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248 trail

“The kids loved testing their bikes and themselves on this trail.”

Aptly named 248 trail because it's 248m above sea level, this is a fantastic trail for mountain biking, horse riding and walking. The ride is relatively short so it’s a great one for kids. If you need a break along the way, there are areas to rest and admire Ironbark Creek and the surrounding forests.

Starting with dry open woodland, it soon transforms into a forest of ironbarks and imposing blue gums. Keep your eyes open for wildlife among the trees – you are bound to catch a glimpse of some of park’s many glossy black cockatoos, or even a honeyeater.

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Getting there

Getting there:

To get there, from Sydney:

  • Take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and exit at Calga onto Peats Ridge Road
  • After 13km, turn left onto Wisemans Ferry Road.
  • Continue a further 8km, and turn left onto Ironbark Road.
  • The trail starts 300m from the picnic area off Mount Olive trail

From Newcastle:

  • Take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and exit at Peats Ridge Road
  • After 10km, turn right onto George Downs Drive.
  • Turn left onto Wisemans Ferry Road, continue a further 8km, and then turn left onto Ironbark Road.
  • The trail starts 300m from the picnic area off Mount Olive trail

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at the Ironbark picnic area.

Important info

Distance:

2.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

2 hours each way

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • Horses are allowed on multi-use fire trails, such as 248 trail and Mount Olive trail.
  • If you’re mountain biking and you need to cross over a walking track (like Hominy Creek walking track to Emerald Pool), please dismount and carry your bicycle or leave it and continue on foot.
  • 248 track starts at Ironbark picnic area at the end of Ironbark Road. This area has a small dirt carpark and it’s not recommended for low-clearance 2WD vehicles.
  • You’ll need to bring drinking water as Ironbark picnic area only has tank water for washing hands
  • Tethering posts for horses are available

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248 Track, Popran National Park. Photo: John Yurasek