Mount Warning, or Wollumbin as it is known by the local Bundjalung people, is a place of spectacular natural beauty and spiritual significance to many. 

It is the first place on Australia’s East Coast to see the sunlight each day, making a pre-dawn trek up the mountain a popular ‘bucket list’ activity for many adventurers, photographers and nature-enthusiasts.

The mountain and its surroundings comprise the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park (formerly known as Mt Warning National Park) and is actually the eroded remnant of an ancient shield volcano.

The peak is 1,157m above sea level and a return journey from the carpark to the summit and back takes the average person between four and five hours.  If you’re planning a climb Mt Warning, be sure to wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen and take plenty of water and something to eat.  In the cooler months, it can get quite cold as you reach the higher altitudes, so warm clothing layers are a good idea.

If a half-day trek is bit too much, the Lyrebird Track offers a more relaxed experience.  This easy walking track takes you through Gondwana Rainforest of Australia, across Breakfast Creek and through palm forest to a scenic viewing platform.  The Lyrebird Track is about 600m return and takes between 15 and 45 minutes, depending on how long you stay to enjoy the diversity of animals, birds and plants that exist here in the rainforest ecosystem.

Picnic areas and toilet facilities are available at the base of the mountain only.

Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park, so be sure to let someone know when you’re going and when you expect to return.

More information about Wollumbin National Park is available from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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