Wollumbin National Park
The looming presence of iconic Mount Warning is at the heart of this national park, a lush rainforest environment on the state’s far north coast. World Heritage-listed Mount Warning is a remnant of an ancient volcano formed some 23 million years ago. Captain Cook named the peak on his 1770 voyage, to warn mariners of the dangers of offshore reefs. The warm climate and good soil proved ideal for cultivation – cedar-getting and sugarcane, banana and dairy farming developed after white settlement. The region was traditionally the domain of the Murwillumbah and Moorung–Moobar people, and their law allowed only chosen people to climb Wollumbin, meaning ‘cloud catcher’. Today’s visitors to the park are asked not to climb the mountain.
In the rainforest a tangle of buttressed white booyong trees, bangalow palms, woody vines and large tree-hugging epiphytes ﬂourish. Strangler ﬁgs and majestic Moreton Bay ﬁgs create a dense canopy, and Illawarra ﬂame trees add an unexpected ﬂash of colour. Take particular care of the giant stinging tree – the large, heart-shaped leaves can inﬂict a severe sting. On the mountain’s more exposed summit, dry heath, tea-tree and wattle grow. Threatened animals include the spotted-tailed quoll, squirrel glider and several species of bats. Birds include the grumpy-looking marbled frogmouth, the paradise riﬂebird and Albert’s lyrebird, a ground-dweller that rakes the forest ﬂoor in search of insects. An enjoyable stroll is the Lyrebird Walk (150 metres, 20 minutes, easy), which leaves from the Korrumbyn Creek area. There is a picnic area at Korrumbyn Creek. A range of accommodation is on offer nearby.
Location and access
863 km north of Sydney; 12 km south-west of Murwillumbah via Murwillumbah–Kyogle Rd then Mount Warning Rd
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Murwillumbah (02) 6670 8600
Murwillumbah (02) 6672 1340