Friday, April 22, 2011

Lamington National Park: Beauty & Intrigue

Lamington & Springbrook National Parks in South East Queensland are mecca's for bushwalkers and have over 200km of walking tracks.

The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk joins these two parks and this walk has outstanding natural and cultural attractions.

On this Great Walk you will trek through lush temperate and sub-tropical rainforest, you'll see evidence of early settler occupation and hear stories of courage and hope.

One such story, in February 1937, a Stinson Airliner, VH-UHH went missing on a flight from Brisbane to Lismore.

The airliner crashed into the dense rainforest on the Lamington Plateau. Initially it was thought that the airliner was never in the area until local farmer Bernard O'Reilly had a hunch and went in search for the wreckage.

Five men died in the crash but remarkably 2 men survived. They were found deep in the rainforest by Bernard O'Reilly 10 days after the crash.

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