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Summer

Grading: Moderate
Up to 16kmkm/per day
$3,949* pp

About the walk

Skip the heat and escape to the mountains this summer. With high altitude, rainforest canopy and a helicopter transfer at the end summer hiking has never been so appealing.
Helpful tips & information
  • The canopy of the rainforest makes summer hiking a treat
  • A good level of fitness and stability is required
  • The trails are predominantly Grade 5 (see grading reference)
  • Communal bathrooms at the ecocamps
  • Book a spa treatment for the end of the trip
Group Size
Small groups of max 12
General info
A good level of fitness and stability is required

Accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1
Grading: Moderate
8
Meeting Point

Meet your guides and fellow walkers on our property located at 7791 Cunningham Hwy Clumber 4309 located 1.5hrs from central Brisbane. Follow the Scenic Rim Trail signs up the dirt driveway where we will be waiting to greet you.

Your vehicle will be parked here for the duration of your trip. From here you will be transferred up into the mountains with a packed lunch to be enjoyed on route. The drive time is approx. 1hr to the start of this afternoons walk.

Today’s Trail

Your luggage will be transferred to camp while your guides lead you into camp on foot. Enjoy an 8km walk through the rainforest and onto a private Grade 5 trail that will bring you into Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Camp where your host will be eagerly awaiting your arrival.

Arrival at Camp

As you walk into camp you’ll be in awe of 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 a well-earned hot shower, and a rest  you will congregate in the common pavilion for a hearty dinner.

You are assured of a good night’s rest in your private cabin with signature Spicers beds, separate room for sorting your gear and a daybed that can be used as a single bed should you prefer. Each cabin has a private balcony with an incredible door that opens up to views of the bushland.

A share-style, chefs selection dinner will be enjoyed in the main lodge tonight as you eagerly anticipate the next two days of walking.

Day 2
Grading: Moderate
16km
Morning & Breakfast

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.

Today’s Trail

The ecosystems of today’s journey are particularly noticeable starting in a wooded forest with beautiful walkways fringed by boulders and contrasting bright green foliage. Enjoy stepping back in time and absorb the forest around you. Large stands of red cedar, white beech and hoop pine once stood proudly in these forests. Search the forest for the subtle reminders of the harvesting that took place here between 1840 and 1985.

As we journey deeper we enter an unharvested section of the park and the trees get thicker and taller, 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 and are protected from winds.

Wildlife encounter Keep an eye out for the enigmatic Albert’s lyrebird, the endangered eastern bristlebird and the vulnerable black-breasted button-quail
Today’s Lunch

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 you rest quietly it feels as though you are sitting among a village of elders.

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 and a cool green pool. We’ll rest a while and you can refill your water bottle from the waterfall. From here it is a gentle ascent into Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins.

Arrival at Camp

Arriving into camp in the afternoon, you will be greeted by your host for the evening who will serve you refreshments.

Day 3
Grading: Moderate
16km
Morning & Breakfast

After a restful sleep in your private cabin, we’ll enjoy breakfast before heart warming ascent up a fire trail 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.

Today’s Trail

You’ll be looking out over the Fassifern Valley, a collective of towns known for vegetable farming and in particular carrots, onions, potatoes, pumpkins & melons. The lake you see beyond, Lake Moogerah, was built in 1903 in order to irrigate the valley. It is one of four major vegetable growing regions in South East Queensland & you would have tasted the produce along your journey.

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.

Arrival at Camp

As we complete the descent of Mount Cordeaux, you will be transferred to Spicers Peak Lodge (approx. 35min drive), arriving at approx. 4.30pm. Here you can completely unwind and relax for the next 2-days. We highly recommend booking a spa treatment ahead of time.

Day 4
Grading: N/A
N/A
Morning & Breakfast

Breakfast is at your leisure and starts from 7.30am. Today you can do as much or as little as you like. If you would like to continue exploring you can pre-arrange a guided hike with our Spicers Peak Lodge guide.

Additional activities

There are a number of activities on offer or perhaps some relaxation in the day spa is more in order after your days of hiking.

Enjoy Meals and beverages all-inclusive
Day 5
Grading: N/A
N/A
Final Morning

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast once again before departing the mountain via helicopter. There is no better way to appreciate the vastness of the area and to re-trace your steps from the sky as you fly over the trails you just walked.

The helicopter will return you back to Clumber where your vehicle or onward Brisbane transfer awaits.

Highlight Scenic helicopter flight

Inclusions

  • 2.5 days of guided hiking including 2-nights at our luxury eco-camps
  • 2-nights at Spicers Peak Lodge
  • Scenic helicopter flight on the final morning
  • All beverages including select alcohol
  • All nourishing meals

Departures

December - 2022

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Friday, 2 December 2022

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Monday, 5 December 2022

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Friday, 9 December 2022

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Monday, 12 December 2022

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Friday, 16 December 2022

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Monday, 19 December 2022

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Saturday, 31 December 2022