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Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd
Time: 4 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.1 km SSW of Peats Ridge
Length: 10.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 10.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Popran National Park
Climb: 344 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 344 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

A great circuit walk in Popran National Park, to the beautiful Emerald Pool. This walk passes through a variety of vegetation and offers some great views along the way. Emerald Pool is a really beautiful spot and it is well worth spending some time exploring around the creek. The optional side trips along the 248 trail and to Mt Olive, add to the great views on the walk. If your car has reasonable ground clearance, you could drive to the 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 Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd
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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 Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail
Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail
No Horses signpost
Hominy Creek crossing
Emerald Pool
Hominy Creek crossing
End of Hominy Creek management trail
Int of Hominy Creek trail and Mt Olive 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 Mt Olive bush track
Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail
Ironbark Rd picnic area
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)

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Photo Gallery

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

 
The Ironbark picnic area
 
The 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 +
 
A curve in the trail
 
A curve in the trail +
 
Through the trees
 
Through the trees +

 
Donovans Forest
 
Donovans Forest +
 
Casuarinas in Donovans Forest
 
Casuarinas in Donovans Forest +
 
Beware
 
Beware +

 
Greenery along the track
 
Greenery along the track +
 
Beautiful wildflowers
 
Beautiful wildflowers +
 
Burnt but still standing
 
Burnt but still standing +

 
Swampy ground along the Hominy creek trail
 
Swampy ground along the Hominy creek trail +
 
Signpost on the Hominy creek trail
 
Signpost on the Hominy creek trail +
 
Along the trail
 
Along the trail +

 
Stepping up
 
Stepping up +
 
Interesting tree trunks
 
Interesting tree trunks +
 
Hominy creek
 
Hominy creek +

 
Emerald Pool from above the cascades
 
Emerald Pool from above the cascades +
 
Cascades leading into the Emerald Pool
 
Cascades leading into the Emerald Pool +
 
Beautiful colour of Emerald Pool
 
Beautiful colour of Emerald Pool +

 
Emerald Pool
 
Emerald Pool +
 
Rock texture near Emerald Pool
 
Rock texture near Emerald Pool +
 
Emerald Pool
 
Emerald Pool +

 
Rock outcrop by the track
 
Rock outcrop by the track +
 
Trail near Hominy creek
 
Trail near Hominy creek +
 
Around the trees
 
Around the trees +

 
Walking through Popran
 
Walking through Popran +
 
Nice sunset over Popran National Park
 
Nice sunset over Popran National Park +
 
The turnoff for Mt Olive
 
The turnoff for Mt Olive +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd 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 11km
Time 4 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.2km is very steep. Whilst another 940m has short steep hills and the remaining 25m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (590m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.3km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 9km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


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 Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.54 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -75 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'.

(3.54 km) Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail to End of 248 Trail
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 597 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -8 m
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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

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.

(3.54 km) Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail to No Horses signpost
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 464 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -7 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Hominy Creek Trail' arrow along the management trail until arriving at the 'No horses beyond this point' signpost, where the increasingly overgrown management trail becomes a bush track.

(4 km) No Horses signpost to Hominy Creek crossing
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.24 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -96 m
Continue straight: From the signpost, the walk follows the bush track leaving the signpost behind and to the right. This section of the walk descends gently passing through more swampy ground before dropping more steeply to arrive at the intersection of the 'Hominy Creek Track' and the 'Emerald Pool' track, beside Hominy Creek.

(5.24 km) Hominy Creek crossing to Emerald Pool
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 111 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -8 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Emerald Pool' arrow along the bush track, keeping the creek to the left. The walk soon arrives at the beautiful Emerald Pool.

Emerald Pool Alt = 131 m
Emerald Pool is a beautiful spot on Hominy Creek in Popran National Park. This deep pool has crystal clear water with an emerald/green tinge. There is a nice little cascade falling into the pool and it is a great spot for lunch while doing one of the walks in the area.

(5.35 km) Emerald Pool to End of Hominy Creek management trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 475 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -1 m
Turn around: From the Emerald Pool, the walk follows the bush track, keeping the creek to the right, for a short distance before arriving at an intersection with another bush track at a creek crossing.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the creek and follows the 'Hominy Creek Track' arrow up the hill (from the opposite side of the creek to the Emarald Pool track). The walk climbs and meanders for a while before reaching the end of a management trail, signposted with 'Hominy Creek Track', 'No horses beyond this point' and others.

(5.83 km) End of Hominy Creek management trail to Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.95 km Time = 1 Hr
Climb = 137 m Descent = -31 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail up the hill and arrives at an intersection with the 'Mt Olive Trail'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Carpark 2.7km' arrow along the management trail, going up the hill. The walk climbs gently and meanders for some distance, offering nice views along the way, before arriving at an intersection with a bush track (signposted 'Mt Olive').

(8.78 km) Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track to Top of Mt Olive
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 185 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: 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 right 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.

(8.78 km) Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track to Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,road
Length = 2.03 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -98 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail gently up the hill, leaving the 'Mt Olive' signpost on the right. After a very short distance the trail arrives at the intersection signposted with 'Mt Olive' and the '248 Trail'.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail past the 'Way Out' signpost and immediately bends to the right. The walk soon passes around a gate and arrives at the car park.
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk follows the road, passing some 'private property' and eventually arrives at another car park at the end of the signposted 'Pipeline Track'.

