The Majestic Wollumbin

Around 23 million years ago, the landscape we now know as the Tweed Valley was dramatically different. Mt Warning, also known as Wollumbin, is an iconic landmark located in our Northern Rivers region. The volcano itself is dormant, having last erupted millions of years ago. It rises to an elevation of 1,156 meters (3,793 feet) above sea level, making it the highest point in the region and the first point in Australia to be hit by the sunrise every morning. It holds great cultural significance for the local Aboriginal Bundjalung people, who call it Wollumbin, meaning “cloud catcher” or “fighting chief”.

 It is considered a place of spiritual significance and is often visited by Indigenous people for cultural ceremonies and rituals. Mount Warning is not only a geological marvel but also a cultural and ecological asset to Tweed Heads, offering a range of tourism opportunities that showcase its natural beauty and significance.

As soon as you leave the marina, you can view this magnificent piece of history from almost every point in the river. So don’t feel left out, Mount Warning is always there with you. By checking out some of our maps located on our areas and attractions page, you can plan your way around the river to catch a glimpse of the Mountain.

Mount Warning and its surrounding rainforest are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, recognized for their outstanding universal value and biodiversity. The local community and authorities are actively involved in preserving the natural and cultural heritage of Mt Warning, including managing visitor access and protecting the fragile ecosystem. These facts highlight the rich history, cultural significance, and natural beauty of Mt Warning, making it a truly special place to visit and explore.

 

 

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