In February 1937, the Stinson airliner left Brisbane bound for Sydney and Lismore, never to return. In crossing the McPherson ranges, above the area now known as the Lamington Plateau, the aircraft was thrown from the sky by cyclonic winds and crashed into the jungle.
For ten days the wreckage went undetected, during which time three survivors struggled against the elements. Two of these, due to injuries sustained in the crash, were unable to leave the crash site. The third, Jim Westray, in a valiant attempt to fetch help, fell down a waterfall to his death. His grave now lies beside the spot where his body was found. But for the insight of Bernard O’Reilly, the remaining survivors would also have perished.
After careful forethought, O’Reilly realised that the airplane must have fallen along one of the ridges that form the Lamington Plateau. With this conviction in mind he set off alone, with no more than a loaf of bread and a bag of onions for food, to locate the Stinson. The success of his journey and his subsequent renown as a bushman is a part of local legend.
This picture, courtesy of the Courier Mail, is how the Stinson looked in 1937. Read the article
There is extensive extensive documentation on the Stinson Crash from the State Archives. You can read this at; Index to Stinson Plane Crash Inquest
The “Stinson” is a popular walk in Lamington National Park along unformed wilderness tracks
Stinson Day walk
8 Kms over one day
Available by group or individual request. Cost $65.00pp based on a group size of 8 minimum.
One day no special equipment required. You will only carry a day pack with your lunch and personal items.
Being only one day in duration this trek is ideal an ideal walk to this significant historic site. The pace is moderate with some steep uphill sections.
Take a look at the STINSON DAY WALK NOTES
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