections with your guides safely leading the way.
An adventurous day that sees you climb up the Mistake Mountain Range with a 600m ascent. The ecosystem is dry sclerophyll forest with incredible views afforded throughout the day.
A highlight is the 16m rock ladder, which you’ll be safely harnessed to. If you have a grave fear of heights or any concerns there is a walk around trail.
Arrive at Camp
You will arrive into Spicers Mt Mistake at approx. 3.30pm welcomed with a cool drink, afternoon tea and a great sense of achievement. From here the afternoon is at your leisure.
The daily briefing where your guides will provide you with key information for the next day including communicating breakfast and departure times. Please note that timings may change depending on weather and conditions.
Spicers Mt Mistake to Spicers Amphitheatre
Breakfast is served at 7am with tea and coffee available earlier. Note: breakfast times may vary depending on the time of year and conditions. After breakfast you will pack your luggage and make your final preparations for the day. Your guides will provide you with your lunches & show you where to refill your water bottles.
8am walk out of camp saying farewell to your hosts who will transfer your luggage to the next camp.
Today’s trail is approximately 18km largely on a Grade 3 trail – Formed track, some obstacles. With some short steep hills, with the final hour of the day spent on a Grade 5 trail unformed track. The terrain is rough, unmarked and stunning.
We start the day with a climb before entering World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforest. This will be your first encounter of this natural wonder and a taste of what’s to come. Emerging from the rainforest we join a former logging road. In the final section of the day we step deep into the rainforest on a private Grade 5 trail that takes us into camp.
Arrive at Camp
Arrive into camp greeted by your friendly host with afternoon tea and a cool beverage. Your host and guides will take you up to your treehouse like cabin giving you an orientation and briefing for the incredible camp you find yourself in.
There are two communal wash pavilions and after a well earned shower you are welcome to make your way to the lounge to relax. Sunset at the viewing deck is highly recommended with dinner being served at 6pm.
Spicers Amphitheatre to Spicers Timber Getters
Each cabin has a yoga mat so feel free to roll it out on your private balcony or take it down to the viewing deck and enjoy some morning relaxation before breakfast.
Following our morning routine of breakfast, packing and getting organised we say farewell to our host and start the day.
Today’s walk entails Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 track. The total distance is approx. 16km. We start the day with a relatively flat warm up as we make our way up the access road enjoying the sounds of the rainforest birds as we go. This initial track can sometimes get muddy so we may have to skirt our way around some puddles as we make our way past.
As we descend into the valley we become enveloped by rainforest. Approximately half of today is on Grade 5 trail with our guides leading the way on the unmarked trails. We ascend down some rocky boulder sections that will require us to crouch down and go slowly. The pace is slower as we take care with our footing, navigating the tree roots and rocky sections.
Arrive at Camp
The last section of the day offers a climb up to camp where your hosts will be waiting to welcome you to Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins. Architecturally the camps are the same however each has a unique interior and exterior.
Formally a loggers camp you can view the old tin shed that once housed loggers ‘timber getters’ of the era. Gather in the lounge for your daily briefing ahead of dinner at 6pm.
Spicers Timber Getters to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins
The birdlife is particularly beautiful at dawn for the early risers. Following our morning routine of breakfast, packing and gathering our gear for the day, we say farewell to our host at 8am and start our day.
Today’s walk entails Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 trail and is approx. 16km. We start the day with a heartwarming climb up the fire trail past an old pine plantation. Once at the top we once again head deep into the rainforest on Grade 5 track. We come across some huge rainforest trees with buttresses five feet tall.
Once again the pace is slower as we all take care with our footing navigating the tree roots and rocky sections. Emerging from deep in the rainforest we scramble over Bare Rock offering 360 degree views on a clear day.
From here we join commonly used public trail often passing fellow walkers, not many of whom will ever venture where you have just been. In the final section of the trail the modern world comes into earshot as we hear trucks carrying goods from the coast to the west.
A vehicle will be waiting for you at the end of the trail ready to transfer you to Spicers Hidden Peaks.
