Taking It To The Top | Mount Warning, Australia
No matter how many times I do it… I always get a natural high from scaling Mount Warning’s famous peak.
We ascended the mountain along a mix of manicured trails, bush tracks, man-made and natural stairways to the background sounds of flowing waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife.
This picturesque mountain is a punishing taskmaster for those who aspire to climb to its highest point. Some suggest that the name “warning” is a good reminder to day trekkers who might underestimate the challenge of this 3 to 4 hour round trip to its peak.
We were lucky to score clear skies and a magnificent panorama stretching from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast, which literally left me breathless. The walk is fairly consistently uphill from the start, with a few flat stretches. Near the summit lay a thrilling and challenging finale to the walk. A steep 200 metre scramble over rocky terrain with a chain to use as a “please help me” line over the trickier sections.
Paul, Noah and I completed the climb from the base to peak in 1hour 30 minutes and all up (with break for a coffee with a view – always!) 4 hours.
The views are unforgettable!
About Mount Warning
The name itself is ominous. This landmark of the far north coast of NSW is a place of natural beauty, part of the World Heritage Gondwana rainforests.
It was Captain James Cook who gave it the name Warning in 1770. He had in mind that it be a reminder to mariners sailing past the area to take caution to avoid the dangerous reefs offshore.
Mount Warning is part of an extent volcano, and has cultural significance to the Aboriginal Bundjalung people, who know it as Wollumbin. The Bundjalung people have called the green paradise resting in the shadow of the green mountain home. The dreamtime story of the Wollumbin refers to a warrior spirit of the mountain, whose battle wounds can be seen as scars on the landscapes. In fact, when you look from the north, you can see the face of Wollumbin, said to be the Warrior Chief, in the mountain’s outline.
Useful Information For Mount Warning
- Toilets are available only at the start of the walk.
- Suitable footwear should be worn.
- Temperature drops rapidly as you ascend.
- Carry your own water and refreshments.
- Take all your litter away with you.
- Keep to the track – short cuts cause erosion.
- Camping and fires are not permitted.