This rare phenomenon is accessible to visitors via a New South Wales National Parks walking track. This 4km return track is relatively steep, but well-formed. It is recommended that visitors allow 1-2 hours to complete the walk.
The 4Km return track has some steep sections, but our primary school aged children found it fascinating
The coal seam fire has been burning for at least 5500 years, and is gradually making its way up the mountain at a rate of about one metre per year, hindered by the lack of oxygen where it burns about 30 metres beneath the surface.
Although 30 metres beneath the surface, the smouldering fire has a vivid impact upon the environment
As you head out on the trail, the effect of the burning beneath the surface gradually becomes evident. Although there is healthy vegetation surrounding the path at the bottom of the mountain, this becomes more sparce, with trees increasingly stunted as you ascend.
Looking back across the bottom of the mountain which has recovered from its brush with the underground fire
Interpretive signs have been installed along the way, including the Aboriginal Dreaming story of the mountain shared with visitors on information panels, as well as the science behind the phenomenon of the burning mountain.
Fascinating interpretive signs are installed along the trail
Burning Mountain near the town of Wingen is approximately 225Km north of Sydney and 25Km north of Scone, and is well signposted from the New England Highway. Facilities include a car park, public toilets, and an information shed, making this an ideal road-trip break for anyone travelling through this beautiful area.
Fascinating, beautiful, and with ideal facilities for a road-trip stop, Burning Mountain is well worth a visit for anyone travelling through the area