Spicers has announced the Spicers Scenic Rim Trail, a new five-day ecotourism experience. It has been rubber-stamped by the state government and the first walkers are expected on the trail later this year.

The enormous 55-kilometre trail will extend from Mount Mistake in the north along Main Range National Park to Spicers Peak Nature Reserve in the south. It will take walkers through sub-tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mountain heathlands.

The trail will also include two new eco-camps. Tourism minister Kate Jones inspected the first eco-cabins in late February, and construction of the remaining cabins and walking trails is expected to take six months.

“We … know that projects like this will have a positive impact on our environment in the long-term,” Jones said in a news release. “By showing more people the natural beauty of our rainforests, we’re promoting conservation of our national parks.”

The Spicers Scenic Rim Trail was originally proposed in response to a Queensland government initiative to facilitate ecotourism in the state’s national park.

“I felt that Queensland deserved to be represented in the Great Walks of Australia collection with an experience that could rival guided walks in other parts of Australia and New Zealand,” Spicers Retreats and Spicers Scenic Rim Trail founder Jude Turner said in the news release. “The Spicers Scenic Rim Trail will do just that.”

This story was originally published on February 27.