Mt Warning Summit trail

Mt Warning National Park

A trail to the summit of Mt Warning offers beautiful 360 degree views of the great dividing range from the peak. Lots of steps, can be slippery. A steep climb to the summit using chains, but the views from the top is worth it!

Scrambling or Climbing
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

You can drive to the base of Mt Warning in a normal vehicle by following roads out of Murwillumbah. 


Burringbar 1:25,000 (NSW 9541-2S)

Route/Trail notes

The walk up is through subtropical and temperate rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and heath shrubland. The final 10% of the journey involves scrambling up a rock face using chains as a guide and help. The top of the mountain has well established seating and lookout areas that have 360 degree views


You do not need any permits and there is no associated cost.

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January 2019

Kmacd on 24 May, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this walk on Mothers Day with all five of my children and the older childrens partners and we even carried my one year old grand daughter up to the summit. The rock scramble with chains was my favourite part.

Sherry77 on 12 May, 2019

I've been up a few times before, solo and with others. This is a great hike to work on your fitness. This time, we went up for sunrise. The higher we got, the thicker the cloud got, making the chain climb a bit wet, slippery but still fun. Up on the main lookout it was windy and freezing, however the next lookout was more sheltered and the sunrise was still visable. Sadly there was a huge bag of rubbish left up top... come on people, look after Our Planet!

rainbowshlee on 15 Apr, 2019

A really good climb, not too hard but the top 100m is very steep so be careful with kids - or just be careful full stop! Views from the top are amazing. Do not climb late in the day as it gets dark quickly under the tree cover. And take plenty of water in the summer- you will need it!

Ross on 25 Mar, 2019

Love this trek!

Tony Capitano on 5 Mar, 2019

Tiring but an enjoyable hike!

Fat Mol on 27 Jan, 2019

There is really small writing on one of the entry boards that says climbing the summit is against the wishes of the Bundjalung Elders. I wish I had known that before I did it!

Took me about 5 hours total, I had heaps of resting stops on the way up because I'm not very fit and steps are my sworn enemy. Eventually I made the (seemingly infinite) scramble to the top and the views were pretty outstanding. On the way a whipbird called right in front of me, that was nice. My legs were jelly by the time I got back to the carpark.

Please don't leave your toilet paper on the trail, take it with you or get a pee rag!

Le on 23 Jan, 2019

A wonderful hike with views that are well and truly worth it!
Loved the chain section but my knees certainly felt it on the way down.
Avoid the toilets at all cost (foul smelling- worse than any drop toilet I've ever used).

Elizabeth Bate on 2 Jan, 2019

Made it up for sunrise. Amazing hike with a fairly clear night and an amazing view of the stars. Definitely pause at the helicopter rescue spots to take in the view, well worth it. Fast moving clouds on top made it a very special sunrise, quite a unique experience with the sunrise slipping in and out of view of the clouds. Can see why it’s called the cloud catcher.
Temp dropped rapidly on summit (in peak summer) to about 16-17C, with the clouds providing some light rain. I was glad I packed the gortex jacket as it definitely came in handy, even though I was sweating in shorts and t-shirt up to that point.
As has been mentioned below, it’s quite a gradual ascent, with the most difficult bit being the rock scramble just below the summit. Plenty of foot and hand holds, and the chain, make this fairly straight forward.
There is a half way point to gauge your time V distance left to summit, and a number of rest points with chairs along the way. Just take your time and go at your own pace.
I wore North Face Edurus TR’s that gave me plenty of grip and support. Ankle boots aren’t necessarily needed but will provide greater support, although consider you will need good grip for the rock scramble as well, especially if there is rain. Plenty of trail runners were bounding through on their descent.
I drank about half a L of water, but packed 2L. Will depend on time of day, but the rainforest canopy provides a lot of relief from the sun. Would only pack 1L if returning again.
If you’re new to hiking, go and do something like Purling Brook falls first to get an idea of how your fitness holds up to the hike. I’d suggest doing Purling Brook anti-clockwise so that you have to ascend the stair section back to the carpark. Keep in mind that Mt Warning is more difficult than Purling Brook but the stair section provides a similar grade to what you’ll find when you summit Mt Warning (sans the rock scramble of course).
I stayed at the Mt Warning Rainforest Park so that I could get a good nights rest before waking at 3am to leave for the sunrise summit push. Unpowered camp site was $40 for the night. Park was well kept, situated amongst the rainforest about a 5 min drive to the carpark.
Started at 3:39am AEDT and summited in 1:37.
Descended at 6:15am AEDT and made it to the carpark in 1:34.
Relatively good fitness being a regular runner (around 15kms a week).

Paul B on 2 Jan, 2019

Pretty tough hike up mostly because every single step is a step up all the way up and a step down all the way down. So if you're not young or super fit it will be a challenge for the calves! It's a fairly cool walk up though so that helps. I would recommend taking an electrolyte drink if you are prone to build up in the legs like I am, as my legs were like jelly the whole way down slowing me down. My favorite part was the rock chain climb at the top. A disappointingly amount of rubbish up the top underneath the platforms with fruit scraps scattered around. So many banana peels, apple cores and watermelon husks everywhere. It's really disgraceful. The drawback to this hike is the amount of people doing it. We saw at least 100 people. We did Mt Cordeux 7 days later and we saw 8 people - much better!

BeckNWood on 31 Dec, 2018

Amazing, enjoyable hike! The last 400m rock scramble was very easy as there's a chain and plenty of foot holds.

isa09 on 4 Dec, 2018

Such an amazing hike! I would do it again in an instant. Sunrise was perfection 😍👌🏼

Kirst on 24 Oct, 2018

Such an amazing hike! I would do it again in an instant. Sunrise was perfection 😍👌🏼

Kirst on 24 Oct, 2018

Nice walk on a clear path through some lovely forest. The scrabble up the chain at the end has foot grooves so not too bad but a pair of gloves is handy coming down.
The 5.5 hours is a good estimate for someone of age with reasonable fitness. Younger & more fit should finish quicker.
Spectacular views from the Border Ranges to the ocean.

Cheryl on 19 Sep, 2018

Nice walk, the rock scramble was much easier than we anticipated and would be achievable for most people without too much drama.

Daisy on 16 Sep, 2018

Up is easy, down is the worst!

Jesse on 28 Aug, 2018

Bring a flashlight even if you don't plan on returning in the dark. It was a lovely day, a hard trek but well worth it. Only sad part about it was the rubbish (toilet paper and beverage containers). Thank you to all the advice from fellow climbers and clear signage. Path is easy to follow even in the dark but made much safer with a light :) it took my partner and I 7 hours return as we have low to mid range fitness.

BouiBoui on 20 Aug, 2018

As always a good cardio workout!

Steve on 12 Aug, 2018

I highly recommend this walk once you get to the top the views are magnificent, the track is unforgiving and not for the unfit do not attempt it if it is your first walk in the park and unfit.

Juanita on 12 Aug, 2018

Birthday Hike!! Beautiful hike through the forest, with a short scramble at the end which wasn't difficult. Took us about 4.5 hours with a break at the top. Loads of people around. Had a great lunch and cake at a nearby Cafe afterwards.

Leith on 28 Jul, 2018


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