Mt Warning is the remnant central vent of an ancient shield volcano whose summit sits 1,157m above sea. It is known for being the first place to see sunlight on Australia, being the most easterly point of the continent.
The mountain, also known as Wollumbin – meaning cloud-catcher – rises above the World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park just outside of the northern New South Wales town of Murwullimbah. The hike to the top is about five hours return. Walkers are advised to leave early in Winter as it can grow dark suddenly. The walk itself is medium grade, with a short rock scramble to reach the summit. Chains are in place at the steep, top section to help climbers.
Those that reach the summit are rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views. There are several seats along the track for walkers to rest on, as well as at the top of the mountain. Surrounding accommodation is plentiful, including at the the caravan park or at one of the several retreats and B&Bs.
Access to the base of Wollumbin-Mt Warning is by a sealed road suitable for 2WD vehicles. Parking is available at the base of the mountain, where there is also a toilet block. But parking can be scarce during peak times, which may require parking on the side of the road leading to the base and walking to the start of the track.