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Mount WarningAustralia

Get back to nature with a hike through pristine rainforest to the summit of an ancient mountain, and be the first person in Australia to see the light of a new day. 

The impressive eco-system of the Wollumbin-Mount Warning rainforest is one of the most unique in the world. Abundant with birds, plants and wildlife, this World Heritage Listed wilderness is a place to unwind, re-energise and connect with nature. Climb to the peak to be one of the first people in the country to have morning sun warm your skin. Stay overnight in a cabin in the Rainforest Park or unroll your swag and camp out under the stars.

The dual name of the mountain comes from the Aboriginal and colonial history of the area. As a landmark, it was named Mount Warning by Captain Cook to alert to seafarers of the offshore reef. Its Aboriginal name, Wollumbin, means ‘cloud catcher’ and is a sacred to the people of the Bundjalung Nation. In 2009, the Wollumbin National Park and the Mount Warning National Park were united.

A trek on this spectacular remnant vent of an ancient volcano, some 1,157 metres (3,796 feet) above sea level is rewarded with stunning views of the Caldera, Gold Coast and Byron Bay.

The 9-kilometre (5-mile) return trip begins at the Breakfast Creek parking area and passes through untouched subtropical rainforest, scrubland and damp sclerophyll forests of banksias, acacias and eucalypts. Before the peak is a challenging rock scramble, guided by a sturdy chain. Due to its height and position on the east coast, this is the first mountain peak in Australia to be warmed by sunrise at the Autumn and Spring equinoctes. Step onto the summit and breath the fresh air, relax and enjoy the sweeping 360-degree views.

For a shorter, easier walk, take the Lyrebird Track over Breakfast Creek through 200 metres (656-feet) of exquisite Gondwana Rainforest. Hear the calls of whipbirds and look for wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, possums and the elusive platypus.

Mount Warning is in the Northern Rivers region of N.S.W, an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. The Rainforest Park, with its camping grounds and walking tracks, are at the foot of the mountain.

Be sure to pack a torch if hiking before sun rise, as well as water and a small snack for energy. Leaving the marked trail, camping or making fires are not permitted on the mountain. Wear all-weather protective clothing and appropriate footwear as rain can make temperatures drop dramatically and the track can become slippery.

Top hotels in Mount Warning

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mt Warning Rainforest Park
Mt Warning Rainforest Park
3.5 out of 5
153 Mt Warning Road, Mount Warning, NSW

Situated on the waterfront, this campsite is 30.5 mi (49 km) from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

4/5Very Good! (35 reviews)
Alfar

"Loved the location"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Mt Warning Rainforest Park
Mt Warning Retreat
Mt Warning Retreat
3 out of 5
73 Mount Warning Rd, Mount Warning, NSW

Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Mount Warning National Park and within 16 miles (25 km) of Nightcap National Park and Mebbin ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Hidden gem!

"Pleasantly surprised, very nice"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Mt Warning Retreat
Mt Warning Rainforest Retreat
Mt Warning Rainforest Retreat
5 out of 5
112 Mount Warning Road, Mount Warning, NSW

Situated on the riverfront, this luxury lodge is 3.6 mi (5.7 km) from Mount Warning National Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of North Byron Parklands and Mebbin ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"Rain forest setting and view of Mt Warning. Private and secluded facilities. Very nice breakfast hamper."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Mt Warning Rainforest Retreat

Popular things to do in Mount Warning

Mount Warning National Park
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Mount Warning National Park

5/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Mount Warning National Park, a popular green space in Mount Warning. While you're in the area, wander around the rainforest.

Kirra Beach
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Kirra Beach

5/5(18 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Kirra Beach, a popular beach in Coolangatta. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside or attend a sporting event.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

5/5(18 reviews)

Cuddle a koala and handfeed kangaroos at this wildlife sanctuary set in natural rainforest surrounds on Australia’s famous Gold Coast.

Springbrook National Park
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Springbrook National Park

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Spectacular waterfalls, panoramic coastal views and lush rainforest make this heritage-listed nature reserve in the Gold Coast hinterland a wonder to visit. 

Coolangatta Beach
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Coolangatta Beach

4.5/5(38 reviews)

This city at the southern tip of the Gold Coast has some of the most pristine beaches, and clear water for swimming, fishing and diving.

Currumbin Beach
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Currumbin Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Currumbin Beach, a popular beach in Currumbin. Amble around the area's seaside or visit its temples.

Top activities in Mount Warning

Mount Warning Overnight Camping Tour & Sunrise Hike
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Mount Warning Overnight Camping Tour & Sunrise Hike

£98
Per adult
Hiking Day Trip to Mount Warning with Lunch
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Hiking Day Trip to Mount Warning with Lunch

£93
Per adult
Overnight Ocean Kayaking & Mount Warning Adventure Tour
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Overnight Ocean Kayaking & Mount Warning Adventure Tour

£133
Per adult
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Tickets
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Tickets

88% of travellers recommend
£19
Per adult
Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour
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Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£84
Per adult
Gold Coast Airport Private Transfer to or from Gold Coast CBD Max11
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Gold Coast Airport Private Transfer to or from Gold Coast CBD Max11

£10
Per adult