Burning Mountain Nature Reserve protects Mt Wingen, what is thought to be the oldest burning coal seam in existence. Initially believed to be a volcano, because of the sulphurous gases emanating from cracks around the summit, it was probably lit by a lightning strike over 2000 years ago. The entire reserve is only about 15ha in size.


Burning Mountain Nature Reserve is about 200km north of Sydney on the New England Highway. There is a car park and rest area on the right hand side of the highway, about 19km north of Scone and 3km north of the town of Wingen.



There is a short walk with interpretative signs explaining the effect of the burning seam on the landscape, the significance of the area to the aboriginal people and the history of Burning Mountain.