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Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track is a 8.8km, grade 5 Return hike located in the Wollumbin National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 5.5hrs to complete.
Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track is located 12km south-west of Murwillumbah, in Wollumbin National Park.
Wollumbin, which means cloud catcher’ to some Aboriginal People, is a traditional place of cultural law, initiation and spiritual education for the people of the Bundjalung Nation. Under Bundjalung law, only certain people can climb the summit. Out of respect for their law and culture, consider not climbing the summit.
If you choose to tackle this challenging track, take extreme care. The 8.8km return walk takes at least 5hrs and is long and steep, with a very strenuous 100m vertical rock scramble to reach the summit. The high, exposed summit can attract wild weather and the track shouldn’t be attempted in poor conditions, especially during thunderstorms. In winter, it’s important to start before midday to avoid a dangerous descent in the dark.
You may prefer the park’s kid-friendly Lyrebird track, which winds through Gondwana rainforest to a lookout. Some of the best views of Wollumbin can be found along Pinnacle walk and lookout in Border Ranges National Park. You can also try Goorgana walking track or Pholis Gap walking track in nearby Nightcap National Park, or Best of All lookout at Queensland’s Springbrook National Park.
About the Region
Wollumbin National Park in the North Coast region
Wollumbin National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Wollumbin National Park is located 12km south-west of Murwillumbah, off Kyogle Road.From Murwillumbah:Take the Kyogle Rd towards UkiAround 10km from Murwillumbah, before you reach Uki, turn right into Mt Warning Road Continue 3.5km to the end of Mt Warning Rd, where you’ll reach Breakfast Creek carpark in the national park Road quality Mount Warning Road is subject to rapidly rising floodwaters, even during localised storms. Sealed roads Parking Limited parking is available at Breakfast Creek carpark. Not suitable for longer vehicles including coaches, caravans, and camper trailers. This is a high-risk area for theft, please don’t leave valuables in your car. Please make sure you don’t obstruct the emergency vehicle parking zone.
Wollumbin is a place of great spiritual significance to the Bundjalung People. Visitors are asked to respect their wishes and choose not to climb the summit track.
Border Ranges National Park and Nightcap National Park provide some of the best photo opportunities of Wollumbin in all its glory.
If you do climb this track it requires extreme caution. It’s long, steep, difficult and dangerous in places. It shouldn’t be attempted in poor weather or when high winds or thunderstorms are forecast.
For your safety, set out before midday in winter as descending in the dark is treacherous and you may become lost.
Take advantage of toilets at the carpark. You’ll need to bag and carry out your waste, including toilet waste, on the summit track.
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.