Mt Warning in the Tweed Coast Hinterland
Far North Coast of NSW, Australia
" Australia's Green Cauldron"
Towering over Murwillumbah and the Tweed
Valley in far north-eastern New South Wales, is Mount Warning, the central core of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest
extinct shield volcano.
Named "Wollumbin" , meaning "cloud catcher" , by
the Bundjalung people who inhabited the region before European settlement, it is
the first place on Australia’s mainland to be touched by the morning
sun. A climb to the summit to watch the dawn of a new day is a must for the adventurous.
Designated as one of the 8 iconic sites across Australia, the Mt Warning or "Wollumbin" Caldera was appointed "Australia's
Green Caudron" on June 15th, 2008 when Australia's Official Landscapes Program
was officially launched by the Minister for Tourism. The National
Landscapes Program is a tourism initiative for people interested in immersing
themselves in the "real" culture and surroundings of a given destination.
Mt Warning (2210ha) is reached by leaving
the Pacific Highway at Murwillumbah and following the Kyogle Road west for 12
kilometres. Turn onto Mount Warning Road and proceed a further six kilometres to
the Breakfast Creek picnic area at the Park entrance.
In the surrounding Nightcap, Border Ranges, Springbrook and Lamington National Parks, species of
the sub-tropical and temperate zones overlap in a unique environment to provide
spectacular rainforest scenery with natural streams and brooks, abundant bird and wildlife.
The valley itself is a rolling patchwork of green, with farms, sugar cane fields and natural wooded
areas delighting the eye at every turn. Charming country villages nestle against the hills or bask in the riverside sun.
The towering, cone-shaped peak of Mount Warning and its two 'shoulders' have become
the trademark of the Tweed as from every point in the valley and beyond, the mountain dominates the landscape.
From Breakfast Creek, at Mt Warning National Park entrance, the main walking track ascends through superb rainforest with
strategic rest spots giving a variety of scenic views of the surrounding valley.
The reward at the summit (1157m) is a 360° panorama of the enormous eroded
bowl of the caldera landform and rim.
Rainforest topping the sheer cliffs of its 1,000m high rim is preserved in National Parks.
Lamington National Park in Queensland is to the north, while to the west and
south respectively are the Border Ranges and the Nightcap National Park - both NSW World Heritage areas.
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Four Hour Walk
Allow at least two hours to climb and two hours to return for the 8.8km walk; good
non-slip footwear is essential. There are resting points along the way.
The short (15min) Lyrebird Walk leads to an elevated platform in the palms where you
can sit and experience the serenity and mystique of the rainforest.
Walkers are advised to keep to the formed tracks, as it is very easy to become lost in
the rainforest. Short cutting the tracks can cause severe erosion in this precipitous park.
School groups planning to visit this park are requested to first telephone the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
History and Preservation
20 million years ago Mount Warning was the central vent of a large shield volcano
with an area of over 4,000 square kilometres. It reached from Coraki in the
south to Beenleigh in the north; westward to Kyogle and to the east its remnants
occur as reefs in the Pacific Ocean. It originally reached nearly twice its present height.
Erosion over the millennia produced a unique and curious landform - the erosion caldera,
which we today call the Tweed Valley. Mount Warning was the ancient volcano’s
magma chamber. Being composed of harder rocks which cooled underground, this
massif resisted the forces which carved the surrounding erosion caldera down to
bedrock. It stands as the dominant feature in the district’s landscape, and
catches the first rays of the rising sun on the continent.
Mount Warning had deep significance for the Aboriginal inhabitants of the area. They
called it ‘Wollumbin’, which means ‘cloud-catcher’ or ‘weather-maker’. The mountain first made its appearance in recorded history
when Captain Cook named it to warn future mariners of the offshore reefs he encountered on 16th May 1770.
Reserved for public recreation in 1928, Mount Warning was dedicated as a National Park in 1966.
Thousands of visitors enjoy the views from the summit each year. The impact of such
visitation on the small summit area necessitates the ban on camping.
There are no toilets or garbage bins on the mountain after Breakfast Creek, factors
which should be taken in consideration BEFORE you start walking.
Plants and Animals
Lush palms and forest giants of the subtropical rainforest occur on the lower slopes.
Among the multitude of tree species are the Giant Stinging Trees, Figs, Booyongs,
Carabeens and Flame Trees. Higher on the slopes the forest changes to temperate
rainforest. Here the dominants are Coachwood, Corkwood, Brush Box, Mountain
Walnut and Mountain Wattle. The summit itself is a small area of heath shrubland.
Rainforest animals are diverse and mostly nocturnal, but the Pademelon Wallaby is often seen by day.
Birds likely to be seen or heard include the Paradise Riflebird, Regent and Satin
Bower Birds, the Cat Bird, the Scrub Turkey and various fruit eating Pigeons.
Rare and endangered birds include the Wompoo Pigeon, Albert’s Lyrebird, Rufous Scrub Bird and Marbled Frogmouth.
The Tweed Valley
is an area of Vast Natural Beauty
boasting FIVE World Heritage Listed National Parks, Pristine Beaches, Untouched Rainforest with ancient Beech and a Myriad of Wild-life
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