Arrive at Camp
The drive is approximately 15 minutes to camp where you will be greeted and shown to your handcrafted log cabin, each with your own en-suite.
After you have rested and settled into camp meet around the fire pit to share stories and your favourite memories from the trip so far followed by dinner in the lodge.
Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins to Spicers Canopy Eco Camp
Following the same morning routine of 7am breakfast and 8am departure you will be transferred by vehicle to resume the trail (20 min drive).
Today is a 12km walk that takes you over the range and into Spicers Canopy. Enjoy beautiful views of the mountains as you traverse the range. The first half of the day includes a 480m ascent offering great views of the escarpment to the north.
The trails walked today are Grade 3 and Grade 4 with some rough and steep sections. Depending on weather and trail conditions we have a selection of alternative routes that may be walked on this day. The distance and difficulty is the roughly the same for all options.
Arrive at Camp
We arrive at Spicers Canopy for afternoon tea. After a well earned shower spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in your glamping style tent or enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub, a beautiful spot for sunset.
Dinner will be served in the lodge at 6pm.
Spicers Canopy to Spicers Peak Lodge
If the weather is clear we highly recommend getting up early and watching the sun rise over the mountains. Following the morning program we will walk out of camp at 8am for our final day of hiking. If at this point you are in need of a break you can opt to relax at camp and be transferred to Spicers Peak Lodge later in the day.
The hike up to Spicers Peak Lodge is approx. 15km and starts by walking across the paddock outside of camp before descending into Oakey Creek. A beautiful and peaceful place to walk with some special Indigenous history.
The final hike is incredibly rewarding as we ascend up and alongside Spicers Peak and onto Cedar Mountain, home of Spicers Peak Lodge. This is a Grade 5 track with no defined trail.It is rated as hard and requires a high level of fitness. Those who enjoy hiking in the mountains will thoroughly enjoy this day.
Spicers Peak Lodge
As you walk across the plateau the lodge will become visible in the distance and as you take your final steps you will feel such an incredible sense of achievement.
Now it’s time to relax & rejuvenate for the next 2 days with an all inclusive stay and timings at your leisure.
Day Seven & Eight at Spicers Peak Lodge
Enjoy a relaxing morning with breakfast available from 7.30am. Sunrise and sunsets are always a highlight at Peak Lodge if you want to wake up a little earlier to catch it.
We highly recommend booking an appointment (or two) for the Spa Anise Day Spa.
Spicers Peak Lodge has a variety of experiences should you wish to add a little more to your week away. Alternatively you can sit by the fire in the lodge reading a book.
Some of our favourite activities include whiskey appreciation, 4WD tour and star gazing. Activities do change daily so it is best to plan ahead.
If you would like to experience any of the activities on offer at Spicers Peak Lodge we recommend booking in advance and our reservations team will gladly assist with any arrangements. The poolside spa is a great place to enjoy a bottle of bubbles and watch the sunset.
Lunch & Dinner
Lunch and dinner will be held in the lodge and you can choose to dine as a group or on your own. The Peak Restaurant is renowned for it’s delicious food with Chef Dean Alsford creating inspiring dining experiences in the most unique setting.
Morning at Leisure
Enjoy a another delightful breakfast and a morning at leisure before the helicopter arrives at 11am. There will be two trips with one group going first and the other following soon after.
Flying time is approximately 20 minutes and both groups should arrive by 12pm, give or take the time it takes to load and unload the heli.
- Inclusions shown are for the dedicated 6-day tour
- Solo traveller rate is $10,469 with guaranteed own room
- 7 nights accommodation
- 5 nights staying at unique eco-camps
- 2 nights at Spicers Peak Lodge
- 6 days (80km) of guided hiking
- All meals select beverages including alcohol
- One-way scenic helicopter transfer on your final morning
*Prices shown are per person twin share. The price show is a ‘from’ rate and is subject to change without notice.
September - 2022
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
October - 2022
Thursday, 13 October 2022
March - 2023
Wednesday, 29 March 2023
May - 2023
Wednesday, 10 May 2023
June - 2023
Wednesday, 14 June 2023