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6 Day

Grading: Moderate to Hard
Up to 18km/per day
$6,492 - $9,510* pp

About the walk

Spanning the entire length of the Scenic Rail Trail, this 6-day walk is the trip of a lifetime. No two days are the same, with breath taking scenery, diverse walking terrain, unique luxury eco accommodation and superb food and wine. The 6-day walk encompasses all of the highlights of the 4-day walk – including Mt Mistake, ancient Gondwana rainforest, 360-degree views at Bare Rock and arcing ridges near Cunningham’s Gap – and adds the irresistible southern sector of the walk featuring the heights of Mt Mitchell, the secrets of Oakey Creek and the indulgences of Spicers Peak Lodge. Our passionate, knowledgeable guides will happily share the history of the land and the stories of the outdoors with you as you go, making the walk as informative as it is enjoyable. Plus, over the course of the six days you’ll have ample opportunity to relax with a drink in hand, savour a spectacular meal, connect with others in great conversation or simply find a moment to breathe in the peace. Your accommodation is a journey in itself and will be an unforgettable highlight of your adventure. For the first 4 nights you will experience the unique and comforting amenities of Mt Mistake Farmhouse, Spicers Amphitheatre, Spicers Timber Getters and Spicers Hidden Peaks. On the following nights, you’ll discover true glamping at Spicers Canopy luxury tents and the pure indulgences of Spicers Peak Lodge. The Spicers Scenic Rim 6-day walk has quickly become an iconic Australian experience. It has cemented its place in the pantheon of Australia’s greatest walks and is a must-do for any discerning walker.
Helpful tips & information
  • Approximately 70 km of hiking over 5 days
  • You need a high level of fitness and stability
  • Luggage is transferred daily
  • Tour departs from Spicers Hidden Vale
  • This dedicated 6-day tour has limited departures
  • The trails are Grade 3-5 (see grading reference)
  • There are shared bathroom facilities at some camps
Group Size
Small groups of max 12
General info
A good level of fitness and stability is required

Accommodation

Trail info

Itinerary

Day 1
Grading: Moderate to hard
12km
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. Simply contact our Reservations team on 13 77 42 to book your stay.

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.

Heli transfer On your final morning you will be transferred by helicopter back to Spicers Hidden Vale arriving between 11:30am - 12:30pm.
Transfer

Once the group has assembled you will depart in the 4WD bus to the start of the trail, just a 40 min drive from Spicers Hidden Vale. 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

Today’s trail is approximately 12 km on Grade 4 and 5 trails. Trails will be long, rough and steep in sections. You will use the natural rock to navigate some sections with your guides safely leading the way.

Day one is 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 about climbing the ladder, there is an alternative trail.

Birds of prey The edge of the escarpment is a favourite for birds of prey including the Wedge Tailed Eagle.
Arrive at Camp

You will arrive into Spicers Mt Mistake at approximately 3:30pm where you will be welcomed with a cool drink, afternoon tea and a great sense of achievement. From here the afternoon is at your leisure.

Your group will gather together for 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.

Dinner Share style dinner will be served at 6pm, followed by time spent relaxing by the indoor or outdoor fire
Day 2
Grading: Moderate
18 km
Spicers Mt Mistake to Spicers Amphitheatre

Breakfast is served at 7:00am with tea and coffee available earlier. 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 and show you where to refill your water bottles.

Recommendation If the sky is clear, we highly recommend watching the sunrise at Spicers Mount Mistake
Departure

You will depart camp at 8am after saying farewell to your hosts who will transfer your luggage to the next camp.

Today’s trail

Today’s trail is approximately 18km largely on a Grade 3 trail – a formed track with some obstacles and some short, steep hills. The final hour of the day is spent on a Grade 5, unformed track. The terrain is rough, unmarked and filled with natural beauty.

You’ll 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, you’ll join a former logging road. In the final section of the day you’ll step deep into the rainforest on a private Grade 5 trail that takes you into camp.

Arrive at camp

Arrive into camp where you’ll be 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. After a well earned shower you are welcome to make your way to the lounge to relax. We recommend enjoying the sunset at the viewing deck before is served at 6pm.

Suggestion You may wish to leave the tilt door in your cabin open overnight and enjoy the sounds of the forest.
Day 3
Grading: Moderate
16km
Spicers Amphitheatre to Spicers Timber Getters

Each cabin has a yoga mat, so feel free to stretch out on your private balcony or take your mat down to the viewing deck and enjoy some morning relaxation before breakfast.

Following your morning routine of breakfast, packing and getting organised, you’ll say farewell to our host and start the day of walking.

Today’s trail

Today’s walk entails Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 trails. The total distance is approximately 16 km. 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 you may have to skirt your way around some puddles as we make our way along the track.

As we descend into the valley we become enveloped by rainforest. Approximately half of today’s walk is on Grade 5 trail. Your guides will lead the way on the unmarked trails. You’ll ascend down some rocky boulder sections that will require you to crouch down and move slowly. The pace is slower as you take care with your 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 camp is the same as Spicers Amphitheatre, however each has a unique interior and exterior.

Formally a loggers camp, you can view the old tin shed that once housed loggers, or ‘timber getters’, of the era. Gather in the lounge for your daily briefing ahead of dinner at 6pm.

Suggestion Enjoy a glass of port or Bailey's after dinner before turning in for a restful night of sleep
Day 4
Grading: Moderate
16km
Spicers Timber Getters to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins

The birdlife at Spicers Timbergetters is particularly beautiful at dawn.

