Guided Hike and Glamping
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Set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers is a unique guided hike experience taking groups through both National Park regions and Spicers private property which is exclusive to Scenic Rim Trail Guests. Spicers Retreats have created hiking trails through their 2,000ha private Nature Refuge to take guest back to nature, away from everyday life through ever changing unique eco-systems an environments. Throughout the journey your guides with point out local plant and animal species including bird songs, explain the rich history of the region and take you on a journey of discovery dating right back to traditional uses of various plants.
Starting with a light morning tea, pack collection and briefing at Spicers Clumber we were transferred to the starting point of Mt Mitchell and straight into a 5km hike to the top. Winding up through lush rainforest we hiked to the peak of Mt Mitchell where we were rewarded with panoramic views from the summit which on a clear day you can see Brisbane, D’Aguilar Range, Teviot Range, Fassifern Valley and many other parts of the scenic rim. Absolutely well worth the hike if you are in the area. After lunch at the top we then made our way off the Mt Mitchell track and onto Spicers Nature Reserve for the remaining 8km. Starting with Eucalypts so make sure you keep an eye out for Koala’s, we were lucky enough to see one :-). Continuing on through the bush, then onto the cattle property with regular breaks to learn about the amazing history of the area and just how amazing the region is. Finally arriving at Spicers Canopy where we were met with lovely cool towels and afternoon tea complete with drinks ready on the deck. Spicers Canopy is complete Glamping luxury with a main lodge for meals and group gatherings or just to relax on the deck or couches, a spa overlooking the amazing vista and a great place for sunset drinks, incredibly comfortable glamping tents and of course an amazing open fire - yet another great place for drinks!! Ending the day with a chef prepared meal….yes this really is camping in style.
Onto day 2 and of course I was up early so headed to the deck to watch the sunrise over the rim which was well worth the early rise. After a delicious breakfast we hiked out for what would be 16km of incredible scenery with some rather challenging sections. Starting along Millar Valley Creek, keep an eye out for snakes as there can be a few lurking around - we saw about 3 red belly blacks, a brown and marsh snakes. The creek is absolutely picturesque particularly after the recent rain, crystal clear and very inviting but with thoughts of a long days hiking ahead we resisted the urge to jump (or push someone else) in. At the end of the river section we enjoyed a short break before starting the hike up to morning tea. Whilst not an overly long section this hike up was steep and challenging so you do need a good level of fitness for the experience. Morning tea at the plateau preceded the second uphill section of the day which took us through amazing grass tree forest, along the knife edge trail of the rim with absolutely stunning views of the valley, up a short rope assisted climb and back into lush rainforest for lunch. I must say, all meals were chef prepared and far better than what I am used to when hiking….I think I need to find a chef to cater, lol. Anyway, after lunch we continued on 2 more hours through the ever changing but always amazing Scenic Rim Trail with giant ferns, more grass trees, ancient hoop pines, vistas over the valley canopy and finally arriving at Spicers Peak Lodge property where we headed to the lookout. The site was very welcoming with afternoon tea and drinks already setup on the table overlooking the valley….great way to finish a hard days hiking. Then ‘home’ to Spicers Canopy for an evening of drinks by the fire and yet another chef prepared meal.
Day 3 of the adventure was sadly home time. I wish I could have stayed at Spicers Canopy forever by this point so was in no hurry to leave. Another sunrise followed by another chef prepared breakfast…who would want to go back to reality? Anyway I highly recommend anyone to check out Scenic Rim by Spicers, it was an amazing experience and I look forward to one day going back for another adventure. Check them out at: http://www.scenicrimtrail.com
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