Starting the morning between the slumber of midnight and the crack of dawn, we set out for the adventure that is known as Mt. Warning. After reading several reviews and hearing folks that both Josh and I worked with, we decided we would see the sun rise at the first point that see's it in Australia.
Welllllll.........We had woke up at 1:30 in the morning and had driven two hours for the gps to take us through a few cattle roads then to a random house. With this obviously not being the path we were hoping for, we quickly figured out the closest beach as any beach sunrise is better than not seeing one atop the mountain. Taking the signs down the detour, we found our way to a sleepy town called Kingscliff. It was just as wonderful and a lot less steps to take to see the sun peak over the ocean to great us with the warmth of the day.
After a quick cat nap and some brekky, we got directions from the locals to the 10,000 steps to the top called Mt. Warning! As we arrived the hike started off with a wonderful hike up a staircase that would fool us more than once. As we climbed we were in awe of the rainforest like sights and the calls of the birds that made you sing along.
Climbing higher and higher we started to see the clouds that had fallen in the early morning nestled amongst the trees below like cotton blankets on a chilly morning. The steps soon tuned wooden blocks and then to natural stone pavers placed as if they were set out toward the summit ahead. After the chain climb over the rocks to the top, it was well worth the seemingly never ending track to the top. Like most hikes the way down was not as bad as the steep, steep hike up, but none the less I made it to the top of one of the tallest mountains in New South Whales!
Can you spot some of the many snakes we saw while on the track? Everyone said they were carpet pythons which sound nice but hey, they are pretty big snakes.
After heading down the track to the bottom we worked up quite an appetite, so we headed to our next adventure to Killan Falls. Before this we were told to catch lunch at Harvest Cafe outside Byron Bay (and by the way it was well worth the recommendation from the locals : )). After a quick bite we popped over to the rather short track to these amazing falls!
So much like the ducks on the edge of the spillway letting the fish come to them, where have you stumbled on and just sat back and enjoyed the ride?