Australia has some absolutely stunning, world class hikes, although Hiking Mt Warning would have to be high on the list.
With the most amazing views of the sunrise seen from the most eastern part of Australia, there is no wonder hiking Mt Warning is ever so popular. It is a hike not to be missed when travelling the east coast of Australia, also allowing for 360 degree views of Australia’s great dividing range.
Although it is a little inland off the coast, it’s still very simple to get to. All you need to do is drive towards Murwillumbah and follow the roads out of Murwillumbah with signs directed towards Mt Warning where you will arrive at the base in the Breakfast Creek parking area.
It is best to climb the mountain in the early hours of the morning around 2-3am to be certain you catch the first rays of sun that light up the sky.
As the sun started to rise up on Mt Warning
Hiking Mt Warning can be tough at times depending on your fitness levels, I call it a medium level hike. Towards the end of the hike up you will need to climb up some rock faces using chains to aid your climb for the remaining 10% of the hike. This is the hardest part of the climb and can make for a good challenge, again depending on your fitness levels.
All up, and again depending on your fitness levels you can do the whole climb up and down from anywhere between 1.5 to 4 hours.
A lot of people like hiking Mt Warning mid morning and some during the day also, so if you are to get up super early for the sunrise you will miss most of the congestion on the trail as hiking Mt Warning is becoming more and more popular. Remember to bring a head torch for lighting on your way up for the early morning hike, along with water and even some fruit and nuts to re-energize.
It’s a great hike, enjoy it, and please, remember to stop every so often to take it all in, Hiking Mt Warning is a hike you will remember. Have fun!
An early morning shot up on Mt Warning before the sun decided to appear