A small and intimate lodge offering tranquility and total seclusion, set in the world heritage rainforest, Daintree Wilderness Lodge is one of the most natural hideaways in tropical north Queensland.
Spicers Peak Lodge
Spicers Peak Lodge sits on a grassy plateau on Cedar Mountain, part of the Scenic Rim region in Queensland’s Main Range National Park. You approach it via a long, craggy road, but the climb’s worth it: once you step into the light-filled lounge of the main lodge, you gaze out over a hazy horizon of mountain spurs, gum forest, and open, gently undulating pastureland. Every now and again, red-necked wallabies emerge from the treeline. There are just 12 rooms, giving the lodge a very intimate feel. You’re encouraged to make the most of its expansive grounds and position within the national park: the lodge is skirted by several private walking and mountain biking tracks, and you can also opt for private hikes with an expert guide, which take you farther afield. It’s equally the kind of property where you can simply relax and take in the fresh mountain air: there’s a pool with loungers, a spa, and all rooms have views of the surrounding countryside. Fine dining at The Peak Restaurant (with the option of tasting menus), and warm yet discreet service help to make Spicers Peak an ideal escape at the end of a busy trip.
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There are ten rooms located in the main lodge building, and two private cottages situated a short walk or drive across the pasture. Rooms are in keeping with the rest of the lodge, with recycled Canadian douglas fir and basalt stone fireplaces featuring in their design. Piles of coffee table books and novels are strewn about liberally. You can choose from loft suites, lodge suites, lodge spa suites (all located in the main building) or a one- or two-bed private lodge (sometimes referred to as ‘cottages’). All rooms are en suite with air conditioning, WiFi and tea and coffee facilities.
The lodge is surrounded by farmland and a nature reserve of dry sclerophyll forest where native birdlife and several species of wallaby thrive. The only public access to the lodge is via a long, sweeping road that takes a good 20 minutes to drive, making it utterly secluded. Brisbane is about a 90-minute drive away, and Lamington National Park roughly a two-and-a-half-hour drive.
Food and drink
All stays include breakfast, a two-course lunch, and a gourmet dinner at The Peak Restaurant, located just next to the lodge’s lounge. For dinner, there’s the option to try various multi-course tasting menus. If you’re heading out for the day on a guided hike, guides will bring along a packed lunch (usually wraps, fruit and a cheeseboard) for you.
Spicers Peak prefers to be adults-only, but accepts young people aged 16 and over.
Facilities and activities
As well as the pool and spa, the lodge has a library corner with a pool table and board games. Your stay includes several complimentary activities depending on which night(s) you visit, such as gin tasting and or drinks by the lodge’s firepit. You can also take part in one-hour, complimentary guided walks of the plateau and the lodge’s patch of subtropical rainforest. A range of other, paid-for guided hikes and sunset 4x4 tours can be arranged.
One of the rooms in the main lodge building is wheelchair-accessible, as is the lodge’s lounge, restaurant and spa.
Environmental and social responsibility
Like all the properties in the Spicers portfolio, Spicers’ Peak has several great sustainability initiatives. Ingredients are sourced as much as possible from the lodge’s own kitchen garden, and food waste is fed to a local farm’s pigs. Drinking water in the room is provided in glass bottles, and the lodge is taking steps to roll out a plastic-free minibar. Solar panels are also fitted on some lodge buildings.
If you’re looking to spend time in Australia’s great outdoors and are also wanting to treat yourself to a restful, luxurious stay in a really classy hotel, we think Spicers Peak Lodge fits the bill.
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