Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
100 years of conservation
What better time to take a trip to Lamington National Park, than in 2015, as this wilderness area celebrates its 100 year anniversary. O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, located on the western edge of this World Heritage listed National Park, is a great spot for an introduction to a ruggedly beautiful conservation area. With its lush rainforests, ancient trees and natural beauty, it is unlikely you will only visit once.
Replica of the original Stinson airliner which crashed in 1937
The O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat article featured on Weekend Notes, describes the different elements that combine to make your visit a memorable one. It also introduces you to the Stinson story and the O'Reilly family. Going back nearly 80 years brings us to a time of tragedy and bravery after a Stinson airliner (flying from Brisbane to Sydney) crashed in the Lamington area. The true story of a determined and resourceful man, by the name of Bernard O'Reilly, is told in the film, Miracle of the Mountain. Despite the official search, which was occurring hundreds of miles to the south, Bernard O'Reilly struck out on foot through dense rainforest to search for the plane.
Robina library is marking the Centenary of Declaration of Lamington National Park with a viewing of the Miracle of the Mountain, followed by a discussion session with Big Pete O'Reilly. This event will take place on Thurs 9th July, from 5 – 6.30pm. The documentary retells the story of the Stinson plane, which went missing in the rugged McPherson Range and the subsequent search, discovery and rescue of the survivors. Pete O'Reilly will be at the event to talk about the role his family played in the rescue and share his memories.
If you are interested in local history and in particular the Lamington area, then you may also want to attend additional events. One, also on Thurs 9 July at Robina Library, takes place the same afternoon at 2.30pm until 4pm, and will be hosted by Glen Threlfo, also from O'Reillys. Glen is an award wining wildlife and landscape photographer and film maker. Join him on a journey, titled "The Amazing World Within" to wildlife hotspots and scenic views of Lamington National Park with camera in hand. The week prior to these events, on Thursday 2nd July, (again at Robina Library), is another talk, this time with Neville McManimm, local historian and bushwalker, as he shares his knowledge of the history of Lamington NP.
Whether you have visited Lamington before or have yet to make a trip, these free public events will give you an insider introduction, as you hear the stories of those who lived through historic events, plus current day enthusiasts who are keen to share their knowledge of the area.