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248 Track
Darkinjung & Guringai country

2h 45 min to 3h 15 min

8.3km
return

↑ 237 m
↓ -237 m

Moderate track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Gate at the Popran Pipeline Track.
Along Ironbark Rd.
The Ironbark picnic area.
Facilities at Ironbark picnic area.
Horse access to Popran National Park.
Grasstree.
Walking in Popran National Park.
Atop Mt Olive.
A curve in the trail.
Donovans Forest.
Lookout at the end of the 248 trail.
Nice rock textures.
Boronia adds spring colour.
Textures and views at the end of the 248 trail.
Near the end of the 248 trail.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.

Getting There
Start At the intersection of Ironbark Road & Pipeline Trail (-33.3715915,151.1953003)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway, M1
  • Turn on to Peats Ridge Road Offramp then drive for 8.6km
  • Keep left onto Wisemans Ferry Road Exit and drive for another 235m
  • Keep right onto Wisemans Ferry Road Exit and drive for another 35m
  • Turn right onto Wisemans Ferry Road and drive for another 3km
  • Turn right onto George Downes Drive, 33 and drive for another 40m
  • Turn left onto Wisemans Ferry Road and drive for another 8.2km
  • Turn left onto Ironbark Road and drive for another 6.9km

Track Notes

Getting started
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.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of Ironbark Road & Pipeline Trail Start heading along Ironbark Road (a vehicle track).
After 970m pass the car park (7m on your left).
Continue straight
After another 720m continue straight, to head along Ironbark Road.
Then pass the toilet (10m on your left).
After another 7m pass a seat (5m on your left).
Then head through/around the gate.
Then find the Ironbark Rd Picnic area (6m on your left).
Ironbark Rd Picnic area
Ironbark Rd Picnic area

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.
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.

Then pass the sign (10m on your left).
Continue straight
After another 3m continue straight, to head along Mount Olive Trail.
An optional side trip to Top of Mt Olive. Details below.
Turn right
After another 305m (at the intersection of 248 Trail & Mount Olive Trail) turn right, to head along 248 Trail.
After another 350m (at the intersection of Mailman Walking Track (western) & 248 Trail) continue straight, to head along 248 Trail.
Veer right
After another 1.2km (at the intersection of 248 Trail & Hominy Creek Trail) veer right, to head along 248 Trail (a walking track).
The end
Continue another 610m to find the end.
End of 248 Trail lookout
End of 248 Trail lookout
End of 248 Trail lookout

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.
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.


An optional side trip to Top of Mt Olive.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start
At the intersection of 248 Trail & Mount Olive Trail heading along Mount Olive Trail (a vehicle track).
Veer left
After another 25m veer left.
Turn left
After another 120m turn left.
Turn around
After another 60m turn around.
Then pass the "Mount Olive" summit (15m on your left).
"Mt Olive" lookout
Mt Olive
Mt Olive

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.
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.

The end
The end.
Terrain

248 Track


AS 2156.1-2001 - Walking tracks Classification
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 8.3km
Time 2h 45 min to 3h 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.7km from the start.

Seat: There is one 1.7km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.7km
Ironbark Rd Picnic area
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.
Mt Olive
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.
End of 248 Trail lookout
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.

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