Monday 15 August to Sunday 21 August 2016
The weather this week was generally fine and sunny with temperatures in the low 20s.
On Tuesday we caught the train into Brisbane to meet up with David's brother John who was in Brisbane for the day after a visit to the Sunshine Coast. We stayed at the Jen Hotel which is located next door to the Roma Street Railway Station. The added benefit of the Jen Hotel is that it is only 10 minutes walk from Brisbane's Mall. We had dinner together at the Hotel and caught up again for breakfast next morning. After a walk down to the Mall in the morning we caught the train back to the Gold Coast - using the Gold Coast train to Varsity Lakes and the bus from the station back to the caravan park took just on 2 hours each way - much easier than battling the Pacific Highway.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday we walked over to the Burleigh Surf Club each day for a drink before returning to the caravan park, sometimes a cold drink and sometimes a coffee. We have it down to 35 minutes walking over the top of Burleigh Head to the Surf Club, and 27 minutes walking back to the caravan park around the bottom track.
On Sunday we decided to drive up to O'Reilly's Rain Forest Resort at Green Mountain in the Lamington National Park. The Resort is located about 35 km south from Canungra on a very narrow and winding road with many one way sections. About half way up to the resort we passed a tourist bus that had broken down on its way up the hill. On our way back down the mountain a few hours later it was still waiting to be rescued. The Rain Forest Resort was established by the family of Bernard O'Reilly who rescued two survivors from a plane crash in the National Park in 1937.
During a stormy afternoon on 19 February 1937, a Stinson three-engine aircraft travelling on a regular service between Brisbane and Sydney crashed into the Lamington Ranges in bad weather killing four of the seven on board outright and sparking a search that failed to turn up any wreckage. Nine days after the crash, Beaudesert grazier Bernard O'Reilly set out on foot to find the Stinson wreckage. Through his superior bush skills he found the crash site and, to his surprise, two survivors in desperate need of medical attention. After making them comfortable, he left them to organise a rescue party, but found another of the survivors that had died trying to get help.
In 1987 a movie was made starring Jack Thompson and Richard Roxburgh dealing with the crash and the rescue of the survivors. The model of the Stinson aircraft that was used in the film is now located at O'Reilly's Rain Forest Retreat.
John and David at the Hotel Jen.
Hotel Jen in Brisbane.
An old Roadstar van in the caravan park.
Home made tear-drop camper.
Palm Beach weather photo.
A bush turkey in the Burleigh National Park.
Another turkey riding a segway in the Burliegh National Park.
Wedding party lining up for photos at Burleigh Head - Richmond supporters perhaps?
Surfer at Burleigh Beach.
Burleigh surf boat crew on Tallebudgera Creek.
The view from the Lookout on the way to O'Reilly's Retreat.
Yet another shot from the Lookout.
Di at the Lookout near O'Reilly's Resort.
Di at the Lookout.
O'Reilly's Rain Forest Retreat.
Bird-life at O'Reilly's Resort.
Very smokey to the west from O'Reilly's Plateau.
Statue of Bernard O'Reilly with the two survivors of the crash.
The story of the Stinson crash in 1937.
Di in front of the Stinson model used in the movie.