A must see attraction that all ages can enjoy. Burning mountain is one of only three underground naturally burning coal seams in the world.
The slowly burning coal seam is believed to be 30m under the surface and evidence of it’s affect on the landscape can be seen on the surface.
Located just 20 km north of Scone, a guided walking track leads you from the car park to the viewing platform at the top of Burning Mountain for a safe vantage point to view the exhaust vents and rock.
The walk takes approximately an hour and a half to complete and is signposted with information panels about the history of the mountain. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the picnic facilities provided at the reserve.
The Burning Mountain Area was once the country of the Indigenous Wanaruah people of the Upper Hunter and it was the place where traditional ceremonies were held.
There is a marked 4.6km round walk through the bushland. The track is marked out and is easy to follow and there are small signs giving you brief information about the area. It is located 20kms north of Scone along the New England Highway. Scone is about two hours north west of Newcastle and about two hours south of Tamworth. At the top is the open burning coal seam.
Along the way you will come across many native eucalypts, stringy barks, grey gums and some ironbarks. You may come across some of the fauna such as kangaroos, possums, goannas, wallaroos and echidnas as well as insects and skinks.
There is camping allowed in the car park area. There are toilet facilities, picnic tables and wood BBQ’s available but no wood is supplied nor is there potable water