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Burning Mountain awesome

Enjoyable few hours spent at Burning Mountain on our recent trip to Scone, Upper Hunter Valley... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2023
ALW3197
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Melbourne, Australia
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A Sniff of Sulphur

This is a great walking track and the fact that a fire has been burning below your feet for around... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2022
Gardengirl212
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 5 April 2022

This is a great walking track and the fact that a fire has been burning below your feet for around 5,500 years is both frightening and fascinating.

Located in nearby Wingen (Aboriginal for Burning Mountain) this walk starts at the carpark.

The track changes in both appearance and surface regularly. You'll see so many magnificent trees with a variety of gums, beautiful stringybarks plus meadows of wildflowers and native grasses to frame the stunning views all around. Birdlife is abundant for twitchers too.

It’s an easy walk to the coal seam with plenty of rest stops along the way and just before you reach the viewing platform at the end, there’s a picnic table ideal for a lunch stop and for taking in a beautiful vista.

Information panels can be found along the track telling the story of Burning Mountain both scientifically and Dreamtime.

The Burning Mountain walk is a formed track of approximately 4km return with some steep sections, obstacles and quite a few steps (Grade 3).

Don’t forget to take drinking water and wear proper walking shoes, hat and sunscreen.

Date of experience: March 2022
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Reviewed 2 October 2020

Interesting walk particularly for kids.
At the top of Burning Mountain we were a little disappointed not to see smoke, but we could see the heat shimmer and smell sulphur.
We were also lucky enough to see a wedge tailed eagle soaring above and a kangaroo and joey.
Take a picnic and rug or chairs and relax under a shady tree after your walk.

Date of experience: September 2020
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Reviewed 7 July 2020

Glad we stopped and make the 4km return walk. Easy path, which is mostly uphill initially for the 1st 1km approx.. I had not heard of Burning mountain until I researched the area but glad we made the walk. Not much else to see apart form the warm, smouldering surface. Would be a good adventure for the kids.

Date of experience: July 2020
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Reviewed 21 April 2020

A 1 - 2 hour walk return over some hilly, uneven terrain, up steps, through bush which has been burnt previously which is not exciting for most.

There is a display board at the gravel carpark which gives an overview of Burning Mountain Reserve, a history of the Liverpool Plains, including Indigenous and European migration history/travellers etc. The coal seam has been burning for "thousands of years"...

There is no flame, but you can see (if you are lucky, patient) steam or thermal waves - there is some odour as well (sulphur due to the sulphides in the iron oxide and alum).

The is a reasonable platform to view the desolation - not much to see. Warning signs not to walk onto the hot zone. A reasonably good view of the Rolling Liverpool Plains and farming land.

At the carpark there are toilets - but no other amenities i.e. no tables, seating, shelter, or showers. There are no amenities along the way to the coal fire.

This activity is free - teenagers will probably hate it, young kids might enjoy it, although, the walk is not stimulating.

You do cross private land - which was good of the land holder to give access.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Just north of Scone you can undertake a pleasant 1-hour round trip bush walk with some nice views, to a burning coal seam. Has been burning for 6000 years!

Don’t expect Mt Etna, it is burning underground and at best you may see some smoke and can see heat rising from the ground. Not much to see from the viewing platform, but if you are careful (it’s not without its dangers, and not with little kids!) you can have a closer look and get an an idea of what’s happening underground. Can feel the heat and smell burning coal. Watch out for the seemingly bottomless crevices where the heat has split open the ground. Worth an hour or so.

Date of experience: November 2018
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