Westray's Grave Return Hike
Christmas Creek, Lamington National Park Queensland - Sun 15th August 2021

Max Participants:
12
Location:
Christmas Creek, Lamington National Park Queensland
Date:
Sun 15th August 2021
Start Time:
7:45am
End Time:
1:00pm
Duration:
5 hrs appr
Non-Member Cost:
$25.00 per person
Member Cost:
$20.00 per person
Tagged:
hike historic
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Hike Rating: Grade 4
Distance: 7.50km

This is a challenging but beautiful walk along the Southern Branch of Christmas Creek. After crossing Christmas Creek the path hugs the creek with some rock hopping and has rocks and trees to navigate around and over offering great variety.

In 1937 a Stinson Airliner had crashed on a flight from Brisbane. With many people believing the plane had crashed somewhere over New South Wales no search had been conducted in the Lamington Area until Bernard O’Reilly heard the news one week after the crash and set off in search of the crash site based on a hunch.

He found two survivors at the crash site and was told another man, James (Jim) Westray, had also survived and set off down the nearly sheer bluffs to Christmas Creek where his body was found. This moderate hike takes us to the final resting place of James (Jim) Westray. Visiting his grave lets you witness this incredibly rugged country where O’Reilly walked without tracks to rescue the plane crash survivors.

Here will will stop for morning tea (provided) and have plenty of time to explore and learn more of the story of James (Jim) Westray. It is a nice quiet peaceful site under the canopy of the trees alongside the creek.

There are a couple of rock pools in the creek that are suitable for swimming for those a little more adventurous. Remember to bring a towel.

We return along the same track that should take us about 5 hours all up depending on the pace of the group.

Once back we will find a lovely spot on along the creek to have our lunch (not provided).



Gallery

Rainforest trail
Christmas Creek - Image courtesy of aussiebushwalking.com
Falls

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Beautiful walk with great variety

● Learn the history of the Stinson crash & witness the rugged country walked through to the rescue survivors

Includes

Adventurous Women® Hosts

Morning Tea

Excludes

Lunch

Transport to/from the event

What To Bring/Wear

- Hat, Sunscreen

- Water to suit the day (Min 2L)

- Walking Poles if you use them

- Walking boots or shoes

- Lunch

- A towel if you want to take a dip

Cancellation & Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

  • 7 days + prior to departure - Full Refund
  • 6 days or less - Full Refund if replacement can be found
  • Within 24 hours - No Refund

No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.


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