Mount Warning National Park & Tweed Valley

Mount Warning National Park & Tweed Valley
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Mount Warning National Park & Tweed Valley

When the sun rises over Australia, the first place it lights up is Mount Warning in the Tweed Valley.


When the sun rises over Australia, the first place it lights up is Mount Warning in the Tweed Valley region in far north-eastern New South Wales. The subtropical rainforests that reach out from the valley to the Queensland coast, and west towards the Great Dividing Range, offer a window to Australia’s prehistoric past.

About 20 million years ago, the volcanoes that lie along what is now the border between Queensland and New South Wales erupted, leaving behind a rippling landscape of high peaks and valleys, which have evolved into a rich biological wonderland of 14 national parks with World Heritage listing. The plants and animals in this park have a history that stretches back to the super continent Gondwana. 

Murwillumbah, Northern Rivers. NSW

At its centerpiece is the magnificent Mount Warning, given its name by Captain Cook after his ship almost ran aground on the nearby reefs. The mountain is known by the local Aboriginal tribes as Wollumbin, meaning ‘Cloud Catcher’ and is considered a sacred site.

The World Heritage Rainforest and Visitor Centre in Murwillumbah is the start of The Rainforest Way which links the region’s World Heritage-listed national parks through a network of easy driving routes. 

Fly fishing, Tyalgum, Northern Rivers, NSW

The Mt Warning View Circuit leads to the base of the mountain at the Mount Warning National Park winding through historic villages such as Uki and Tyalgum. Along the way, roadside stalls offer fresh local produce and bush tucker grown in the valley’s fertile soils.

It’s is a steep walk to the top of the mountain, however out of respect for their laws, the traditional owners ask that you do not climb it. While there is no official ban on climbing, the walk is challenging and the return trip can take four to five hours. An alternative is to take the Lyrebird Walking Track which gently winds through palm forest to a viewing platform, where you’ll hear the calls of lyrebirds.

Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park, NSW

On the western rim of the caldera, Border Ranges National Park is home to the highest concentration of marsupial species in Australia. The Minyon Falls route leads you to spectacular waterfalls that crash to the valley floor in Nightcap National Park.

Visit the hinterland villages of Casino, Kyogle, Lismore and Nimbin, home to an alternative lifestyle of artists, writers and musicians. Relax in a local health spa in the hinterland at Ballina; try yoga or experience Australia’s classic surf culture at Byron Bay. 

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