Hike to the Mount Warning Summit

Mount Warning Trailhead

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.

Pack List

  • Water and refreshments
  • Jacket
  • Good trainers or hiking shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
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RT Distance 5.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 2300 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Advanced
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Scenic

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Wollumbin - Looks beautiful, but please consider the cultural impact

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

An awesome “must do” for all Coasters

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

Great day out

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.


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