Following your morning routine of breakfast, packing and gathering our gear for the day,  say farewell to your host at 8am and start your day.

Today’s trail

Today’s walk entails Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 trail and is approximately 16 km. You’ll start the day with a heartwarming climb up the fire trail past an old pine plantation. Once at the top, you’ll 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  you take care with your footing while navigating the tree roots and rocky sections. Emerging from deep in the rainforest, you’ll scramble over Bare Rock. This spectacular location offers 360 degree views on a clear day.

From here, you’ll join the commonly used public trail where you may pass 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 you 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 its own ensuite bathroom.

After you have rested and settled into camp, gather around the fire pit to share stories and your favourite memories from the trip so far. Enjoy a hearty dinner in the lodge.

Day 5
Grading: Moderate
12 km
Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins to Spicers Canopy Eco Camp

Enjoy breakfast at camp from 7am before setting off for the day.

You’ll be transferred by bus to Cunningham’s Gap, from where you’ll climb the twin summits of Mt Mitchell. The steady ascent rewards more breathtaking views of the southern ridges and escarpments of the Main Range National Park. Once taking in the expansive views from the top we descend into Spicers private Nature Refuge crossing creek beds and the farm lands of Peak Station to walk directly into Spicers Canopy.

 

Today’s trail

The twin peaks of Mt Mitchell is an iconic feature along the Scenic Rim Trail and a popular stand alone hike. Our 12km trail takes you over the summit with sweeping views of the southerly end of the Main Range and beyond through Spicers Nature refuge and onto Peak Station where Spicers Canopy awaits.

Arrive at Camp

After arriving at Spicers Canopy you’ll be welcomed with a foot spa soak, afternoon canapes and arrival drinks.

Enjoy a well-earned shower and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in your glamping-style tent, lounging in the main lodge savoring the aroma of the evening dinner being prepared, or enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub overlooking farmland paddocks with the summits of Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell basking in the warm sunset glow.

Highlight Enjoy some fireside conversation after dinner or head outside and marvel at the stars if the night is clear.
Day 6
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.

This is the morning where a little sleep in is welcome as there is no full-day hike ahead of you. Breakfast will be served at 8am, but for early risers, the main lodge will be open from 7am and your host will be ready to serve hot drinks.

The fire will be crackling and there are many spots to relax and lose yourself in a good book, stretch out with some yoga, or even enjoy another soak in the hot tub to soothe those leg muscles. The choice is yours.

For those who still wish to be a little active, your Guides are still available to help you explore Spicers Peak Station and visit the beautiful creeks brimming with wildlife which run through the property.

Journey to Spicers Peak Lodge

At 11:30am, you’ll be transferred to Spicers Peak Lodge where you’ll check in and your bags will be taken to your room. Sit down to enjoy an indulgent lunch while immersing yourself in the charm and beauty of one of Australia’s very best luxury lodges.

 

An afternoon of relaxed luxury

Spend the afternoon exploring Spicers Peak Lodge at your leisure or opt for one of our guided experiences. If relaxation after five days of hiking is what you’re after, book your moment of serenity at Spa Anise and indulge in one of our luxurious treatments.

In the evening, enjoy a drink or two beside the fire pit followed by an indulgent dinner at The Peak restaurant. Choose to dine on your own, or as a group with your fellow walkers, it is purely up to you how you spend your final night with us.

Day 7
Spicers Peak Lodge

Enjoy a morning of serenity at Spicers Peak Lodge including breakfast and perhaps one last walk around the stunning surrounds of the property, saying good morning to the highland cows or inspecting the chef’s market garden.

Highlight On a clear day, sunrise and sunset are spectacular
Helicopter transfer

At 10:30am, your helicopter transfer will arrive at the Lodge for your return journey to Spicers Hidden Vale. The pilot will trace the hiking trail from the sky, showcasing each accommodation setting and EcoCamp, geographical highlights such as Bare Rock and allowing you to see the vast beauty of the entire Main Range giving you a further sense of what you have achieved on your journey.

For safety reasons, the size of the group and overall weight needs to be accounted for in determining the number of Heli rotations required. Your luggage will travel with you and if you are on the second rotation, please relax, the views are just as good.

If you have arranged private vehicle transfers you will be collected from Spicers Hidden Vale.

Inclusions

Our 6 Day Walk costs $12,984 twin share ($6,492 per walker) or $9,510 for single walkers. This includes:

  • Inclusions shown are for the dedicated 6-day tour
  • 6 nights accommodation
    • 5 nights staying at unique eco-camps
    • 1 nights at Spicers Peak Lodge
  • 5 days (approximately 70km) of guided hiking
  • All meals and beverages including alcohol
  • One-way scenic helicopter transfer on your final morning

Please bring your own day backpack and a 2.5L water bottle or bladder. Please bring walking poles and gaiters if you prefer to use them.

Departures

April - 2024

6-Day Walk + Heli

Wednesday, 24 April 2024

June - 2024

6-Day Walk + Heli

Wednesday, 5 June 2024

July - 2024

6-Day Walk + Heli

Wednesday, 17 July 2024

Guaranteed departure
1 room remaining

August - 2024

6-Day Walk + Heli

Wednesday, 21 August 2024

Guaranteed departure

September - 2024

6-Day Walk + Heli

Wednesday, 25 September 2024

Guaranteed departure

October - 2024

6-Day Walk + Heli

Wednesday, 30 October 2024