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We set off late last night to camp in the bus at the bottom of Mount Warning. Sunrise is meant to be the best time to climb this mountain as the views you get overlooking Byron and the surrounding towns and mountains are beautiful. Sleeping in the bus at the bottom of Mount Warning (actually in the carpark) was no problem at all, there were a few other campers there doing the same thing! I think it’s best to arrive late at night to skip the wardens checking the carpark. There wasn’t any gates stopping you going in, so it’s pretty easy to park up and camp!
We set our alarms for 4am, unfortunately, when we woke the weather had other intentions - it was torrential rain and total fog - we didn’t have any waterproofs (obviously we were totally prepared!) We decided to set off at 6am instead in the hope that we skipped the rain and the fog cleared.
We started climbing to the summit and for the majority of the way up the weather was lovely, no sun but no rain either! The first part of the walk is through a beautiful rainforest with dense palm tree canopies.
Around half way up the path starts opening up to this amazing views of the surrounding terrain. Unfortunately from around this point the weather took a turn for the worst. We were pretty unlucky when hitting the summit as the visibility was very poor and we actually couldn’t see much further than arms length! A shame but it just means I will have to go back and do it again :')
The walk in general is pretty easy, the whole route is a path which a mixture of steps and woodland ground. The only slightly tricky part was the last 100m to the summit - it’s a chained rock climb up. The sign at the bottom of the mountain stated it would take around 5 hours to complete the whole route (up to the summit and back down again). We completed it in 2.5hours and weren’t rushing. I would definitely recommend this hike, check the weather beforehand and try and hit a beautiful sunrise, but if like me you miss the view from the top, it’s still a lovely walk through the rainforest and up to the summit. The sunrise at the top would be amazing for time lapses and landscape shots of the surrounding scenery. I would have loved to get some GoPro shots and portraits had the view been a little better!
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After the hike, we headed to Nimbin for some post walking lunch - this town is probably the strangest town i’ve seen. It’s known for the fact that it is self sufficient, and doesn't shy away from promoting all sorts of drugs. Such an interesting place to walk around and take photographs of. We stopped off in a cafe here and had some lunch before heading on to Evans Head!
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Once reaching Evans Head, we parked up and made some dinner on the camp stove. We arrived at night, so didn't actually know what our surroundings looked like, all we could hear was the sound of the waves.
In the morning, the weather again wasn't too great so we actually stayed in the bus and worked from our laptops most of the day! Evans Head is a beautiful area and not far from Byron Bay - the drive back up to Byron is really lovely too as it goes through Broadwater National Park - a great photo opportunity at lots of lookouts on the beach.