Burning Mountain walk Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 4km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: 3001 New England Hwy, Wingen

  • End: 3001 New England Hwy, Wingen

  • Location: Burning Mountain Nature Reserve

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  • Distance from CBD: 298 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -31.8563490599998

  • Longitude: 150.900784739999

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Burning Mountain walk is a 4km, grade 3 Return hike located in the Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, NSW. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Summary

You would expect a fire sizzling below ground for 5,500 years to have some fairly dramatic effects on the vegetation, and the remarkable phenomenon of Burning Mountain is reflected in the plants and animals adapted to life around it. As you set out from the carpark on a moderate walk to the head of the coal seam, expect to pass through eucalypt groves and other types of Upper Hunter woodland. Plenty of dead trees and hollow logs provide homes for lots of wildlife.
As the fire moves one metre every year, the landscape changes: red gums grow along subsidence cracks, and later you’ll come across narrow-leaved stringy bark, tea trees, and stunted grey gums. There are loads of birds in the area, too, so bring the binoculars if birdwatching is an interest.
Anybody interested in the story of what’s going on below ground won’t be disappointed either: information panels along the track unpack the story of Burning Mountain, including its science and fascinating Aboriginal heritage. A viewing platform is located at the climax of Burning Mountain walk, providing a safe vantage point to view the exhaust vents and rocks transformed by extreme temperatures.

About the Region

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve in the Country NSW region
Burning Mountain Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

Getting There

To Burning Mountain access. From Scone:Follow New England Highway towards TamworthBurning Mountain Nature Reserve is 20km north of Scone, on the right-hand side of the highway.The walking track begins from the carpark Park entry points Burning Mountain access See on map Parking Parking is available, including several designated disabled spots.


Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

 

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