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Starting at Ironbark picnic area, Mount Olive trail is the ideal way to see magnificent views of Glenworth Valley and Popran National Park. Whether you're walking, mountain biking or horse riding, the songs of kookaburras and black cockatoos will encourage you along the way.
Once you're on the trail, you can take a short detour to Mount Olive lookout - although this is not a long walk, it's a steep climb as you approach the summit. But once you're there, take a deep breath, and enjoy the superb views over surrounding forests and distant ridgelines. The trail continues past Mount Olive for 3.5 km for more spectacular views over Hawkesbury River.
About the region
Popran National Park on the NSW central coast protects Aboriginal sites and offers great walking, kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding and fishing.
Take a step back in time and visit the incredible Popran National Park. From hiking to mountain biking, and horse riding to fishing, there’s plenty to do in this iconic Australian setting.
Boasting 4km of Hawkesbury river foreshore, you can paddle through the mangroves, enjoy a spot of fishing and smell the coastal banksia. The park is steeped in Aboriginal heritage so you can’t help but get in touch with the history of the land.
Popran National Park, on the Central Coast, is just an hour and a half north of Sydney, so it makes for an excellent daytrip or weekend getaway.
From Sydney, take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and exit at Calga onto Peats Ridge Road. After 13km, turn left onto Wisemans Ferry Road and after 8km, turn left onto Ironbark Road.From Newcastle, take the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and exit at Peats Ridge Road. After 10km, turn right onto George Downs Drive and turn left onto Wisemans Ferry Road. After a further 8km, turn left onto Ironbark Road. Parking Parking is available at Ironbark picnic area.
If you're mountain biking and you need to cross over a walking track, please dismount and carry your bicycle or leave it and continue on foot.
Mount Olive trail 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.