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248 trail is a 2.5km, grade 3 one way hike, located in the Popran National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.
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.
About the region
Popran National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Popran National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
To get there, from Sydney:Take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and exit at Calga onto Peats Ridge RoadAfter 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 trailFrom Newcastle:Take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and exit at Peats Ridge RoadAfter 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 Parking is available at the Ironbark picnic area.
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.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.