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Sunrise at Mount Warning

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by Chloe Doyle (subscribe)
Twenty-three year old girl living in Hobart, Tassie. I am in love with nature, music, food and animals so you'll see a lot of that here 🌿 See @chloeoliviad on Instagram for more photos from where I've adventured. 🚐⛰
Published May 2nd 2014
A magical journey to see the sun rise


There is always something magical about rising while the world around is still asleep and gazing at one of the most natural wonders in this world. What could be better though, then being one of the first on the eastern side of Australia to see this natural attraction.

Mount Warning rests in the Woolumbin area around a 2 hour drive south of Brisbane. The story behind the name dates to when Captain James Cook landed on a beach now known as Cape Byron. He walked for three days with a mountain in view with a peak that most associate with a thumb. He recorded from a heavy rainfall that the trek to the mountain from the cape is a serious danger for flooding from heavy rainfall. And so he named the mountain, 'Mount Warning'. Now you have a little history here's a quick sneak peak of the arriving sunrise before itinerary!



My boyfriend and I woke up at 12:30 to have a little snooze then we were on our way at 1am. The trip takes close to 2 hours to get there, take the pacific motorway past kings cliff and hop on the Woolumbin exit. The trip is clearly marked so have no fear of getting lost! Getting there is only half the battle though. After the two hour road trip now comes the climb. It is suggested to allow 2 and a half hours each way to get up & down. With sunsets usually between 5-6am you can plan your itinerary to better suit your fitness and ability to wake up that early! I'm not going to lie for me the walk was extremely challenging, however that being said if I can do it so can anyone! The most challenging part of the hike is the steep 'absailing' activity you perform just before the top. A good investment is a head torch so you're not fumbling with your hand held torch or mobile phone light.

From what you can see the view is breathtaking. Like I said there has always been something so invigorating and magical about seeing a sunrise especially being one of the first! The hike is an all round with families, couples, singles and the young and old adventuring the mountain. It is an amazing way to start your day or weekend and would advise that everyone needs to complete the hike atleast once to see the sunrise. And if you're worried about not being able to complete it, I met a lady who was 76 years old and reached the peak in 2 hours, so no excuses get out there and enjoy the serenity!
Sunrise at Mount Warning
Most amazing way to start the day
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Why? To watch a beautiful sunrise
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Where: Mt Warning
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a beautiful photo of the sunrise.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12386) 1873 days ago
I thought the walk was still closed for repairs after a lot of storm damage?
by lissa (score: 1|16) 1871 days ago
Thanks for the heads up Kate, will research into it & add it :)
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1361) 998 days ago
Our First Australians tell me that the sun first hits Australia at Mt Warning - it is a very sacred site for them. Would be great to research that and add details?
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1337) 999 days ago
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