Burning Mountain Walk
Wonnarua Country

1 h 15 min to 2 h

3.7 km
return

↑ 191 m
↓ -191 m

Moderate track
Starting from the parking and picnic area this return walk is unlike you've seen elsewhere. The sometimes steep track will take you through this unusual fire country, that has been burning for 6000 years, giving the name to the mountain. Summit the head of the coal seam at the viewing platform, which offers a safe point to view the exhaust vents and rocks that have been transformed by the fires. Even if you're not able to see smoke, you may see the heat shimmer coming off the hot rocks from the viewing platform. Let us begin by acknowledging the Wonnarua people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Toilet block at car park. | Photo by admin, 2021.
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Bridge over the Natural brick pit. | Photo by admin, 2021.
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"Natural brick pit" information sign. | Photo by admin, 2021.
Picnic shelter near the summit of Burning Mountain. | Photo by admin, 2021.
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"Viewing Platform" sign just before the Burning Mountain lookout platform. | Photo by admin, 2021.
The start of the Burning Mountain lookout platform. | Photo by admin, 2021.
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Lookout platform. | Photo by admin, 2021.
Information sign "Burning Mountain: a naturally burning coal seam". | Photo by admin, 2021.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-31.8563426,150.9007208)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Hunter Expressway, M15, Greta.
  • Turn on to New England Highway, A15 then drive for 4.5 km
  • Turn right onto Lorne Street and drive for another 325 m
  • Turn right onto Bridge Street, A15 and drive for another 200 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Bridge Street, A15 and drive for another 49 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 400 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 30 m
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Track Notes
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Start.
There is a shelter (about 75 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 65 m back from the start).
Burning Mountain Res Area (about 20 m back from the start).
Find the toilet at the start.
After 45 m climb over the stile.
After another 520 m pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 9 m pass a seat (8 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Burning Mountain Walking Track.
After another 90 m turn left, to head along Burning Mountain Walking Track.
After another 7 m find a seat.
After another 360 m continue straight, to head along Burning Mountain Walking Track.
After another 570 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 150 m veer right, to head along Burning Mountain Walking Track.
After another 15 m find the "Burning Mountain Picnic Shelter" (15 m on your left).
After another 8 m continue straight, to head along Burning Mountain Walking Track.
After another 30 m cross the bridge
After another 30 m come to a viewpoint.
About 100 m past the end is "Burning Mountain".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.8 km to get back to the start.
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Burning Mountain Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.7 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 2 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one -21 m back from the start.

Shelter: There is one -75 m back from the start.

Toilet: There is one 2 m from the start.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 920 m apart with the largest gap of 3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
-75 m[shelter]
Camp site
-21 mBurning Mountain Res Area
Toilet
2 m[toilet]
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