The last major destination on our Byron Bay trip was Mt Warning, a remnant of the ancient Tweed Volcano and part of the world-heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests. It is known as the “cloud catcher” to the local Bundjalung people. At 1156 m high and situated near the eastern tip of Australia, it is also known as the first place on the mainland to see the sun’s rays on a winter morning. We stayed the night in a cozy yurt at the Mt Warning B&B Retreat and were pleasantly awoken by an orchestra of what had to be at least 200,000 different species of tropical birds.
The 8.8 km (return) trek through subtropical rainforests to the summit, including a strenuous near-vertical scramble near the top, rewarded us with breathtaking 360º views of the eroded caldera and surrounding area, with Surfer’s Paradise (50 km away) and Byron Bay (45 km away) visible in the distance. View the GPS tracks of the hike in Google Earth and check out the slideshow.