Burning Mountain

New South Wales

Burning Mountain is a unique natural phenomenon and a highlight of the region. The best way to discover this unusual nature reserve is a 4km return track that has some steep sections.

Bird Watching
Heritage Sites
Arid or Desert
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

The walk begins from the Burning Mountain Nature Reserve carpark.

From Scone:

  • Follow New England Highway towards Tamworth
  • Burning Mountain Nature Reserve is 20km north of Scone, on the right-hand side of the highway

From Tamworth:

  • Follow New Wngland highway towards Scone
  • Burning Mountain Nature Reserve is about 100km Southof Tamworth, on the left-hand side of the highway.

Trail Information

The trail is clear and easy but steep overall and strenuous, but worth it for the expansive views at the peak and the fascinating sulphur vent chimneys pouring out hot gas from the coal fire deep below. There's a lovely picnic shelter near the peak and plenty of wildlife along the way in warmer months. Very dry and arid, lots of water recommended. More information at:

GPS Tracks

  • No GPS available for this walk yet.


I slept in my station wagon on a roadtrip south from Brisbane to Kosciusko, in the morning I walked to the summit to watch the chimney vents burn. It's a big effort but very well maintained and worth it, the views of the surrounding landscape are stunning and the phenomenon itself is breathtaking

Angus Small on Oct, 2018


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