Say hello to south-east Queensland’s Scenic Rim Trail (and new eco pods!)
If a walking holiday is on your travel bucket list for 2019 – especially one where the surrounding nature gives you serious heart-eyes and the comfort levels go way beyond polyester tenting – lace up for the Spicers Scenic Rim Trail 5-day ecotourism experience.
Into the wild
Just 1.5 hours from Brisbane, and set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim is a pretty special corner of the world. And this new 5-day/5-night guided luxury walking tour (it currently exists as a 2-day adventure) has you trekking through 55 beautiful kilometres of it.
With the existing walking track being extended (but still A-okay for anyone boasting moderate fitness levels), you’ll set off from Mount Mistake and weave through parts of Main Range National Park, taking in sub-tropical rainforests, eucalypt forests, old logging trails, waterfalls and ancient volcanic terrain as you ascend and descend just a handful of the 40 mountain peaks here. Throw in sightings of endangered rock wallabies and ample flora lessons (the guides here really know their stuff) and you’re basically on the great Australian adventure.
So, it’s no wonder then, that the current 2-day Spicers Scenic Rim Trail is a part of the Great Walks of Australia collection, with the 5-day tour to be graded and hopefully included in the collection later this year.
Rest your weary legs
Two words you’ll be chuffed to hear after walking an average of nine kilometres per day: Relaxed luxury. You can thank the two new sustainable eco-camps that combine with Spicers’ existing properties to make up a one-of-a-kind accommodation journey.
The walk starts at one Spicers retreat (Spicers Hidden Vale) and finishes at another (Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins), with all the luxuries of good food, plush king-size bedding and ensuite bathrooms in between. However, it’s the newbies, Spicers Amphitheatre Eco Cabins and Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins, that will have you floating above the forest floor in a unique treehouse-like sleeping “pod” with private balcony and magical views to boot.
As for the refuelling? The daily menu (including a cooked breakfast and dinner at each lodging; and a packed morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the trails) are designed by Ash Martin, the head chef at Spicers Retreats’ Homage. Think wholesome and hearty dishes that follow a paddock-to-plate philosophy, plus all-inclusive tipples to reward your tramping efforts.
Good for the environment
Ecotourism is booming; that’s no secret. But given this stunning haven of relatively untouched nature is no longer so hush-hush, great care has been taken to ensure the structures make a positive impact on our environment in the long-run.
Your showers might be timed (four minutes and counting), but the feel-good factor is a big drawcard to this tour for any eco-warrior. Sustainability is as king-sized as the beds, with the use of carefully-sourced and recyclable building materials, and low water-use toilets among the initiatives.
If you don’t arrive with a bursting appreciation for Queensland’s bushland beauty and history, you’ll certainly leave with a heaped dose of it. There are few worthier spots to ‘leave only footprints’ as you stand atop this spec-tac-ular trail and breathe in the fresh mountain air. It’s not called Scenic for nothing.
Booking are now open for 2019 and 2020, with the 5-day Spicers Scenic Rim Trail starting in October 2019. You can also combine the 2-day and 5-day trails for an epic 7-day experience.
Looking for more stunning walks around Queensland?
Lace up and try these on for size:
- Cooloola Great Walk
- Fraser Island Great Walk
- Mackay Highlands Great Walk
- Carnarvon Gorge day walks
- Stinson Walk in the Gold Coast Hinterland