Hiking Mount Warning

  • Name: Mount Warning
  • Location: Northern Rivers region of N.S.W
  • Summit elevation: 1,156 m
  • Elevation change: 
  • Round-trip distance from trailhead*:
  • Round-trip time from trailhead**:
  • Difficulty:  Hard, but i consider it one of the easiest climbs ive done.
  • Water on trail: No
  • Trailhead facilities: Free parking
  • Date: 6 Times in the past few years.
  • Team:  Jarryd, Ruairi, Christel and once just by myself.

Mount Warning is a very nice and easy trek only 8.8km return. There is a formed path all the way to the last 400m where there is  chain that helps you get to the Summit Lookout platform.

Mount Warning is the central volcanic remnant of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed Volcano, which would have been about 1,900 m above sea level or just under twice the height of the current mountain. This volcano erupted around 23 million years ago. As the mountain’s central vent cooled it shrank, forming a depression at the top that has greatly eroded.View above the clouds


  • Region: Northern NSW, Treed Range
  • Trailhead parking: Yes
  • Trailhead facilities : Composting Toilet
  • Trailhead coordinates:  -28.399320, 153.281752
  • Summit coordinates:   -28.400117, 153.266067


The mountain is located 14 kilometers west-south-west of Murwillumbah. The trailhead carpark is located on Mt Warning Road, off Kyogle Rd. The car park usually fills up by mid morning, but most choose to hike for sunrise.


From carpark follow the trail signs up 4.4km to the summit, the path is well formed switchbacks made by NPS At approximately every 1km there is a clearing suitable for rescue helicopter. However as the sign at the trailhead states it can take 4 to 6 hrs so take your time and avoid heavy rain storms. It usually only takes me about 2.5hrs these days to get up and back.

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One thing the I highly recommend is please remember to take enough water and wear proper footwear. I’m so sick of seeing hungover backpackers and other fools wearing there clubbing  clothes , or people in thongs thinking just because they read it 8.8km,I can do this mentality. There is NO WATER ON THIS WALK therefore 1 x 600ml water bottle that you litter on the walk is not enough. I always carry 1 to 2 extra bottles as well as my 3L to give to someone who i think is struggling.

I get very annoyed when I hear on the news that someone had to get rescued off this mountain, like seriously if your to unfit or cant do it then don’t waste your time and the rescue chopper’s time.  It may sound easy, but when was the last time you walked 4.4km up a set of big rocky uneven stairs?


At the last 400m you will reach a chain and posts that help you ascent the summit, the summit has 2 look out platforms which offer seating and amazing views of sunrise, not that in my 6 attempts have i actually made it there before sunrise.  Me on the Summit



If you are just starting out bushwalking and or want a good fitness challenge then I highly recommend this walk. You will be the first people in Australia to see the morning sunrise if you make it to the top. One day I will stay in Murwillumbah so i dont have the 2.5 hrs drive from Brisbane in the morning. Camping is not permitted on Mt Warning, but there is suitable private camping grounds on Mt Warning Road before the trailhead carpark.


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