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Mount Warning, New South Wales

Categories: Volcanos, Mountains, Nature & Parks
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Mount Warning, a mountain in the Tweed Range in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, was formed from a volcanic plug of the now-gone Tweed Volcano. The mountain is located 14km west-south-west of Murwillumbah, near the border between New South Wales and Queensland. Due to Mount Warning's proximity to Cape Byron, the Australian continent's easternmost point, it is the first place on mainland Australia to receive the sun's rays each day.Lieutenant James Cook saw the mountain from the sea and named it Mount Warning. He also named a bit of land jutting out of the shoreline as Point Danger . Together they were named as a point of reference to warn other explorers that came afterward.Shield volcanoMount Warning is the central volcanic remnant of an ancient shield volcano, the Tweed Volcano, which would have been about 1900m above sea level or just under twice the height of the current mountain. This volcano erupted around 23 million years ago. As the mountain's central vent cooled it shrank, forming a depression at the top that has greatly eroded.Today the vast areas that were part of the volcano include many mountains and ranges at some distance from Mount Warning, and include the Border Ranges, Tamborine Mountain, the McPherson Range and both the Lamington Plateau and Springbrook Plateaus. The erosion caldera formed since this eruption is easily visible around the summit and forms the rim of the Tweed Valley.
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  • I've climbed Mount Warning twice now and absolutely loved both times! The first time we got up at 1am and drove there from Brisbane to make the pre-sunrise climb to watch the sunrise from the top. It ...  read more »
  • The signs are correct, wear appropriate footwear and clothing take food and water. Take your time, enjoy and b prepared for the final rock scramble it is tough. Just b sure to select the best day u ca...  read more »
  • Climbed Mt. Warning yesterday. It was my third time (previous times in 2001 and 2002). My girlfriend an I decided to climb it together so we can cross it off my list. I'm now 44 and felt the 14 years ...  read more »
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