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Mount Warning Mountain Hike NSW

Mount Warning

One morning after good nights sleep and a surge of energy we decided to jump in the car and go somewhere and fancied a walk. We were feeling active and ready for an adventure, we decided to head for the Mount Warning walk tracks and do the famous mountain hike.

As we crossed the Queensland / NSW border and headed down the motorway and Mount Warning came into site as we looked each other and thought we are about to hike this gigantic mountain.

Mount Warning Information

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with Mount Warning, here is a description

A mountain in the Tweed Range in the Northern rivers region of New South Wales Australia. It was formed from a volcanic plug of the now-gone tweed volcano. The mountain is located 14 kilometres south west of Murwillumbah near the border between New South Wales and Queensland. Lieutenant James Cook saw the mountain from the sea and named it Mount Warning”

The walking track is a tough walk even for the most active walker. With a staggering 60,000 people a year make the 8.8-kilometre (5.5 mi), five-hour round-trip trek to the top from Breakfast Creek. An ascent of the mountain takes approximately 1½ to 3½ hours (one way) and requires a good level of fitness. There are also viewing platforms at the summit. The total journey is 8.8 km (5.5 mi).

It says 5 hours but we did 3 and a half

Our Climb

We set of pretty earlier to make sure we could take our time, and arrived shortly after 10 am. TIP people do get up early to catch sunrise from the top, now you would want give yourself 2 hours to get up before sunrise.

The walk and the tracks themselves are not to bad to start with its a gradual climb weaving in and out of the rainforest. However to get to the top and the final 50 metres does require pulling yourself up a stone wall helping yourself by a chain. And can be a little challenging if you are a bit less able.

The walking tracks
The rock climb at the end

Throughout the walk there are various lookout spots, with some beautiful views of the NSW and Queensland hinterland and seafronts. So make sure you bring a camera. And the final view from the top is a unreal 360 degree view of the surrounding area.

View from one of the lookouts
Another lookout view
View from the top

Final Thought

Wondering what to bring. There is nothing on the mountain itself so be prepared. Bringing water and snacks is a must its a very long time to go without anything and in 30 degrees heat you wouldn’t want to take that risk. On the drive in 5 minutes before you park up and start climbing there is a café for some pre or post refreshments. Remember comfy shoes is so important as you could be walking for 4 – 5 hours. Also I would pack a jumper when you get to the top it can get pretty cold

If you are in the area this is well worth a visit and a must do. Set a date, be prepared and go explore. Mount Warning walk is worth the hike.

Thanks for stopping by if you fancy checking out some more Gold Coast adventures then check out our top 40 things to do on the coast.

19 thoughts on “Mount Warning Mountain Hike NSW”

    1. Chalk and Cheese Travels – We are adventure seekers who love to explore the world. So one day, we decided to write about it here is our story so far

      Its amazing and worth every minute of the hike. If you get there and want anymore info let us know

  1. wattwherehow – Bernie and Jess Watt are travel bloggers from Australia, living in NYC. Award winning copywriter by day (Bernie) and legal professional (Jess), casual photographers and hobbyist Vloggers in the making, our blog blends travel experiences from around the world with tips for those coming to NYC to live or vacation.

    That whole region is such a haven of natural beauty. Missing it heaps.

  2. lensofjen17

    Now how can you have a hike with no food that starts at Breakfast Creek? It’s called Mount Warning for a reason! 🙂 Another great hike to save for future travels. Thank you!

  3. This looks like an incredible hike! The views from the top are stunning, and the way up looks really beautiful amidst all those trees. The rocky path looks a little spooky, but so cool! Would love to do this hike, even with the chain up the stone wall!!

  4. Vinn – Cyprus – Vinn has been living and working in the middle east for more than 10 years. She started traveling since 2007 mostly in Southeast Asian countries, middle east regions, Greece and Cyprus. Currently in Cyprus for another round of adventures! Catch her at VinnEnRoute!

    Worth the climb! Thanks for the heads up that it can be challenging. This is something I need to be prepared with. 😉

    1. Chalk and Cheese Travels – We are adventure seekers who love to explore the world. So one day, we decided to write about it here is our story so far

      Definitely be prepared and makes for an easier trip

  5. Wendy | Perthtravelers – I'm a wife and mother of two daughters with a passion for travel and new adventures.

    I’m not sure I’m up to this hike but would definitely like to give it a go the next time we are close by. The views from Mount Warning are stunning.

  6. jasonlikestotravel – I'm Jason and from a little place in England. Here to just talk about my various adventures. Hopefully you find some inspiration or just enjoy hearing my stories :)

    It looks pretty daunting when you look up at it. Worth it for those views at the end though 🙂

    1. Chalk and Cheese Travels – We are adventure seekers who love to explore the world. So one day, we decided to write about it here is our story so far

      Exactly was well worth the pain the views were fantastic 👏

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