Hike to the Mount Warning Summit

Mount Warning, New South Wales

4.7/5
based on 7 reviews

Details

Distance

5.5 miles

Elevation Gain

2300 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Nicole Darian

Fun night hike to the Mount Warning Summit to see the first sunrise in all of Australia. This is a great workout as it is a long and strenuous hike.

Standing at 3,793 feet tall, Mount Warning in New South Wales, Australia is the first peak to see the sunrise in all of Australia every morning. Though you can hike the mountain at any time of the day, most people arrive in the middle of the night in order to hike it in time for the sunrise.

The mountain is located in between Gold Coast and Byron Bay, 10 minutes from Murwillumbah and just 4 kms the village of Uki, at 153 Mt Warning Rd. Mt Warning NSW 2484. There is a parking lot and bathrooms at the bottom of the mountain, and a couple small restaurants close by.

The hike is about an hour an a half up, but allow lots of time if you are going for the sunrise. It is quite strenuous and takes a good amount of physical endurance, but definitely doable. There are lookout points along the way for good photo opportunities, and the summit has 360 degree views of the mountains below. Allow another hour and a half to descend, as it is very steep and slippery in some spots.

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Reviews

Would recommend, not too hard.

Before you choose to climb Wollumbin, please think about the cultural significance of this beautiful mountain to the Bundjalung people (the local Indigenous peoples). Maybe give this article a read - https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/indigenous-affairs/2017/07/01/the-dispute-over-climbing-wollumbin-mount-warning/14988312004860

Start this walk in darkness to watch the sunrise and your reward will far outweigh your expectations. Simply stunning

Fun challenging hike to the summit of Mt Warning. The start is bewitching as you walk through the rainforest and hear all the birds around you. As you start climbing, it becomes a little more challenging with an awesome climb at the end to the summit. It’s well worth it as at the end the views are breathtaking! Would recommend to any nature enthusiast - the hike is probably suitable to most fitness levels.

This is a great walk and very popular. It can get quite busy on summer/spring weekends. The track is well maintained and the views are stunning on a clear day. We did the ascent in 1.5hrs and the descent in just over an hour.

About 4.5km. Not too technical but the last few hundred metres can be physically demanding.

A friend and I have done this hike a total of 3 times, all at different times of the day and in different seasons. This is one of the best hikes i've ever done, when we were hiking up in the middle of the night we were surrounded by glow worms, hiking down was a completely different story, wildlife everywhere. The hike up is quite challenging and the last 400m (where you have to basically rock climb up) is hard, especially when the chain is wet and slippery. The views are breathtaking and i'd definitely do this hike again.

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