Retrace heroic Stinson rescue hike

 

Retrace the tracks Bernard O’Reilly took 80 years ago as he raced to save the survivors of the Stinson Plane crash.

Staff from O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat will lead walkers through the Lamington National Park from February 17 to 19.

Guests can choose from two walks – the longer Bernard’s Footsteps Stinson Hike (37km one way), or the shorter Rescue Route (14km return).

Both walks travel through stunning landscape and diverse flora and fauna.

The Stinson Airliner was travelling from Brisbane to Lismore and Sydney in near cyclonic conditions in 1937, when it was last seen passing through clouds above Kerry in the Scenic Rim.

The plane had been missing 10 days when Bernard read about the missing plane while visiting his brother. They discussed where the plane might be and Bernard set out early the next day to search, carrying only two loaves of bread, a pound of butter, sugar, tea and some onions. Late on the second day Bernard’s calls into the wilderness were answered and he found two survivors.

Find out more about the O’Reilly’s Stinson walks and accommodation packages.

Read the full story of the Stinson rescue as told by Bernard’s daughter Rhelma Kenny.