Hiking Mount Warning

Mount Warning is the highest peak in the Northern NSW region. The hike is best described as strenuous, but worth it for the view. I have hiked Mount Warning a few times now and it never disappoints.

The Trail

9km round trip
2-5 hours return

The trail starts from the top of the car park, kicking straight into a steep series of stairs. As you pass the stairs, the trail levels out to a consistent incline of long switchbacks. A canopy of dense ancient trees and greenery covers the first section of the trail. It is hard to stop looking up, but necessary as the path can be uneven, so watch your step!

The trail is a total of 4.5 kms, the first 4km being stairs and switchbacks, followed by a final rock climb to the summit. The rock climb is steep, so if you are afraid of height I would steer clear. For the adventurers, you will love it. There is a chain to use to assist you with the climb (photo below). My friend and I went without and scaled the rocks with our hands and feet. I loved it!

The view from the top is unreal with 360-degree views of northern NSW all the way up to Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast region. You will be looking down on other mountaintops which is surreal and possibly one of my favourite feelings.

We smashed the hike out in 1 hour 15 minutes up and 1 hour back!


Mount Warning is easily accessible from the Gold Coast (approx 30 minutes). The closest town to Mount Warning is Murwillumbah. I have embedded a map for you below and suggest using Google maps to find your way.

What to pack

Snacks, water, camera, phone and a jumper (it can get cold at the top). I like to keep it simple so that is all I would take.


Bathrooms at the bottom of the trail


Leave early – it is a full day adventure

Don’t forget water – I did once and it wasn’t ideal

Hiking Mount Warning

Hiking Mount warning

Hiking Mount Warning

Hiking Mount Warning

Hiking Mount Warning

Hiking Mount Warning

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