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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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  • 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 »
  • Unfortunately it was raining the day I walked up Mt Warning. Took a bottle of water with me which I drank on the way down. Because it was raining the path had a lot of water flowing over it, so waterp...  more »
  • We walked Mount Warning with a party of 7 aged 12-50. Mount Warning is famous for being the most Easterly point of Australia so is the first place where the sun comes up, although we decided that was ...  more »