The Mt Warning Experience

The Northern Rivers region of N.S.W is an area which encompasses the worlds oldest subtropical rainforests, magnificent beaches stretching from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay and mountains forged by ancient volcanoes more than 23 million years ago.

The Mt Warning Rainforest Park is located right between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay providing the perfect base to explore the cosy mountain villages, lush rainforests, towering waterfalls, golden beaches, funky craft markets, hidden art galleries and the theme parks and nightlife of the Gold Coast.

Climb Mt Warning / Wollumbin

Photo of Mt Warning

Be the first in Australia to see the sunrise from the top of Mt Warning. The 8.8 km, five hour return walk through the rainforest, culminates in breathtaking 360 degree views around the ancient caldera with coastal views stretching from The Gold Coast to Byron Bay. Winding upwards from the Breakfast Creek parking area the Mount Warning summit track passes through a variety of vegetation communities. Subtropical and temperate rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and heath shrubland are all encountered on your journey. The climb ends with a challenging rock scramble before reaching the summit, the perfect place to picnic before heading back down again.

As an alternative to climbimg the mountain enjoy a shorter walk catering for the less energetic. The Lyrebird Track crosses Breakfast Creek before winding some 200m through palm forest to a platform set amongst the lush tropical rainforest. A picnic at The Korrumbyn Creek Picnic Area, situated on the left hand side of the road as you drive towards the mountain, is also available.

Useful Information:

  • 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.

* Mt Warning Climbers Certificates are available at reception.


The Border Ranges National Park

Looking up under the tree canopy

In particular

  • The Pinnacle Lookout

    A must on a clear day, is reached by a short walk through the rainforest. The view from this lofty peak uplifts as it embraces one of the largest ancient calderas in the world.)

  • Blackbutts Lookout and Picnic Area

    Situated high on the caldera rim, has panoramic views of the caldera and Mount Warning. Have a picnic surrounded by old blackbutt trees and take in the views of Mount Warning and the Tweed Valley.


The Nightcap National Park

Photo of a Rockpool

World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park is situated at the southern rim of the 23 million year old Mt Warning volcano. This is one of the best developed subtropical rainforests in the state and is part of the CERRA group – Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia.

Highly recommended

  • Minyon Falls

    These beautiful falls plunge 104 metres into the deep palm-shaded gorge below. The top of the cliffs is forested with Blackbutt and Scribbly Gum while subtropical Booyong Rainforest and Brush Box occupy the gully beneath. Toilets and picnic/barbecue facilities are provided.

  • Protester Falls

    To view the falls walk 700 metres, 15 minutes, through bangalow palm forests and over pristine creeks. The easy walk winds its way to the base of Protestors Falls at Terania Creek Picnic Area.

  • Rocky Creek Dam

    One feature at the dam is the Platypus walk Djanbung Gurahr. The platypus walk takes about 45 minutes and traverses across the dam wall, over the spillway, through rainforest and over the floating bridge.

    The Rocky Creek dam has multiple areas where you can spread out your rug, play cricket and cook a BBQ while the small pockets of rainforest provide a beautiful backdrop.


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Photo of the Byron Bay Coast Line