One of the more spectacular and noticeable natural monuments in the Byron Hinterland is Mount Warning, located in the World-Heritage listed Wollumbin National Park, just outside of Murwullimbah.
Walking to the summit is a favourite adventure for locals and visitors. It is the first place to see the sunrise in Australia – as long as it’s not cloudy (The Aboriginal word ‘Wollumbin’ means ‘Cloud Catcher’).
The walking track to the summit is a moderate 9km steep climb round trip with a challenging, almost verticle, rock climb at the summit – so you obviously need a good fitness range to complete the trek.
When at the top you are treated to panoramic views from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and hinterland.
The mountain is the remnant central vent of an ancient volcano, and has a dual name. Captain Cook named it Mount Warning, but to the Aboriginal community it is known as Wollumbin. Wollumbin National Park includes the former Mount Warning National Park (both parks were combined in August 2009).
If you decide to do the climb, please remember:
- Do NOT climb in bad weather of if it’s forecast. Keep an eye on the National Parks alerts also to see if it’s closed or they have any recommendations: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/wollumbin-national-park/local-alerts
- Wear decent walking boots. You wll definately need the correct footwear, especially for the last part which is ‘rock climbing’.
- Take a back pack with water, some snacks and your phone. There is a carpark with bush toilets at the base but no other amenities or supplies.
- Don’t climb if you don’t feel well (in any way) or if you have a medical condition that you think may affect your walk (discuss with a doctor first).
- Don’t forget your camera!
- Let others know you are going and when or go with a local tour guide that knows the area well (recommended).
- Don’t go alone
- Please treat the national park with respect; Wollumbin is a sacred place of great significance to the people of the Bundjalung Nation.