Sunrise at Mount Warning – Story + Photos

If you do one thing in your life, go and see the sun rise at Mount Warning in New South Wales. A spontaneous trip down from Brisbane, we found ourselves on the road just after 1am. Stocked up on energy drinks, No-Doz, sandwich supplies and high-sugar lollies, we arrived just after 3:30am thanks to a little detour where we forgot to pay attention to the GPS.
9km return, supposed to take 5 hours. All we were worried about was beating the sunrise at 6:37am. Otherwise we would have just wasted a trip!
There was a subtle comradery as we trudged up the mountain. Calls of Cooooo-eeeee echoed in th darkness as we hiked with nothing but torchlight and the moon to guide us.
Mainly stairs, with some uneven rock surfaces and a scramble for the final section, this mountain isn’t particularly tough to hike/climb (unlike Mt Tibrogargan on the Sunshine Coast!). However, it is long. The trek up took us just over two hours with breaks every so often to check out the view. If we were pushing, maybe an hour and a half would have been achievable.
I was very surprised to see that many people out so early (particularly the morning after State of Origin), and by the time the sun rose at the top a group of about 20 of us had gathered.
Winter, at Mt Warning, is freezing. The whole way up, the physical exercise combined with the leafy undergrowth had protected us from the freezing wind which buffeted the mountain. Despite wearing three layers on the top, two layers on the bottle and a beanie, I was still cold and wishing desperately that I had brought gloves and a scarf.
However, it was so worth it. Being the first to see the sun rise for the day out of the whole of Australia is a completely amazing experience. Despite next to no sleep, I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat (although maybe when it’s slightly warmer next time!
The most interesting part of the trip, besides the sunrise, was possible encountering a cow loitering in the middle of the road (we were in the country I guess), or a warning sign which read: “CAUTION – Fruit Stall Ahead. Ah, road trips!

Cold Rock Goes Global

Iconic Australian ice-cream company Cold Rock goes international













Walking down the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, it’s easy to spot the Western brands which have infiltrated this Vietnamese city.


With Baskin-Robbins frequenting street corners around the city, and foreign brands like McDonalds, KFC and Burger King interspersed frequently, it’s easy to see why Ho Chi Minh City is fast becoming a metropolitan and culturally diverse city.


Cold Rock has a second home in Vietnam, currently with two stores in Ho Chi Minh City

The streets are lined with foods representative of virtually every nation on the planet, and CEO of Franchised Food Company and Cold Rock, Stan Gordon, saw an opportunity in Vietnam.
“I visited Vietnam on a personal trip about a year and a bit ago,” Mr Gordon said.
“And just in walking up and down the streets and just embracing Vietnam and the culture in Vietnam, I identified an opportunity to take the Cold Rock brand there.
“I think it’s a very aspirational market.”
Vietnam is the first stop for Cold Rock outside of its traditional Australian market. The Cold Rock brand is uniquely Australian owned and developed.
Mr Gordon said that originally, the plan was to export the finished ice-cream product to Vietnam, freighting the liquid and milk in frozen or refrigerated containers. However the cost, he said, was too great. But they found an interesting solution.
“We got one of our manufacturers to actually extract the liquid out of it,” Mr Gordon explained.
“So we sent a powder base which is uniquely ours , not just a normal power, and we re-liquefy it in Vietnam” he said.

The Cold Rock brand and product has been adapted to suit the Vietnamese taste palate