The Turner Family Foundation believes that a deeper affinity with the natural environment is established, developed and appreciated by experiencing nature.
The Foundation seeks to nurture a love of Australia’s natural wonders through ecotourism ventures including:
Scenic Rim Trail
Embark on a journey of exploration, discovery & adventure. After 20 years in the planning, the Spicers Scenic Rim 5-day walk is now open for bookings. The trail is a landmark ecotourism experience for Queensland and is only 1.5 hours from Brisbane.
A luxury guided walking experience that ventures through World Heritage Listed National Park, Gondwana Rainforest and through Spicers own reserves. Go on a journey to discover a place of untouched beauty, with unique and exclusive accommodation, spectacular views, soothing rainforests and rich cultural and natural heritage.
The trail will traverse Main Range National Park, part of the unique Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and include two new eco-camps.
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Hidden Vale Adventure Park
Hidden Vale Adventure Park (HVAP) at Grandchester near Ipswich brings a unique outdoor experience to the region, with a multi-use 110 plus kilometre trail network for mountain bike riders, runners and walkers, winding through the expansive 12000 acre Nature Refuge property.
Operating out of the luxurious getaway, Spicers Hidden Vale, it's the perfect way to explore the great outdoors in this stunning location just 30 minutes' drive from Ipswich. Access to Hidden Vale Adventure Park is only $10, with the sprawling property and trail network opening at 7am-3pm weekdays and 7am-4pm weekends.
Users sign in and out at the HVAP Trail-head where you collect a map, and then you have a world-class trail network at your disposal to explore, with great bush scenery, kangaroos for company, and even passing by an abandoned light plane. On return you have access to Spicers' top-quality food and beverage options.
The Adventure Park is going through a three-stage expansion to be completed mid 2020, and it hosts events on the property through Epic Events Management. You can participate in timed rides and races and even set up camp during the events, making it perfect for a family-friendly getaway.
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Koala Safaris at Spicers Hidden Vale
Spicers Hidden Vale and the Turner Family Foundation are delighted to offer Spicers house guests a unique opportunity to see koalas in the wild on the Old Hidden Vale property.
The Safari starts with a Tour of the Wildlife Centre before moving to the first koala hotspot, from here you will experience seeing our researchers locating and checking the welfare of the koala community. We have tracked over 25 koalas at present and expect to be seeing joeys soon.
You will learn interesting facts about koalas, the habitat and how we are trying to build the population with hopes of reintroducing koalas to specific areas across the region. This genuine eco experience is truly unique and not to be missed. You’ll need to book well in advance as numbers are strictly limited.
Safaris run every day at 9:00am and take approximately 1.5hrs.
The Old Hidden Vale property is one of the largest private freehold properties in southeast Queensland at 4,560 hectares. The property is home to unique and endangered ecosystems and wildlife such as the koala, glossy black cockatoos, Melaleuca irbyana, semi evergreen vine thicket and Eucalyptus tereticornis, a favourite habitat tree of the koala.
A Conservation Agreement between the landowners and the Queensland Government declared 3,106 hectares of the Old Hidden Vale property a Nature Refuge, meaning these unique habitats of natural and cultural significance are now protected in perpetuity.
Koalas have been declared as vulnerable in Queensland and New South Wales under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act.
Old Hidden Vale has a population of koalas that are being studied by the Turner Family Foundation to research what dangers they face and how our land management practices can ensure their survival and prosperity long into the future.