BEFORE man walked the earth, the NSW coast was alive with volcanic eruptions. One significant volcano was near Ebor, 65km east of Armidale on the state’s mid-north coast. It’s been estimated the Ebor Volcano was very active 30-60 million years ago. The lava-flows from this volcano extend for several hundred kilometres around it to such areas as the Barrington Tops and Mount Kaputar. This is evidenced by the rich-red farming land the NSW mid-north coast is known for. There are floodplains to the west, where the basalt soils are black. From the potato-growing area near Dorrigo to the lush sub-tropical rainforest areas that run along and meet the coast to the north and to the south, this is known as Gondwanaland. The New England NP, which surrounds the volcano, plays a significant part in the protection of a wide diversity of plants and animals. This was recognised in the late 1980s and was listed as a World Heritage area. Ebor Volcano’s 300m-thick rim can be viewed from Point Lookout, which is 1565m above sea level. The lookout provides stunning views into the wilderness areas that surround the rim, and at this high altitude you can see cold, tolerant snow gums covered in thick moss.