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Mount Warning, New South Wales

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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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  • Ok, not for the faint hearted, we did it in 4 hrs all up. That is, up and down. take water and a trail mix, it's great for all types as it is steps, wide steps all the way up and down until you get to...  more »
  • My brother and I completed the hike (approx 9km) in approx 2.5 hours in the late afternoon. It was one of the most strenuous hikes I've ever done, particularly with the last 250m of climbing - pulling...  more »
  • Guys, the view is just amazing. The best thing to do is to see the sky at the night from the top so I would recon the arrival 1:30hr before the sunrise. Took us 2hrs to go up and we had the oldest (70...  more »