Go beyond big city holidays: Embrace nature to unwind and recharge fully for the new year

Brisbane's World Heritage-listed backyard (it’s just an easy one-hour drive from the city) and recent addition to Lonely Planet's top 10 hottest destinations to visit in 2022, the Scenic Rim is made up of lush rainforests, spectacular mountain ranges and ancient landforms.

For tourists, this means luxury lodges set in the sprawling outdoors, an abundance of top-quality, locally-produced food served at farms and vineyards across the countryside, and plenty of walking tracks, cycling trails and natural rock pools for nature adventures. In other words: the perfect salve to city life.

The crown jewel of the Scenic Rim is no doubt the 47-kilometre Scenic Rim Trail hiking experience through the remote mountains of Main Range National Park. Operated through a partnership between the Queensland Government and luxury eco tourism operator Spicers Retreats, the hiking trip traverses undulating ridges and volcanic escarpment to grasstree-filled eucalyptus forests and subtropical rainforests. It is nature at its unspoiled best.

On this journey, you awaken to stunning sunrises, the chorus of songbirds and hearty breakfasts prepared by the lodgings’ hosts – a necessary part of the day to fuel up for the long walks ahead. After all, these are not for the exercise-averse; Spicer Retreats recommends that you possess a certain level of aerobic fitness so as to comfortably navigate the ups and downs of the trail. Opt for the two-day walk if you are short on time, or add on extra days to your itinerary if you want to be challenged.

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