Scenic Rim, Australia

Spicers Peak Lodge

Rates per night from$656.36

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD908.18), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Luxe modern chalet


Peak plateau

Dramatically set at the top of a peak in the Scenic Rim, Australia’s highest non-alpine hotel, Spicers Peak Lodge, will wow you with its views and endless adventure opportunities. If the 8,000-acre cattle station and private nature refuge doesn’t enchant, try the hotel’s dreamy dining – an all-inclusive indulgence – or the winning wine tours in this vineyard-rich region.

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Photos Spicers Peak Lodge facilities

Need to know


10 suites, plus two lodges.


11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from $656.36 (AU$908), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Standard rates include daily breakfast, a light lunch or gourmet picnic hamper, dinner at the Peak restaurant (chef's menu or à la carte) and all drinks during your stay (excluding 'cellar master' picks and premium cocktails).


We love the inviting lounge in the grand main lodge, with its high ceilings, stunning grey stone fireplace, smart art and curios. Soak up panoramic views of peak-dotted ranges from the terrace, where you can also spy the local herd of Scottish Highland cattle grazing alongide kangaroos and rock wallabies.

At the hotel

Lounge, viewing balcony, library with books and DVDs, billiards room, spa, tennis court, lawn games, mountain bikes, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Bose Bluetooth speaker, Nespresso machines, free minibar, Appelles toiletries. All ground-floor Suites feature open fireplaces and wooden verandas. Private Lodges also offer a DVD player and Foxtel premium channels, a kitchenette and outdoor spa tub, too.

Our favourite rooms

Spa fiends should bag one of the Lodge Spa Suites in the main lodge, which sport spa baths as well as luxe extras such as a bottle of champagne. For added privacy, hightail it to the One-bedroom Private Lodge, secluded among eucalyptus trees on the edge of the escarpment with jaw-dropping valley views. The outdoor infinity spa, lounge room with toasty fireplace, Nespresso machine and bottle of bubbly should make for a hot date.


Step through the glass doors of the lounge onto the terrace and you'll find a spacious deck-fringed infinity pool. Relax on a sunlounger, float in the refreshing water or just ogle friendly kangaroos or wallabies waltzing by.

Packing tips

Hiking boots for bushwalking by day; high heels for fireside cocktails by night. Bring layers as the crisp mountain air can get cool come winter.


For active types, Spicers Peak Lodge offers private guided walks around the area's many tracks and trails.


Spicers Peak Lodge is an adults-only retreat, unless you take over the whole property exclusively or book the Two Bedroom Private Lodge.


Solar panels, rainwater tanks, recycling and eco-friendly toiletries are just some of the hotel's environmental initiatives. Cuisine is green, too, with lashings of local, seasonal, organic produce, including honey produced on-site and a kitchen garden. Boxes are salvaged for a local crayfish nursery and leftovers are fed to the chooks.

Food and Drink

Photos Spicers Peak Lodge food and drink

Top Table

Any of the tables by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows ensure romance-boosting views, and at night the stars feel close enough to touch. At breakfast time, the terrace beckons for breezy lounging.

Dress Code

Light linens in summer, upscale woolens in winter. Bring smart but comfy gear that can take you from rustic trekking to a top-notch tasting menu.

Hotel restaurant

Satisfying all your culinary cravings from breakfast to dessert, chef Minh Le presides over the kitchen at award-winning Spicers Peak Lodge Restaurant, where fine dining reaches a crescendo with the famous five-course degustations at dinner. The mountain views are a major wow factor, as are the ingredients, with produce hailing from local, organic suppliers, and grown in Scenic Rim's rich volcanic soil. The restaurant is open to non-guests at lunch, so make sure you book a spot in advance – or request a gourmet picnic hamper to go, replete with posh silver service, if you'd rather eat alfresco.

Hotel bar

To the side of the seductive main lounge, you'll find the fully-stocked, complimentary bar, where a range of tempting beer, wine and spirits are up for grabs, and the evening cocktail and canapé gatherings are held before dinner. The Scenic Rim is a niche wine region, so expect to find some interesting local labels, too. To make the most of the cellar here, call on the services of the savvy bar staff, who can pluck out the perfect bottle for any occasion. If you're feeling inspired after a glass or three, there's a grand piano for tickling the ivories.

Last orders

Lunch is served from 12.30pm to 2pm. Pre-dinner cocktails and canapés kick off by the fireside from 5.30pm, with dinner from 6pm until late. Drinks are available all day and the bar sees action until midnight.

Room service

Dishes from the Lodge Menu (such as burgers, platters, salads and more) can be delivered to your door from 8am–6.30pm. An hour's notice is required.


Photos Spicers Peak Lodge location
Spicers Peak Lodge
Wilkinsons Road, Maryvale
Scenic Rim


Fly into international hub Brisbane Airport ( in Queensland, about a 140-kilometre drive from the hotel. If you're flying internally, Wellcamp Airport is a 90-minute drive from the Lodge.


Pick up a self-drive hire-car at Brisbane Airport or ask the hotel to arrange a chauffeured sedan for AU$400 one way. If you're coming from Warwick, it's a 45-minute drive to Spicers Peak Lodge, which offers free valet parking. The drive into the property wends through nine kilometres of partly unsealed road through lush rainforest, so we wouldn't recommend a sporty little number. You'll be passsing over cattle grates, streams and bumpy trails to reach your destination, so avoid arriving or leaving after dark if possible, and look out for jaywalking wildlife at dusk.


