Recount Australian history and celebrate the life of Bernard O’Reilly, who heroically saved the lives of two plane crash survivors over 80 years ago in World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. Walk through stunning landscape surrounded by the incredibly diverse and wonderful flora and fauna of Lamington National Park.
Join us for the fully guided Stinson Walk this Autumn over the weekend of May 17 – 19th, 2019.
Walk in Bernard’s Footsteps
Starting from O’Reilly’s Resort we hike along the same route that Bernard followed in his search for the Stinson Wreck in 1937.
The first section of the walk begins on the Border Track and as the sun rises we walk out along part of the Albert River Circuit before we branch off and make our way off the graded trails and into rough terrain and dense misty rainforest. By mid morning we summit beautiful Mount Throakban from where Bernard first spotted the tree where the Stinson crashed. Pushing on, we will eventually reach Point Lookout and make our way to the Stinson clearing.
After lunch and a commemoration of the Stinson Crash, we shall all visit the site of the crash to see the graves and the remaining plane wreckage, before hiking down the very steep slope to Christmas Creek. There will then be the opportunity to go to see Westray’s final resting place before we walk the last few kilometers out along the creek.
Upon reaching the Carpark we will have celebratory drinks and snacks before boarding the waiting buses and returning to the retreat.
Michael Groom – Special Presentation
We are excited to announce that world renown mountaineer and inspirational speaker Michael Groom will be joining us for this year’s Stinson Walk!
Michael is unquestionably one of the worlds greatest big mountain climbers.
In 1995, he became the fourth person in the world to climb the four highest mountains without the assistance of bottled oxygen and in 1999 he successfully climbed Makalu, the smallest but for Michael, the last of the ‘big five’ – the five highest mountains in the world. Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, K2 and Everest – Michael climbed them all without the assistance of bottled oxygen, and all but Kanchenjunga he climbed without the front third of both feet.
Michael shares his wealth of knowledge and first hand experiences as a Inspirational Speaker. Michael has assisted soldiers going off to war, supported athletes struggling to come back from serious injury and with his powerful story of human endurance he has advised professional people how to get closer to the truth of “no pain no gain”.
Join us on Sunday morning at the Retreat for a very special presentation as Michael speaks about his life’s adventures to all Stinson walkers and guests of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
Mark this one on your calendar – it’s not to be missed!
Looking for a challenge as a group or business team?
The guided walk can be run for private groups, please enquire through O’Reilly’s Reservations team.