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248 trail

Popran National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about 248 trail.

Getting there and parking

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


Parking is available at the Ironbark picnic area.

Best times to visit

Weather conditions are usually quite moderate in Popran National Park. In summer, however, in summer the temperature can climb above 30C. With its pleasant climate and year-round beauty, any time is a good time to visit Popran National Park.


Go walking along the Emerald Pool Loop to see fantastic wildflower displays.


Enjoy a relaxing day exploring the edges of the southern section of the park by boat, canoe or kayak to discover hidden fishing spots.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


23°C and 27°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


17°C and 22°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month

February and March

Driest month

June and July

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



  • Horses are allowed on multi-use fire trails, such as 248 trail and Mount Olive trail.
  • Tethering posts for horses are available.



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

248 trail

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