Helicopter transfers from Brisbane Archerfield Airport cost from AU$3,245 return, or AU$3,135 return from alternative touch-down option Gold Coast Airport (

Worth getting out of bed for

Open to in-house guests and day visitors, Spa Anise is a must for a mood-boosting massage, volcanic hot-stone therapy, French lavender facial, reflexology session or blissful body treatment. Purpose-built using the same recycled timber and heritage bluestone as the Lodge, the spa offers sleek treatment rooms and a pleasing plunge pool on the deck.


With a plethora of walking tracks winding through Spicers' 9,000-acre hilltop property, a spot of trekking is also a big draw here, with Spicers Private Guided Walks and Guided Hikes to help you explore the region. Nature-spotting opportunites abound if you want to make friends with a rock wallaby or the local herd of Scottish Highland cows during your stay. Active types can enjoy a game of tennis, free mountain biking, a swim in the pool, a picnic trip or a billiards tournament, while more laid-back guests can just curl up with a book or board game in the lounge or tome-packed library. There's even a grand piano for the musically inclined. Come evening, snaffle the terrace telescope for some serious star-gazing.


Further afield, there's horse riding within a 30-minute drive, pretty Queen Mary Falls an hour's drive away and the burgeoning Granite Belt wineries around Stanthorpe, about an hour and a half's journey from the lodge. The World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park and the Great Dividing Range are both within easy reach.

Local restaurants

Spicers Peak Lodge is a remote rural destination and isn't designed for popping out to restaurants or bars. Given the fabulous all-inclusive dining and drinking options we reckon the furthest you'll want to stray is a picnic's walk away.


Photos Spicers Peak Lodge reviews
Barrie Barton

Anonymous review

By Barrie Barton, Subcultural strategist

If the truth be told, I arrive in Brisbane as a rather frazzled Mr Smith, desperate for a break from a bout of chilly weather and a relentless torrent of work emails. Luckily, Mrs Smith and I are soon driving out towards Spicers Peak Lodge the first of the Spicers Group's seven Australian hotels and still the flagship.

It's easy to think there is no god or mercy in outer Brisbane, but once you punch on past Ipswich it doesn't take long before the light softens, the factories are replaced by paddocks, and the horizon expands to remind you that in fact your life is very small and that those email alerts don't really matter in the grand scheme of things. The holiday is already kicking in and I havn't even arrived.

After ascending the southern peak on a windy dirt track, we drive into view of the Lodge. It sits in the middle of a small clearing proudly presiding over the forests and farms below. Our arrival has all the hallmarks of a great hospitality experience but none of the clichés. The manager Luke is busy with guests as we step through the door – they've caught a fish in the dam 'by mistake' and don’t know what to do with it. ‘No problem,’ says cool-hand Luke, ‘we'll make sure it gets onto tonight's menu’. Turning his attention to me he simply states, ‘You'll need a champagne for the sunset… it’s the best time of the day’ and then leaves us alone. He has instantly and deftly assessed what type of people we are and doesn't clutter our arrival with instructions, credit-card swiping and other nonsense that might distract us from the beauty of our new perch overlooking the Great Dividing Range and Main Range National Park.

Dinner is scheduled for 7pm and begins with canapés and cocktails in the lounge. We take up a spot in front of a large stone fireplace for a Campari and soda before being led to our table inside the dining room along with the other guests. Five forks, five knives and five glasses are elegantly set for our degustation menu with matched wines. I start with the ox tongue, then some perfectly textured handmade gnocchi that would make Nonna proud, milk-poached veal, roast quail and a fine-dining version of an old- fashioned classic, carrot cake. Mrs Smith is a pescetarian, which is no drama for the chefs. We suspect she has the ‘accidental dam catch’ for her fourth course. When we return to our Spa Suite the open fire has been lit, the lighting is 'just right' and we go to bed knowing we are in very safe hands.

Coincidentally, Mother Nature also seems to have a slight hangover the next morning. The escarpment is shrouded in a dense fog making everything fuzzy and a bit confusing, but as it lifts over a great breakfast and coffee we realise just how good life is going to be. Mrs Smith is keen for a walk so we set out on one of the many paths that run off the clearing and down into the valleys below. Within just minutes we can't see or hear anything man-made and stomping through semi-tropical rainforest blows out the last of the cobwebs. We get closer to nature again for lunch with a picnic of cheeses, salads and fruits packed by the kitchen and delivered in a handy backpack that has the pleasant side-effect of making us look like competent hikers. Later that night, a Jacuzzi next to the infinity pool and a glass of champagne under the southern stars put a perfect full-stop to our quasi-active day.

To steal ourselves for the harshness of the real world, we indulge in the day spa before leaving. Dim lights, firm hands, a million elixirs, smells and ointments all combine to leave me feeling heavenly and looking a little bit like a newborn baby. It’s quite emasculating

As we descend the long, winding track leading out of Spicers Peak my spirits also drop but perhaps that's the yardstick of an unforgettable experience. I vainly wind down the window to smell the eucalyptus and sense the warm Queensland air on my face. I begin to feel sick at the idea of having to be around more than just a couple of people  I know I'll miss the charm of the Spicers staff. And I make sure my phone is set to silent just to hold onto the moment that little bit longer...





The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Spicers Peak Lodge’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The wonderful, accommodating staff; the gorgeous surrounds; the delicious food and the super comfortable bed. Already wondering when we can stay again!


Stayed on 14 Apr 2017