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Catch Clouds at Mt. Warning
Jason Hall
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By Jason Hall
Published on 12th August, 2014
An overview of a trip to Mt. Warning near Byron Bay.

Catch Clouds at Mt. Warning

Mt. Warning stands as a natural, iconic monument of Australia.  In 2008, Mt. Warning was inducted into Australia’s National Landscapes Program and came to be known as “Australia’s Green Cauldron.”  Mt. Warning also holds the distinction of being the first place on Australia’s mainland that is kissed by the first rays of sunlight every day.

Mount Warning is located in New South Wales, lying between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, about an hour and a half south of Brisbane.  To best navigate the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales and make the most of your time, it’s recommended to arrange a budget car hire in Brisbane before heading into the rainforest that surrounds Mt. Warning.

Mt. Warning towers over nearby Byron Bay at 1,156 m (3,123 ft) tall.  The mountain was originally named “Wollumbin” by the local Bundjalung people, meaning “cloud catcher.”  Mt. Warning is the volcanic remnant of the Tweed volcano, which is an ancient shield volcano.  The entire area experienced frequent volcanic activity millions of years ago, and from atop Mt. Warning, you can easily see the surrounding erosion caldera. 

Mt. Warning holds the distinction of being a World Heritage listed national park.  The European to behold the mountain’s majesty was James Cook.  Since then, the cone shaped peak and “two shoulders” of Mt. Warning have become an unmistakable feature of the Tweed Coast Hinterland.  Each year, thousands of visitors take the drive through Murillwumbah to experience Mt. Warning for themselves.

Perhaps the most popular activity while visiting Mt. Warning, is taking the 5 hour round trip hike to the peak, starting from Breakfast Creek.  Atop the summit, you’re rewarded with an astounding 360 degree view of the surrounding rainforest as well as the rolling green patchwork of farms and sugar cane fields that compose the Tweed Valley.  Aside from the panoramic view atop Mt. Warning, you’ll also be sure to see spectacular rainforest scenery at its finest along the way.  Everything from bubbling brooks, and rushing streams to abundant birds and wildlife, will leave you in awe of this treasure of nature.