Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track

Wollumbin National Park

Closed due to current alerts 

Overview

Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

Where
Wollumbin National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
8.8km return
Time suggested
5 - 6hrs
Grade
Grade 5
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What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, hat, sunscreen, snacks, first aid kit
Please note
  • Wollumbin is a place of great spiritual significance to the Bundjalung People. Visitors are asked to respect their wishes and choose not to climb the summit track.
  • Border Ranges National Park and Nightcap National Park provide some of the best photo opportunities of Wollumbin in all its glory.
  • If you do climb this track it requires extreme caution. It’s long, steep, difficult and dangerous in places. It shouldn’t be attempted in poor weather or when high winds or thunderstorms are forecast.
  • For your safety, set out before midday in winter as descending in the dark is treacherous and you may become lost.
  • Take advantage of toilets at the carpark. You’ll need to bag and carry out your waste, including toilet waste, on the summit track.

Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track is located 12km south-west of Murwillumbah, in Wollumbin National Park. This is a sacred place to the Bundjalung People, and was declared an Aboriginal Place in 2015. Visitors are asked to respect the wishes of the Bundjalung Elders and avoid climbing this very difficult track.

Wollumbin, which means ‘cloud catcher’ to some Aboriginal People, is a traditional place of cultural law, initiation and spiritual education for the people of the Bundjalung Nation. Under Bundjalung law, only certain people can climb the summit. Out of respect for their law and culture, consider not climbing the summit.

If you choose to tackle this challenging track, take extreme care. The 8.8km return walk takes at least 5hrs and is long and steep, with a very strenuous 100m vertical rock scramble to reach the summit. The high, exposed summit can attract wild weather and the track shouldn’t be attempted in poor conditions, especially during thunderstorms. In winter, it’s important to start before midday to avoid a dangerous descent in the dark.

You can also try Goorgana walking track or Pholis Gap walking track in nearby Nightcap National Park, or Best of All lookout at Queensland’s Springbrook National Park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • A timber bridge crosses Breakfast Creek along Lyrebird track, Wollumbin National Park. Photo: D Hofmeyer.

    Lyrebird track

    Wollumbin National Park, including Lyrebird track, remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/wollumbin-mount-warning-summit-track/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track.

Track grading

Grade 5

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    5 - 6hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Very steep and difficult

  • Distance

    8.8km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Wollumbin National Park is located 12km south-west of Murwillumbah, off Kyogle Road.

From Murwillumbah:

  • Take the Kyogle Rd towards Uki
  • Around 10km from Murwillumbah, before you reach Uki, turn right into Mt Warning Road
  • Continue 3.5km to the end of Mt Warning Rd, where you’ll reach Breakfast Creek carpark in the national park

Road quality

  • Mount Warning Road is subject to rapidly rising floodwaters, even during localised storms.

  • Sealed roads

Parking

  • Limited parking is available at Breakfast Creek carpark. Not suitable for longer vehicles including coaches, caravans, and camper trailers.
  • This is a high-risk area for theft, please don’t leave valuables in your car.
  • Please make sure you don’t obstruct the emergency vehicle parking zone.

Facilities

  • Toilet facilities are located at Breakfast Creek carpark.
  • There are no toilets or rubbish facilities on the summit track. Please bag and carry out all waste, including toilet waste, to protect park environments and animals.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • The temperature drops rapidly as you climb higher, and the mountain can attract wild weather due its height. Always check weather conditions before your journey, and never set out if bad weather is approaching.

Bushwalking safety

Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in NSW national parks.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Not wheelchair-accessible.

Prohibited

Adventure activities including rock climbing and abseiling are prohibited in Wollumbin National Park.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Wollumbin National Park. Camping and accommodation is available near the park on Mt Warning Road, and in Murwillumbah or Uki.

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track is in Wollumbin National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Green rooms of the world

Rainforest stream on lyrebird track, Wollumbin National Park. Photo: D Hofmeyer

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 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.

  • Lyrebird track Wollumbin National Park, including Lyrebird track, remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.
  • Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

Sacred summit

Distant mountains, Wollumbin National Park. Photo: D Hofmeyer

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.

  • Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

Voices of the forest

Noisy pitta (Pitta versicolor), Wollumbin National Park. Photo: OEH

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. 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.

  • Lyrebird track Wollumbin National Park, including Lyrebird track, remains closed until the end of November 2021 due to public safety risks, and to further consult with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

    Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

    One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

  • Australian brush turkey, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

    The Australian brush turkey, also known as bush or scrub turkey, can be found in rainforests along eastern NSW. With a striking red head, blue-black plumage and booming call, these distinctive Australian birds are easy to spot while bird watching in several NSW national parks.

  • Lace monitor, Daleys Point walking track, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Lace monitor (Varanus varius)

    One of Australia’s largest lizards, the carnivorous tree-dwelling lace monitor, or tree goanna, can grow to 2m in length and is found in forests and coastal tablelands across eastern Australia. These Australian animals are typically dark blue in colour with whitish spots or blotches.

Environments in this park

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