Monday, December 11, 2006

Murwillumbah and Mt Warning

No matter where you go in Murwillumbah (pronounced m'will-um-bar), Mount Warning seems to be in the background.

James Cook named the mountain, which was visible from sea, on his discovery voyage up the coast - it warned him of Point Danger, which he also named.

It is the ancient core of a volcano and the Tweed Valley forms part of the ancient Caldera more than 60km across. The surrounding hills can be seen from the air to form the ancient shield walls; the aboriginal name for the mountain is Wollumbin - fighting chief of the mountains.

Murwillumbah is a town of about 9000 and was the original district centre for the early settlers. It is still the centre of local government but the coastal towns and villages are becoming the bigger population centres.

Cheers, Alan

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