Christmas Creek to Stinson Wreck is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near O'Reilly, Queensland, Australia that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length5.7 miElevation gain2,217 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWaterfallWildlifeRockyScrambleHistoric siteNo dogs
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Paola Kalaf
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Our forests have so many beautiful places to explore but this Christmas Creek is one of the most beautiful we’ve being so far, specially for the challenge under the rain became harder .. we highly recommend for those are looking for good exercises squatting under the logs.. watching magnificent diversity of trees !!

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Asha Fern
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Renay Petrohilos
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Belinda Keppie Barry
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Went with a group of 8 people aged from 51 to mid '70, took us a while, hard climbing in some places.... but would recommend it.. absolutely beautiful.

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Nigel Stephens
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Jacq Bazzo-Maclean
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Fun scramble

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Daniel Cripps
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Well worth the effort!

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Jorgeb Gullestrup
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Hard, hard, hard but beautiful. Much of it is climbing more than walking.

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Lisa Bichel
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Frazer Alexander
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Good hard slog of a walk, start early and take plenty of water. Two ways of crossing the river: via the stepping stones or over the fallen tree. Follow the pink ribbons and small plaques on the tree/ rocks. Have a good time!

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Nigel Stephens
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Julian Oliver
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I need at least 6 hours on this one. Very difficult to follow! Must set out early next time. Easy to get lost, but a good strenuous walk.

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Jordan H
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Good enduring hike, path is very clear up until the grave, after that the path has become overgrown, there are still marked ribbon guiding the way, but lots of creek hopping and mud was present ! Would recommend for a good adventure.

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K D A Chathuranga Udugama
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A pretty good and hard trail. Easy to wonder off from the track because most of the sections has been over grown. Ribbons are on tree trunks and vines to show the way. Great idea to take some with you and mark along the way. Some of them are weathered. A tree has fallen across the wreckage. Take plenty of water. And snacks and fruits. Going up last 600 meters is the hardest. Coming down too also a challenge.

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Patrick Rice
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Track still well maintained. plenty of ribbons marking the trail.

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Sandie Williams
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Has anyone been up since the bush fires? Is the track still well marked? Thanks

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Calista .
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A great hike if you’re relatively fit and don’t have knee or hip injuries. Lots of steep walking over loose leaf litter and rocks. At the crash site itself, we found a tin with a book and sharpie for hikers to leave a note. The tin is broken and rain has got to the book- it would be nice if someone going up could take a new one. The track is fairly straight forward to follow. Sporadic flagging tape guides you along the way. Start early. One in our group had knee issues so we were moving very slow coming back down. It took us 8 hours but 6.5 is probably standard.

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Nouri Groom
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Not for the faint hearted or inexperienced hikers. Solid climb after the offshoot to Westray’s Grave. A great and challenging trail, which was overgrown but marked sporadically with tape. The wreck itself has perished, either with time, or on impact as it was a fabric aircraft. Not much at the site except for a little bit of metal and memorial plaques. Don’t forget your swimmers for a dip in one of the many rock pools along the trail.

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Mitchell Steele
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Great hike, trail isn’t well worn but easy enough to follow with tree markers. Lots of rocks, tree roots and fallen trees. A few good flat spots to camp. Waterfalls, massive trees and plenty of bird life, great day or overnight hike!

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Peter Kew
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The day started fine however after Westrays gravesite it got a bit serious. As a lone (too old for this...according to family of 5 females) hiker the biggest was yet to come as the rain set in and everything got very slippery. Took a little over 6 hours but well worth it. Thank you to those that have tied ribbon along the trail... great help in the wet. Had planned to come back along the Stretcher track but too much with the rain, another day maybe. May recording came up with 11.3km and 701 elevation.

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Matt English
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I've done this hike twice in 2 weeks to the Stinson by myself and one with a friend it's such a beautiful hike challanging straight away when u start the climb up then u head down along the side of the ridge line than another step climb and bit of a zig zag to the rope climb after the rope climb I found it a lot better when on the ridge line to point look out but such amazing bit of history and I even went to bernard oriely gave to pay my respects that brang a tear to my eye I reckon winter is the best time to hike this track beautiful views from point look out looking down into northern Nsw .

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Mikhail Hikerman
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Great hike if done overnight with great lookout and waterfall too. There are a few recommendations for this which might help you. Stay overnight at in the second campsite on the way to Stinson Wreck there’s nice flat ground. Visit the look out beyond the crash site which had spectacular views of the valley. Wear some gloves as there’s prickly vines. There’s a brutal accent from Westray’s Grave up to the wreck, the incline gradient is nearly 40% for the first third of the walk up so take plenty of water and have adequate breaks. In your plans, I suggest also doing Larapinta falls which are breathtaking. These are about 45 mins of rock hopping up the creek from Westray’s Grave. Follow the orange markers and you’ll be fine! Challenging but rewarding.

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Sanna Osterman
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A really good hike, starting next to the freshwater and after about 2km your starting to climb. A bit tricky to find the lookout but the app helped with the map. Took us 5,5 hours to complete and we also stopped for a swim in the beautiful waterfalls at the bottom. Just be aware about the leeches, there’s to many haha.

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Sam Ballard
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A walk for the more experienced hikers, track can get a bit tricky to follow at times but hiking clubs have marked the way to Westrays Grave and the Stinson crash site with pink, orange or red ribbons along the way. Getting a little lost, just look for the closest ribbon to get back on track. Beyond Westrays grave the track stops, but the creek can be followed up through to the amazing Larapinta falls, rock hopping about 45 minutes can get a bit tricky at times, and ribbons not so easy to spot. But making your way up to the falls is well worth it! Recommend good shoes with ankle support (about 6 hours return)

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Yvette Baxter
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