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Popran National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Popran National Park.

Getting there and parking

From Sydney:

  • Take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway
  • Exit at Calga onto Peats Ridge Road.
  • After 13km turn left into Wisemans Ferry Road
  • After a further 8km turn left into Ironbark Road.

From Newcastle:

  • Take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway
  • Exit at Peats Ridge Road
  • After 10km turn right into George Downs Drive
  • Turn left into Wisemans Ferry Road
  • After a further 8km turn left into Ironbark Road


Road quality

4WD to the Ironbark picnic area. Visitors in 2WD vehicles will need to park and leave their vehicle 600m from the Ironbark picnic area.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads require 4WD vehicle

By bike

Check out the Bicycle Information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website or NSW country transport info website

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

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

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).



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.

Popran National Park


Nearby towns

Peats Ridge (20 km)

Located on the NSW Central Coast, just north of Hawkesbury River, Peats Ridge is close to Popran National Park, where you can enjoy a spot of bushwalking, cycling, river fishing and paddling, and explore the Aboriginal history of the area.

Gosford (39 km)

Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

Sydney City Centre (90 km)

No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.