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Wollumbin National Park

“Wollumbin is just a beautiful place to be, with the view of an ancient volcano surrounded by Gondwana-age rainforest.”

Wollumbin, which dramatically rises from World Heritage-listed Wollumbin National Park – formerly known as Mount Warning National Park – to a height of 1,157m above sea level, is a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano. This spectacular feature can be viewed from a range of vantage points in the surrounding massive crater (caldera), including Cudgen Nature Reserve, Border Ranges National Park and Nightcap National Park, Cape Byron Lighthouse and various settlements.

Explore this exquisite Gondwana Rainforest of Australia – rich in plant, bird and animal life – by taking a short walk on Lyrebird track. Hike this winding path under towering palms listening out for the calls of whipbirds, noisy pitta and, of course, lyrebirds. Enjoy a picnic beside Breakfast Creek or at Korrumbyn picnic area.

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Why you should visit

Wollumbin National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Sacred summit
Captain Cook named it Mount Warning, but to the Aboriginal community, it’s a sacred place known as Wollumbin. Many stories from communities in the far-reaching surrounding area are associated with this site. For local Aboriginal People, including Nganduwal, Galibal, Gidhabul and Widjabal, Wollumbin is an integral part of a complex network of mythological and significant sites interrelated and bound together by their Dreaming. Despite being dispossessed during early European settlement, local Aboriginal People maintain a diversity of living cultures and a unique and deep attachment to this land.

Green rooms of the world
Wollumbin National Park is a Gondwana Rainforest of Australia. Gondwana rainforests include the world’s most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest, large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to experience some of these environments, which are practically in your backyard.

Voices of the forest
Can you hear the pouched frog? It’s a very quiet ‘eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh’. Did you know that the sound of the eastern whipbird is a duet? The first long note comes from the male and then the female joins in with her whip crack response. From the high canopy down to the forest floor live a huge variety of animals and birds to see and hear. Though some, like the carpet python, land mullet, eastern small-eyed snake, lace monitor, black-bellied marsh snake and long-nosed potoroo, are very quiet creatures.

Extreme plantlife
Plant species in Wollumbin seem varied to the extremes. There are prettily-named ones such as maidenhair, silkpod, watervine, wait-a-while, tree fern, wilkiea and red apple. These live alongside Wollunbin zieria, with its warty and felted branchlets, the prickly shield fern, stinging nettle, flooded gum, giant spear lily, dogwood, turpentine and, most disconcerting, giant stinging tree.

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Getting there

 Car

From Murwillumbah:

  • Head southwest towards Uki along Riverview Street, which becomes Kyogle Road, and then Uki Road at Byangum Bridge.
  • Approximately 12km from Murwillumbah, before you reach Uki, turn right into Mount Warning Road.
  • Travel approximately 3.5km to carpark

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 Opening times

Wollumbin National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Wollumbin National Park is close to:

  • Murwillumbah (12km)
  • Byron Bay (62km)
  • Lismore (96km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Wollumbin National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • During this season, the forest floor comes alive with colour and activity while the canopy blooms with flowers and bears fruit above. Birds display their breeding plumage while animals taking advantage of the free bounty. The sweet fragrance of nectar fills the forest to entice insects, birds, bats and mammals.

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • The frequency of spectacular afternoon storms means this can be a great time for photographers

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • Look out for macropods and young birds as they prepare to head out by themselves and find their own home range

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Enjoy the clear blue skies common during this season of stable highs which dominate the Northern Rivers region in winter

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 19°C and 28°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 43°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 9°C and 21.5°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -0.3°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is February, the driest is September.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 321mm in one day

Safety

Tweed Area Office

Phone: 02 6670 8600
Email: Kyogle.Area@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: 1/135 Murwillumbah St, Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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Sunrise, Wollumbin National Park. Photo: S Foreman.