Mt Warning – climbing up a volcano!

Be the first to see the sunrise… or sleep in and enjoy the daytime views.

The drive through Northern NSW is spectacular enough to justify the trip alone. The country roads, lined with roadside fruit stores, wind through rich green farmlands. I loaded my car up with fresh local produce on the way home!

The walk starts in gondwana rainforest rich in wildlife including lyrebirds. The well-marked trail zigzags up, up, up. There’s helicopter landing platforms every kilometer – I’m not sure if these made me feel safer or not!

The hike starts as an uphill walk, but the last few hundred meters are a rocky scramble. The feeling of gazing out over the world from the peak is worth every step!

Mt Warning is the remnant of an ancient volcano’s central crater. Looking out from the peak, I wondered what this land once looked like in ancient times.

How to…

Starting point: The end of Mount Warning Rd in Wollumbin National Park. It’s a 2 hour drive South of Brisbane, via Murwillumbah. Or only an hour from Byron Bay.
Distance: The walk is 8.8 km return, with 620 metres of elevation gain. Allow 4 hours as a hike.
Notes: There’s a rocky scramble near the top, but there is a fixed chain to help you up. The trail is very well marked. I went on my own on a random weekday and felt really safe.

There were lots of other people of all ages also doing the climb, and they were all really friendly! Though I think most were probably laughing at my attempts to jog up the mountain. I probably looked quite comical jogging so slowly!

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