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

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Driving Directions
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Drive from:
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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 Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd
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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
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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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Judy J IP:203.89.76.xxx | 2010-09-15 04:28:51
Great website! I'm grateful to find the information needed to walk the Emerald Pool circuit and the 248 lookout side walk.

The spring blossoms were wonderful, especially the waratahs. I'm from interstate so I'd never seen them before. They are stunning. [We visited mid-September.]

The Emerald Pool was beautiful too. My family really enjoyed the walk.

I *was* able to make it up to the Ironbark picnic area in my 12 year old Barina (laden with 3 adults + a toddler), but I wouldn't have attempted it if I hadn't had prior 4WD experience. The track is sandy, not rocky, so even though my car scraped its underside a bit, it appears to be fine. It's nice that the website includes the length and difficulty of the walk along Ironbark Rd to the picnic area for those who will not drive the track to the picnic area.

I look foward to doing more of the walks on this website. Thanks very much!
AlanM - Wild flowers specticular! IP:125.254.75.xxx | 2010-11-25 23:13:50
I did this walk a couple of times in September 2010. Loved it.

Video on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khyTydCBAMc
ColinM - My foolish error IP:121.44.245.xxx | 2011-01-11 14:38:56
Attempted this walk today, but by remarkable stupidity *took* the Poplan Pipeline track visible in the first photo in the photoset, instead of proceeding further along the unsignposted Ironbark Rd.

My fault - I should have checked that we were walking south, and not east.

First sign of something wrong - the pipeline track fairly dives into the Popran ck valley (extremely steep descent.) Second and definitive sign: the ford over a Popran Ck tributary.

Interestingly, the tributary was flowing backwards (away from Popran Ck, from left to right as we looked over it at the ford.) I attribute this to Popran flooding, which is kinda scary, considering that the tributary falls 20m to join the creek.

We turned around, trudged all the way back up the 150m descent, and gave up after investigating the Ironbark Rd a little further, in favour of milkshakes at Mangrove Mt shops (highly recommended.)

Will be trying this walk again, this time in the correct direction :) but would like to strongly advise people against repeating our error - the posted trail at the track head is *not* the trail to follow. Next time, I check my compass before plunging in.
admin - re: My foolish error Super Administrator | 2011-01-11 22:35:55
ColinM wrote:
Attempted this walk today, but by remarkable stupidity *took* the Poplan Pipeline track visible in the first photo in the photoset, instead of proceeding further along the unsignposted Ironbark Rd.

Bugger, sorry about that Colin, I hope your enjoyed the walk down to Popran Ck it is quiet nice too. I have updated the notes to say not to follow the pipeline trail, hopefully making it clearer for the next people. I kept the photo of the gate there as it is helpful for finding the start of the walk, so hopefully the notes will help people avoid the same mistake.
Hope the next walk goes more to plan. Thanks for the feedback.
Matt :)
ColinM - completed walk - lovely IP:121.44.57.xxx | 2011-01-18 13:08:34
Walked the walk today, with extensions (and some wandering around Mt Olive.)

Wonderful walk, very beautiful pool, and so well-placed for a mid-hike swim.

Couldn't find any carvings at the end of 428 ... found some around though, which added to the fun.

We'll definitely be taking scouts on this one. Thanks for the heads up!
Paige IP:120.22.215.xxx | 2012-11-21 04:42:47
its awesome so great i want to go back everyday really worth the walk
Chris IP:124.171.41.xxx | 2013-03-31 11:26:19
Did this walk in March 2013.
Hominy trail between 248 trail and Emerald Pool was closed due to erosion, so had to walk in and return via Mt Olive trail and eastern section of Hominy trail (which is suffering from erosion as well).
95% firetrail - quite exposed so would be pretty warm in summer.
Nice views and forest along the way, the pool is a lovely place for lunch and a swim.
Mt Olive detour is well worth it, especially around sunset.
Alex Portnoy - NPWS preparing for work on pat IP:49.176.68.xxx | 2013-05-06 14:57:27
The whole Hominy Track is not closed, despite the overbearing NPWS notice; only the eroded Western path has a Warning sign at the trackhead about erosion ahead, but even I was able to negotiate it with ease last Sunday.

It looks like NPWS has just unloaded a lot of materials, sand and wood pilings in bundles and big hessian bags, by helicopter, as you move up western path, about every 20 metres or so. Looks like there's a planby NPWS field staff to start repairing this path imminently.
Alex Portnoy - Water at Emerald Pool. IP:49.176.68.xxx | 2013-05-06 15:03:35
Be aware that the water is fresh and clean, but icy cold. Good for refreshing dip, as I did, but you don't want to stay in there too long you get hypothermia.

About 1.2 mtres deep.

Also, look out for the aboriginal carvings of a fish/shark/dugong, which can be seen on the next ledge where water cascades out of the Pool. Look carefully, or you'll miss it.

I also found a kangaroo engraving on the Ironbark trail, on a rock ledge in dense bush.
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