Burning Mountain Nature Reserve

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Home to Australia’s only naturally burning coal seam, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve is great for school excursions and is packed with day walks, scenic views, birdwatching and picnicking opportunities.

Sometimes, the quiet corners of a state hold the biggest surprises. Burning Mountain Nature Reserve is tucked away off New England Highway, but make the stop in your car and what you’ll discover is an ancient phenomenon right beneath your feet.

To traditional Aboriginal owners, it’s the fiery tears of a woman long since turned to stone by Biami, the sky god. Early explorers assumed Burning Mountain's billowing smoke and peak of grey, smouldering ash was an active volcano. It’s actually a combusting coal seam, that’s been smouldering under the surface of the earth for an estimated 5,500 years. The main attraction isn’t all though; it’s also the perfect place for a day walk, with scenic views across the valley.

Nearby events

  1. Scone Literary Festival

    Friday 09 November 2018 to Sunday 11 November 2018 , Scone

    The Scone Literary Festival aims to promote books and to nurture a love of literature, learning and writing. They have taken 'Maintain the Page' as the motto in Scone, where they'll be reining in a superb collection of authors to discuss t…

    09 Nov - 11 Nov
  2. Scone Horse Festival

    Friday 03 May 2019 to Sunday 12 May 2019 , Scone

    The historic town of Scone is well known as the ‘Horse Capital of Australia’ and for more than 37 years, a festival has been held in the town paying homage to all breeds of horses, including Thoroughbreds, Australian Stock horses and draugh…

    03 May - 12 May