The 4,117-hectare Wollumbin National Park (formerly Mount Warning National Park) is located 12 kilometres south-west of Murwillumbah on the Far North Coast of New South Wales.
Rising to a height of 1,157 metres above sea level, Wollumbin is a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano that 20 million years ago stretched from Mount Tamborine in the north to Lismore in the south. This spectacular feature can be viewed from a range of vantage points in the surrounding massive crater, The Tweed Caldera, one of the world's largest and best examples of an erosion caldera.
Wollumbin National Park is one of the most biodiverse areas in Australia and is a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, listed in 1986. It is home to over 200 rare and endangered plant and animal species. This includes Alberts lyrebird, tiger quolls, rose crowned fruit doves and several species of threatened plants.
Wollumbin – a highly sacred place
'Wollumbin is of the highest significance to the Aboriginal nations, particularly the Bundjalung nation in northern New South Wales, as a sacred ceremonial and cultural complex linked to traditional law and custom. Wollumbin is interconnected to a broader cultural and spiritual landscape, including Creation, Dreaming stories, and men's initiation rites of deep antiquity.
Bundjalung beliefs illustrate the spiritual values embodied and evoked in Wollumbin and its connections to a broader cultural landscape. These connections are important to the spiritual identity of the Bundjalung nation, many other nations and families connected to Wollumbin, predominantly men and also women.
We have a responsibility for caring for Country, our environment, plants, animals, water, earth and sky. As the oldest living culture in the world, we are sharing our cultural knowledge and entrusting this knowledge with the broader community so that our values, tradition, and law are respected, understood and acknowledged.'
– Wollumbin Consultative Group 2022
New Wollumbin Stakeholder Advisory Committee
National Parks and Wildlife Service has also established the Wollumbin Stakeholder Advisory Committee to provide a forum for key stakeholders, including local government and the tourism industry, to provide their views to Aboriginal custodians about future management of Wollumbin. This advisory committee also provides a forum for representatives to share their views and provide feedback on future recreational opportunities and visitor experiences, in other national parks in the Tweed Byron Area.
The NSW Government seeks an outcome that appropriately safeguards the significance of the Aboriginal Place at Wollumbin, while supporting a range of tourism experiences in the region.
The Wollumbin Stakeholder Advisory Committee includes representatives from:
- Tweed Tourism Council
- Destination North Coast
- Member for Lismore
- Member for Tweed
- Tweed Shire Council
- Byron Bay Shire Council
- Murwillumbah Chamber of Commerce
- Southern Cross University
- Northern Rivers Bushwalk Club
- Wollumbin Consultative Group representatives are also invited to attend
Supporting tourism in the Tweed area
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is delivering $9.5 million of visitor infrastructure improvements in the Tweed and its surrounds, including the $7.35 million Gidjuum Gulganyi Walk (formerly referred to as the Tweed Byron Hinterland Walk) project, a stunning 38-kilometre, 4-day hiking trail through Mount Jerusalem and Nightcap national parks that is due for completion in 2024.
Stage 1 of the project, the redevelopment of the Minyon Falls lookout (Nightcap National Park) precinct, was opened in 2021 and Stage 2, Unicorn Falls (Mount Jerusalem National Park) in 2022. They are both beautiful day trips within the Tweed Byron hinterland. Works are now underway to construct the 3 campgrounds.
We are also planning the Caldera Rim Walk in Wollumbin National Park, an 8-kilometre return walk with rainforest, caldera rim and mountain views.
Caldera Rim Walk draft master plan
Consultation on the draft master plan in Wollumbin National Park has closed.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is evaluating the submissions and continuing to evaluate the proposal's feasibility.