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    Posted by Jennifer Anderson June 12, 2014 - 1,482 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #hiking  #mountains  #QLDNSWborder  #rockclimbing 

    I may be cheating a little bit by mentioning Mt Warning (as it belongs to New South Wales) - but a mere one hour from Gold Coast city and set within the Gold Coast Hinterland, it’s definitely one to put on the list if you happen to be staying on the Gold Coast. 



    Mt Warning is halfway between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay (in New South Wales). Exploring the region around the Queensland/NSW border will reveal mountainous terrain, lush subtropical rainforest and village towns heavily influenced by their coastal neighbours.



    Visit the popular Nimbin for alternative therapies, sustainable living and unconventional lifestyles. Or take a walk around Uki, at the base of Mt Warning, to build on the sense of community you’ll forge as fellow hikers say g’day as they pass by.



    Mt Warning, standing at 1,156 metres elevation on the Western rim of Australia, is the first point in Australia to be touched by the sun. The five hour return climb covers 8.8 kilometres of ground, moving through ancient subtropical rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest and heath shrubland.



    A challenging rock scramble is the dramatic lead up to the journey’s climax. Bring a jacket for this section, as the temperature drops quickly, as you begin to breathe in the clouds. Once conquered, you’ll enter the warming sun and be among the clouds, with 360 degree views of the mountainous terrain and beyond. 



    The Lyrebird Track offers a less challenging walk. The 200 metre walk will take you through palm forest to a platform enveloped by rainforest. 



    Words and images by Jennifer Anderson