Heather Wood

2 walks ticked

This Year

Number of Walks Ticked
Total Distance Ticked

All Time

Number of Walks Ticked
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Stinson Crash Site from Christmas Creek (Lamington National Park)
17 Feb, 2017
15km return
8 hrs
We did this walk as a family. 2 adults and 2 kids, Miss E 6 and Master L 5. We set off from the end of Christmas Creek and walked the path to about 100 m away from Westray's Grave (following along beside the creek). This took us 3 hours to complete. Then we followed the track Up,Up and Up. Yes it is Up. A 600 m ascent and it is tough. You are basically grabbing on to tree roots and trunks to help pull you up sections. It is very loose underfoot. But if you take your time as we did it is quite fun especially for kids. It took us 5 hours to get to the cleared camping spot at the top (which is about 100 m from the crash site). So 8 hrs all up walking from the car to the camp. We stayed overnight. The next day we visited the crash site and then proceeded on down the same track we had come up. Going down seemed much easier than going up. It took us 4 hours to get down to Christmas Creek. We did a quick visit to Westray's grave before heading back to the car again walking along beside the creek for 3 hours. Took us 7 hours from start to finish on the downhill run. We did this walk to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the crash of the Stinson Plane and to remember those on board the plane, Bernard O'Reilly and the other hundreds of volunteers who played a part in the amazing rescue. If you are a slow walker or if you have children, doing it over 2 days is a great option. We walk very slow and usually double any recommended walking time because of little 5 & 6 y/old legs. This is rugged and rough country and strong bushwalking and navigational skills are a must.
Mt Warning Summit Trail (Wollumbin National Park)
22 May, 2016
8.3km return
5 hrs
Did this walk with Lincoln 4 and Eloise 6 who walked every step of the way up and every step of the way down. Their favourite part was the chains up the top section. We left at 7 am and got back at 2.40 pm. 3 hrs 20 mins up. 1 hour at the top. Funnily it took exactly 3 hrs 20 mins to come down. 7 hrs 40 mins all told. Kids full of beans at the end running around playing chase after they paddled their feet in the creek. Would recommend this walk to all families.