Westrays Grave
Christmas Creek, Lamington National Park Queensland - Sun 8th September 2024

Max Participants:
Christmas Creek, Lamington National Park Queensland
Sun 8th September 2024
Start Time:
End Time:
2:00pm approx
6 hrs
Hike Rating:
Grade 4
7.50km approx.
Non-Member Cost:
$55.00 Per Person based on Twin Share
Member Cost:
$44.00 Per Person based on Twin Share

This is a challenging but beautiful walk along the Southern Branch of Christmas Creek. 

In 1937 a Stinson Airliner 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.

Our initial challenge is to get across Christmas Creek by either rock hopping or wading through the water, depending on the amount of rain through this area in the lead up.  The path then hugs the creek and has rocks and trees to navigate around and over as we make our way to Jim Westrays resting place. 

Here, we 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.

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


Beautiful falls
Westrays Grave Walk


Please note map locations and route are approximate only


● Beautiful walk with great variety

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

● Exploring this area with like-minded women


Adventurous Women® Hosts Caron and Kat

Morning Tea (no cuppa)

Photos of the day

National Park fees


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

- Nutritious snack and perhaps some lunch

- Thermos for a cuppa (optional)A small towel to dry your feet after water crossings

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:

  • 14 days + prior to departure - Full Refund
  • 13 days or less - No Refund

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

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