Burning Mountain

Burning Mountain
Burning Mountain
Mount Wingen

View of the summit
Elevation 520 m (1,706 ft) [1]
Prominence 120 m (394 ft) [1]
Burning Mountain is located in New South Wales
Burning Mountain
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 31°51′54″S 150°54′04″E / 31.865°S 150.90111°E / -31.865; 150.90111Coordinates: 31°51′54″S 150°54′04″E / 31.865°S 150.90111°E / -31.865; 150.90111[2]
Topo map Murrurundi 9034 (1:100000)
Murrurundi 90324N (1:25000)
Easiest route walking track

Burning Mountain, the common name for Mount Wingen, is a hill near Wingen, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 224 kilometres (139 mi) north of Sydney just off the New England Highway.[2] It takes its name from a smouldering coal seam running underground through the sandstone. Burning Mountain is contained within the Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, which is administered by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).[3][4]

A trail runs from the Park carpark to the site where smoke emanates from the ground and includes information panels.

The scientific estimate is that the fire has burned for approximately 6,000 years and is the oldest known coal fire.[5] Original explorers and settlers to the area believed that the smoke coming from the ground was volcanic in origin. The fire is moving in a generally southerly direction at a rate of about one metre per year.

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