Queensland’s Scenic Rim and Sunshine Coast 9-Day Walking Holiday
Queensland’s Scenic Rim and Sunshine Coast 9-Day Walking Holiday
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Destination: Australia/NZ/South Pacific
Tour Provider: APT
Duration: 9 days
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Description:

9 Days including a 5-day trek on the Scenic Rim Trail. A spectacular walk through a mountainous region rich in natural beauty including rainforests, gorges, eucalypt canopies and native wildlife. Stay in comfort  amidst the forest in eco cabins and luxury bush retreats and dine on Queensland’s finest gourmet produce and wines.


Inclusions & Highlights:

  • Stay in exclusive eco cabins and a farm house on the Scenic Rim Trail plus relax and indulge in luxury after your walk at Spicers Peak Lodge for 1 night
  • Walk through one of Australia’s most untouched regions, the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest of Main Range National Park
  • Carry day packs only in a small group up to 12 guests accompanied by APT Walking Leader and local walking guide
  • Finish with 2 nights at The Sebel in Noosa, with nearby beaches and national parks
  • Enjoy locally-inspired gourmet dining – a total of 23 meals including wine, beer and spirits during the Scenic Rim Trail walk & Spicers Peak Lodge
  • Travel between accommodation and trail-heads aboard a comfortable vehicle to explore the hinterlands & Glass House Mountains
  • Dine at the Chef-Hatted restaurant, The Peak at Spicers Peak Lodge
  • Optional private 4WD tour along the iconic stretch of sandy beaches between Noosa and Rainbow Beach, famous for its stunning coloured sands

Various departure dates available - 13 April 21, 11 May 21, 22 June 21 & 20 July 21


 


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Brisbane to Spicers Hidden Vale

Arrive into Brisbane where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat. After settling in to your cabin, wander over to the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre and learn about the work being done to protect its resident populations of white cheeked wallabies, koalas, king parrots and wedged tail eagles. In the evening, you'll be treated to the flavours of the local area, cooked on the outside coal-fired kitchen. Accommodation: Grandchester, Spicers Hidden Vale Cabins Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2. Scenic Rim Trail to Mount Mistake Farmhouse

After breakfast, begin the Scenic Rim trek with the ascent of Mount Mistake, one of a collection of 40 extinct volcanoes, that make up the Main Range. As you walk, enjoy plenty of rest breaks to take in panoramic views and enjoy your gourmet picnic lunch at a picturesque vantage point. Today’s walk is challenging in sections but your efforts will be amply rewarded upon arrival at the Mount Mistake Farmhouse, with its sweeping mountaintop views and where a gourmet dinner and comfortable bedroom with ensuite bathroom is waiting.
Walking distance 10 kilometres, 7-8 hours (Grade: Moderate)
Accommodation: Mount Mistake Farmhouse Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3. Scenic Rim Trail to Spicers Ampitheatre Eco Cabins

Today’s walk may be longer in distance but the track is relatively flat and with so much natural beauty to keep your mind occupied, you’ll hardly notice the kilometres. Set off from Mount Mistake after breakfast and you’ll soon approach a lush tract of the 180 million years old World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest. Learn about the rainforest’s fascinating ecology and surrounding ecosystems from your guide, and feel the wonder of being immersed in such awe-inspiring nature. Arrive at tonight’s eco-accommodation a set of ‘tree-house’ cabins set in a natural amphitheatre above the forest floor. After a delightful dinner and drinks in the common pavilion, retreat to your private cabin and be lulled to sleep by the magical sounds of the rainforest at night.
Walking distance 18 kilometres, -8 hours (Grade: Easy to Moderate)
Accommodation: Spicers Ampitheatre Eco Cabin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4. Scenic Rim Trail to Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabins

Today’s walking takes you deep into the Main Range National Park over a variety of terrains with stops at plenty of vantage points where you emerge from under the rainforest canopy to be greeted with spectacular views of nearby mountain peaks. As you descend the ridgeline, the rainforest gives way to equally ancient eucalyptus forest, alive with the song of native birds. Arrive at Dalrymple Creek where it is possible to swim in the fresh mountain spring water. Refreshed and replenished, it’s just a gentle ascent to the Timber Getters eco-cabins, where you will make camp for the evening.
Walking distance 16 kilometres, -8 hours (Grade: Moderate- with steps)
Accommodation: Spicers Timber Getters Eco Cabin Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5. Scenic Rim Trail to Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins

Today is your final full-day of walking. Set off after breakfast, crossing a rocky saddle and briefly re-entering rainforest before emerging to more open terrain. The panoramic views which will amplify the vastness of the entire Scenic Rim region. Spend most of the day walking across the open ridgeline of Mt Cordeaux, looking out over the farmlands in Fassifern Valley and Lake Moogerah, one of South East Queensland’s major vegetable growing areas. Your camp this evening is at Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins. Celebrate your achievements with another delicious meal in the dining pavilion a relaxing evening by the fireside in your own rustic cabin -  the perfect way to end your walk.
Walking distance 16 kilometres, 7-8 hours (Grade: Easy to Moderate)
Accommodation: Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6. Scenic Rim to Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale

This morning after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Spicers Peak Lodge, an award-winning luxury lodge set on a remote hilltop and surround by national park. Here you’ll have the day to enjoy the superb facilities, perhaps indulge in a spa treatment, or simply relax and unwind in your 5-star suite. Lunch and dinner, with a selection of drinks, will be served in The Peak restaurant, which has been awarded a Chef’s Hat for its exceptional modern cuisine using the best Australian produce. Accommodation: Maryvale, Spicers Peak Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7. Maryvale to Noosa

After a leisurely breakfast, set off for your journey to Noosa travelling through a spectacular part of Australia’s coastal hinterland, not on the usual tourist trails. Along the way, enjoy a gourmet lunch with views of the Glasshouse Mountains and enjoy a short, guided eco-walk through lush, sub-tropical rainforest with stops at quaint villages. Arrive into Noosa this afternoon and check in to your luxury hotel in the heart of Hastings Street. Accommodation: Two nights, The Sebel, Noosa Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8. Noosa

Choose how you wish to spend your day. Perhaps cruise in style along the beautiful waterways of Noosa in a restored 1950s mahogany speedboat including lunch at a local restaurant, then enjoy free time to wander along Hastings Street, the beaches and national park nearby. Or you may prefer to set off on a full day 4WD tour to Rainbow Beach. Here, set off for a walk to the Carlo Sand Blow viewing point, a unique ‘moonscape’ overlooking the famous coloured sands. Also look out for migrating whales and pods of dolphins from the Double Island Point Lighthouse. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9. Depart Noosa

After breakfast you will be collected from The Sebel and transferred to Sunshine Coast airport for your onward flight. Meals: Breakfast


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Terms & Conditions:

Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 17 July 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.