New Hidden Peaks bike trail pedals its luxury wares
If you’re into mountain biking and like your camping to come with a few of life’s luxuries, then the new Hidden Peaks Trail ride through the Scenic Rim should get your wheels spinning.
The four-day/three-night outdoor adventure combines 110km of varied cross-country cycling with luxury glamping, fine food and wine, and some of the best scenery on offer in this great southern land of ours.
Operating as part of the Australian Eco Trails collection of outdoor adventures, this is the latest offering from Flight Centre boss Graham “Skroo” Turner and his wife Jude.
The ride begins at their Spicers Peak Lodge at Maryvale, ends at Spicers Hidden Vale at Grandchester and to complete the Spicers group trifecta, pick-up and drop-off is from Spicers Balfour Hotel in New Farm – tempting for those looking at more traditional lodgings pre and post-ride. Brisbane Domestic Airport and Brisbane Central Station are also designated start/finish points.
Promotional material stresses that the ride is unsuitable for anyone without a basic mountain biking skill level, and while you don’t need to be an Olympic-class rider, a good level of fitness and basic technical ability is required.
Included in the $2290 per person package is three nights’ accommodation, transfers to and from Brisbane, use of a Merida 140 dual-suspension mountain bike with helmet and glasses, cycling gloves to keep, all food and drink (including quality beverages to celebrate each day’s riding/encourage sharing of stories of the day’s events) and experienced guides to accompany you throughout the journey.
The terrain varies from twisting and turning downhill/uphill mountain bike trails, to grassy farmland passages and quiet country roads, both gravel and sealed.
The first night’s accommodation is in luxury tents at Canopy Eco Lodge, complete with wooden floors, solar power and hotel-style king-sized/twin beds with fine linen ... hardly roughing it.
The opening dinner is prepared in front of you by an onsite chef and there’s an outdoor hot tub available for easing any aches from the day’s riding.
Night two is in new luxury red gum cabins at the Hidden Peaks Eco Camp, with accommodation coming complete with ensuite bathrooms and romantic fireplaces (for those sharing the trail with a loved one).
The final night is at Hideaway Cabins, with the double-bunk equipped cabins adjoining a shared bathroom block where the luxury continues with sweetly scented bath products and fluffy towels.
Meals on nights two and three are prepared by your guides, with a little bit of do-it-yourself involvement in compiling gourmet burgers for one of those meals.
Cooked breakfasts prepare you for each day of riding.
Over your four-day experience, expect to see glorious views, wildlife galore and the occasional bubbling creek criss-crossing your path.
Maximum group size is 10 riders, and it’s emphasised at the start that this is not a race.
The focus is on taking your time to enjoy the picturesque surroundings, making some new friends, eating/drinking fine fare, and having some exercise thrown in as a bonus.
Full details on the Hidden Peaks Trail here.
Keen to get back to nature?