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Published June 7th 2012
Wollumbin - Cloud Catcher
Wollumbin - The Cloud Catcher

Mt Warning is the stunning centre piece of Wollumbin World Heritage National Park. Its 1157 meter peak, is the core of an estimated 20 Million year old volcano, which local Aboriginal people call "Wollumbin" or "Cloud Catcher" as little wisps of cloud seem to gravitate towards the powerful point. In 1770, Captain Cook named the mountain, Mt Warning, as he sailed along Australia's Eastern coastline.

Mountain Stream flowing through Wollumbin National Park

It is possible to hike 8.8 kilometres (return) to the top for amazing views around the volcano's eroded caldera, known as "Australia's Green Cauldron". However, the track is steep in parts and often slippery, so be prepared, with appropriate footwear, snacks and drinking water. The walk is fine for older children with a determined streak. On the day we braved the walk, several groups had started out before dawn to be the first souls to catch sunrise in the whole of Australia. I was impressed.

Trail leading up Mt Warning

No camping is allowed on the peak, to minimize the impact of thousands of trekkers each year. There are some great Bed and Breakfast accommodation options at the base of the mountain, such as Mt Warning Bed and Breakfast Retreat, where you can stay in a real yurt for the night. There are also some quaint cafes along Mt Warning Road if you get hungry after all that walking, such as Mavis' Country Kitchen or Rainforest Cafe. Sounds like a great excuse to get out and climb your local volcano.
Stay in a Yurt @ Mt Warning B & B Retreat
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If you want to see some native wild pythons this is the place to go :-) We saw two basking in the sun and another in a hole looking at us. Views are amazing. Please make sure you take something to eat and will be needing plenty of water. Small kids will be difficult to handle though.
by saeed (score: 0|2) 2407 days ago
I’ve climbed Mt Warning 3 times. First time was easy. 2nd time when I was 60, preparing for my solo trip to Nepal. 3rd time at 65 was harder. Much more undergrowth etc. well worth the effort. Wear good shoes or hiking boots - definitely not thongs or sandals. It can be slippery after rain. Heed all signs. It’s a tough climb so don’t underestimate the time you might take to get to the top and back. On each occasion I saw parents struggling with very young children. In winter, aim to set out by 10am. It can get dark up there. Take food, plenty water and dress appropriately. Enjoy !
by linli (score: 1|11) 441 days ago
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