Mount Warning Summit Trail
  • Length: 8.8km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Breakfast Creek Carpark

  • End: Breakfast Creek Carpark

  • Closest Town: Mount Warning

  • Location: Wollumbin National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 820km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -28.398521

  • Longitude: 153.284203


Mount Warning Summit Trail is an 8.8km, grade 4 return hike located in the Wollumbin National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.


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.

About the Region

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.


  • 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.

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