If you’re dreaming of a Queensland getaway, a visit to the picturesque Scenic Rim should be high on your bucket list. Stretching across rainforests and farmland, the area is famous for its beautiful scenery, award-winning food and wine, World Heritage Listed sites, and romantic cottages, farmsteads and lodge retreats. There is none more highly rated than Spicers Peak Lodge. What started as a small mountain-top property, where the only structures were a few sheds and an old barn, Spicers Peak Lodge was built with dedication, love and care. Founders Jude and Graham dreamed of sharing the beauty of Queensland’s Scenic Rim with the public, and the location underwent three years of development to create one of Australia’s most luxurious hotel experiences.
The peak of ‘relaxed luxury’ as the team have so aptly described the establishment, the iconic Peak Lodge is the award-winning, original establishment of the Australia-wide group of boutique hotels, Spicers Retreats. Spicers Peak Lodge is part of the ‘Luxury Lodges of Australia’ collection and is the only luxury lodge in South East Queensland. Far from the stress of everyday life, Peak Lodge is positioned over 1,100 metres above sea level, as if hidden in the clouds, and is the ultimate location to view the spectacular Milky Way in all its glory. Set on 8,000 acres of lush bush and farmland, guests look out upon the World Heritage Listed Main Range National Park and Great Dividing Range, and are encouraged to reconnect with nature and discover the hidden beauty of the region.
Peak Lodge offers guests a choice to stay in bespoke suites in the main lodge or a private stand-alone lodge perched on the serene escarpment of the property. Filled with luxe furnishings and warming fireplaces, guests will feel both perfectly at home and enveloped in sophistication, a balance that Peak Lodge has mastered over the years. Each of the modern suites offer views across the valley, with the mountain ranges as a gorgeous backdrop. The suites also feature infinity hot tubs and private balconies to take in the wondrous views.
If you’re hoping to further explore the Scenic Rim area during your getaway, look into booking one of the tours or masterclasses available at the lodge. The Peak Lodge Guided Bushland Walk
is an intimate Australian wilderness experience where you will be lead through a sub-tropical rainforest pocket, eucalypt woodlands and ancient grass tree tracks. You may encounter a red-necked wallaby, eastern grey kangaroo, or even wallaroos and crimson rosellas.
If taking a back seat is more your style, you can admire the stunning surrounds with a sunset 4WD tour or take to the sky with a scenic flight like no other. Take in the breathtaking views of the Great Dividing Range and the pristine vistas of surrounding Main Range National Park, and finish the tours with a picnic and champagne for two. For something slightly more substantial after adventuring, there is just as much culinary excitement to be found back at the lodge, with the delicious and contemporary cuisine in Peak Lodge’s exceptional restaurant, The Peak.
With such a uniquely Australian setting, it’s only fitting that The Peak uses the best of Australian produce, sourced from the best producers from around Australia. Aiming to put the best of Australia on a plate, the inspired menu changes daily to never tire the tastebuds and showcase the best of the team’s culinary talents and local ingredients. The majestic Peak Lodge is located in Maryvale, Queensland, offering exceptional dining experiences, luxurious suites and the perfect blend of connection and seclusion. It’s simply waiting for you to arrive.
Head to spicersretreats.com to explore and book.
This article was originally published in Issue 16 – By the light of the moon