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October 19, 2021

Warning after another Wollumbin rescue

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Mount Warning. Photo courtesy NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
Police are advising people who plan to climb Mount Warning to plan ahead as conditions can change quickly. Photo courtesy NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

Police have implored people wanting to climb Mount Warning (Wollumbin) to plan carefully and follow information signs after another two bushwalkers had to be rescued from the track at about 9pm on Friday (January 20).

The pair had to be rescued from Mt Warning after ‘heavy rain and poor lighting made it to dangerous for the bushwalkers to climb down the mountain,’ according to police reports.

The bushwalkers called for assistance and were later rescued with the assistance of police, SES and VRA.

They were safely escorted to car park arriving at midnight suffering from minor cuts and exhaustion.

The incident has prompted police to emphasise how important it is for intending climbers to read and follow the warning and information signs posted at the Mt Warning car park and on the park’s website for the best times and conditions to undertake the walk safely.

Late last year a man was killed by a lightning strike while camping near the summit.


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  1. Dear People who wish to climb Wollumbin DON’T
    It is Bungalung sacred land
    Walk around it but don’t climb it. Just like Uluru

  2. Well the way I see it, the police, SES and VRA. are actively encouraging the public to ignore sign-age and common sense and relying on a helicopter bailout. perhaps a night in the rain might serve to act as a discouragement.
    People who choose to pit themselves against nature by climbing cliffs,hang-gliding, sailing single-handed around the world or acting as shark bait, should be allowed to experience the full thrill of their adventures and cope with their failures too. It’s just not my problem and I don’t want my taxes paying for this ridiculous use of resources.

  3. The original custodians of the area have for decades requested that people Do not climb it. There are many cultural and spiritual reasons why the elders ask people not to climb this sacred mountain, on top of the obvious physical safety issues. Respectful boundaries of human activity on planet earth is the big lesson western culture is being called upon to learn right now. Addressing Climate change, protecting sacred sites, learning to live within the limits of Mother Earth. Think global but act local people of the rainbow region, its time to educate ourselves and those around us about how to care for country and then she will keep caring for us. Echo – you do a great job on average but I see it as neglectful for you not to reflect the wishes of the custodians as a most important and relevant perspective in this story. http://epubs.scu.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4148&context=tourism_pubs

  4. ‘ Bushwalkers’?, I very much doubt it. If they were bushwalkers they would or should have been better prepared. Too many people underestimate Mt Warning, its a bit harder than Byron Lighthouse folks!


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