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Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley
Time: 4 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: 10.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 10.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Popran National Park
Climb: 492 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 492 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: Hard

This walk, mostly in Popran National Park, passes through a great variety of scenery and beautiful views. The early part of the walk, along a ridgetop, is through relatively dry forest with some great views, while the steep but beautiful descent to Glenworth Valley is through moist, fern filled forest. The cafe at Glenworth Valley is open on weekends. There is also an optional sidetrip for some nice views from Mt Olive. (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 Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley
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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 bush track and Glenworth Valley track
Int of Glenworth Valley track and Wilderness 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
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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 +
 
Walking in Popran National Park
 
Walking in Popran National Park +

 
The turnoff for Mt Olive
 
The turnoff for Mt Olive +
 
The track to Mt Olive
 
The track to Mt Olive +
 
A boulder by the track
 
A boulder by the track +

 
The track climbing to Mt Olive
 
The track climbing to Mt Olive +
 
Atop Mt Olive
 
Atop Mt Olive +
 
Cliff face at Mt Olive
 
Cliff face at Mt Olive +

 
Bush track near Mt Olive
 
Bush track near Mt Olive +
 
Walking near Mt Olive
 
Walking near Mt Olive +
 
Along the trail above Glenworth Valley
 
Along the trail above Glenworth Valley +

 
Boronia Pinnata wildflowers in Popran National Park
 
Boronia Pinnata wildflowers in Popran National Park +
 
Views over Glenworth Valley
 
Views over Glenworth Valley +
 
Between the rocks
 
Between the rocks +

 
Nice rock outcrops in Popran National Park
 
Nice rock outcrops in Popran National Park +
 
A patch of green
 
A patch of green +
 
Grasstrees above Glenworth Valley
 
Grasstrees above Glenworth Valley +

 
Decay and recycling
 
Decay and recycling +
 
Along the ridgetop
 
Along the ridgetop +
 
Ferns on the descent to Glenworth Valley
 
Ferns on the descent to Glenworth Valley +

 
Interesting capstone
 
Interesting capstone +
 
Beautiful walking near Glenworth Valley
 
Beautiful walking near Glenworth Valley +
 
Around the rock
 
Around the rock +

 
Trail through the ferns
 
Trail through the ferns +
 
Horses at Glenworth Valley
 
Horses at Glenworth Valley +
 
Riding in Glenworth Valley
 
Riding in Glenworth Valley +

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 Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley 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 10km
Time 4 hrs 15 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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
2.9km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.2km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (25m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (120m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
2.8km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 2km is clearly signposted. The remaining (300m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2.8km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.2km 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 Mt Olive bush track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 335 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -11 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'.
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'.

(2.03 km) Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track to Int of Mt Olive bush track and Glenworth Valley track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 123 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
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.

(2.15 km) Int of Mt Olive bush track and Glenworth Valley track to Top of Mt Olive
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 62 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -1 m
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 veer 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.

(2.15 km) Int of Mt Olive bush track and Glenworth Valley track to Glenworth Valley
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 2.9 km Time = 1 hr 3 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -313 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track steeply down the hill, directly away from the top of Mt Olive. The walk follows the bush track for a long distance, through a beautiful variety of terrain and vegetation. The first section of the walk is along, or close to, the ridge line with some great views. The later section of the walk drops, steeply at times, into Glenworth Valley and is through more moist, fern covered forest. Take the sharp right fork beside a rock with a large 'capstone' to avoid a steeper section of the track. The scenery is beautiful on the descent. Ignore the bush track to the right when the walk passes through a gap in a fence, and follow the bush track straight ahead. The walk then comes to an intersection with the 'Wilderness Trail' horse riding trail on the edge of a large grassy clearing at the Glenworth Valley horse riding centre.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the horse riding trail down the hill and immediately bends to the right, toward the clearly visible main buildings of the Glenworth Valley horse riding centre. The walk soon arrives at Popran Rd beside the buildings.

Glenworth Valley Horse Riding and Outdoor Adventures Alt = 17 m
The Glenworth Valley Horse Riding and Outdoor Adventure Centre is located at 69 Cooks Rd, Peats Ridge, NSW. Activities include Horse riding, Kayaking, Quad biking, Abseiling and camping. The Café is open on weekends and vending machines for drinks and snacks are available every day. There are toilets at the cafe. If you are walking to or from Glenworth Valley, keep in mind that it is private property and take care around the horses. Phone on (02) 4375 1222. More info

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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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 Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley
Click to re-center search
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.


Walker Feedback

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David Fisher IP:121.210.176.xxx | 2014-07-05 11:03:58
Lovely area, but the "gap in the fence" now has criss-crossed tape over it, presumably to discourage entry into Glenworth Valley (is it private property?)
Frederick Botha - Mr IP:139.218.228.xxx | 2014-09-13 11:17:58
Just did a camping expedition with a boys high school and had to walk groups of +-40 year 8 boys in and out of Glenworth Valley. The walk is truely beautiful, some challenging sections but most of it is fairly easy. We (myself, another instructor, 2 teachers, and 40 boys) managed to complete this thoroughly enjoyable walk in 2 - 2.5 hours with a 20 min morning/afternoon tea included. Some parts of the walk are slightly overgrown with prickly and rather itchy bush. I suggest wearing long pants to protect your legs. We didn't encounter any criss-cross tape.
Jason Garrett IP:58.179.6.xxx | 2014-12-31 06:17:39
Careful not to go pipeline trail which in on ironbark road. That walk is brutal 500m 60° hills. Next time we will keep driving down iron bark road and get as close as possible to big rocky road.
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