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248 Track
Time: 3 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.1 km SSW of Peats Ridge
Length: 8.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 8.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Popran National Park
Climb: 255 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 255 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

A nice walk through Popran National Park with good views along the way. The optional side trip to Mt Olive adds some great views and scenery. If you have a car with good ground clearance, you could drive to Ironbark picnic area and start the walk from there. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Popran National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for 248 Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of 248 Track
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Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail
Ironbark Rd picnic area
Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail
Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track
Int of Mt Olive bush track and Glenworth Valley track
Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail
Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Gunderman 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91313S 
 Mangrove 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91313N 
 Gosford 1:100 000 Map Series 9131 

Photo Gallery

 
Gate at the Popran Pipeline Track
 
Gate at the Popran Pipeline Track +
 
Along Ironbark Rd
 
Along Ironbark Rd +
 
The Ironbark picnic area
 
The Ironbark picnic area +

 
Facilities at Ironbark picnic area
 
Facilities at Ironbark picnic area +
 
Horse access to Popran National Park
 
Horse access to Popran National Park +
 
Grasstree
 
Grasstree +

 
Walking in Popran National Park
 
Walking in Popran National Park +
 
Atop Mt Olive
 
Atop Mt Olive +
 
A curve in the trail
 
A curve in the trail +

 
Donovans Forest
 
Donovans Forest +
 
Lookout at the end of the 248 trail
 
Lookout at the end of the 248 trail +
 
Nice rock textures
 
Nice rock textures +

 
Boronia adds spring colour
 
Boronia adds spring colour +
 
Textures and views at the end of the 248 trail
 
Textures and views at the end of the 248 trail +
 
Near the end of the 248 trail
 
Near the end of the 248 trail +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the 248 Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the 248 Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the 248 Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the 248 Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 8km
Time 3 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 3.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 600m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 3.5km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 600m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 4.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 4.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
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(0 km) Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail to Ironbark Rd picnic area
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.7 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 88 m Descent = -19 m
Starting from the car park at the end of the 'Pipeline Trail', the walk follows the gravel Ironbark Rd south, initially keeping the 'Pipeline Trail' gate to your left (not following the 'Pipeline Trail'). The gravel road passes between some houses with prominent 'private property' signs so stick to the road along here. The walk eventually comes to the car park and picnic area at the end of the road. Vehicles with reasonable ground clearance could be driven along this section, to the car park at the end of the road.

Ironbark Rd Picnic area Alt = 280 m
This picnic area is located at the end of Ironbark Rd, on the edge of Popran National Park. While this is not a special spot for a picnic, there are good facilities if you are doing a walk in the area. There is a picnic table, pit toilet (with a small rainwater tank for handwashing), information signs and track arrows at this point. Some of the tracks starting from this point are also horse trails. A section of Ironbark Rd may not be suitable for 2WD vehicles so you may have to walk the last section of road.

(1.7 km) Ironbark Rd picnic area to Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 309 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk passes around a gate and follows the management trail down the hill and soon arrives at the intersection marked with 'Mt Olive' and the '248 Trail'.

(2.01 km) Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail to Top of Mt Olive
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 211 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Mt Olive' arrow along the management trail for a very short distance before reaching an intersection with a bush track signposted for 'Mt Olive'.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Mt Olive' signpost along the bush track. The walk meanders for a while before reaching an intersection with another bush track.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track steeply up the hill and soon arrives at the top of Mt Olive.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Mt Olive Alt = 300 m
Mt Olive is a low rising hill in Popran National Park. The views from the top, across the surrounding national park, in all directions, are very nice. The nice cliffs around the base of Mt Olive also add to the scenery. There are the remnants of a couple of old trig points at the top.

(2.01 km) Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail to End of 248 Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.13 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -83 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the '248 Trail' arrow along the management trail. The trail meanders for a while and descends gently before passing through the signposted 'Donovans Forest'. After climbing from 'Donovans Forest' and meandering a little further, the trail arrives at the signposted intersection of the 'Hominy Creek Trail' and the '248 Trail'.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the '248 Trail' arrow along the overgrown management trail, going gently up the hill. The track ends at a large rocky outcrop which is interesting to explore and has some nice views.

End of 248 Trail lookout Alt = 243 m
This informal lookout is located at the end of the 248 trail in Popran National Park. The lookout offers some nice views into the surrounding valleys. The rocky outcrops in the area have some nice shapes and textures. Be careful to avoid damaging some faint Aboriginal carvings on these rocks.

Drive from Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 13.7 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 14.9 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 14.9 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 19 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs Homemakers Supa Centre Cnr Wyong Rd & Bryant Drv , Tuggerah (02) 4353 4335 22.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to 248 Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from 248 Track
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 12 km (to the SE)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 25 km (to the E)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 27 km (to the S)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
41 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 53 km (to the SSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Popran National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Popran National Park is divided into 5 main section and sits north of the Hawkesbury River between Dharug NP and the Sydney-Newcastle freeway. The park protects many creeks, Aboriginal sites, some shore line of the Hawkesbury, interesting rock formationtions and a diverse range of flora and fauna. One of the five section is closed to the public and walking is more popular in the larger of the five. Walking during spring will reward you with many wildflowers, warmer days are great for enjoying the refreshing water holes.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Popran National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Hominy Creek walking track temporary closure
Hominy Creek walking track is temporarily closed to visitors due to erosion and poor condition following extreme weather. The walking track will remain closed until maintenance work can be completed. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on (02) 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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