4 hrs 15 mins
(0km) Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail → Ironbark Rd picnic area
Ironbark Rd Picnic area
(1.7km) Ironbark Rd picnic area → Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail
(2.01km) Int of Mt Olive trail and 248 Trail → Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail
(3.54km) Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail → End of 248 Trail
End of 248 Trail lookout
(3.54km) Int of Hominy Creek Trail and 248 Trail → No Horses signpost
(4.01km) No Horses signpost → Hominy Creek crossing
(5.24km) Hominy Creek crossing → Emerald Pool
(5.36km) Emerald Pool → End of Hominy Creek management trail
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk crosses the creek and follows the ‘Hominy Creek Track’ arrow up the hill (from the opposite side of the creek to the Emarald Pool track). The walk climbs and meanders for a while before reaching the end of a management trail, signposted with ‘Hominy Creek Track’, ‘No horses beyond this point’ and others.
(5.83km) End of Hominy Creek management trail → Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Carpark 2.7km’ arrow along the management trail, going up the hill. The walk climbs gently and meanders for some distance, offering nice views along the way, before arriving at an intersection with a bush track (signposted ‘Mt Olive’).
(8.78km) Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track → Top of Mt Olive
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track steeply up the hill and soon arrives at the top of Mt Olive. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn right.
(8.78km) Int of Mt Olive trail and Mt Olive bush track → Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail past the ‘Way Out’ signpost and immediately bends to the right. The walk soon passes around a gate and arrives at the car park.
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk follows the road, passing some ‘private property’ and eventually arrives at another car park at the end of the signposted ‘Pipeline Track’.
Maps for the Emerald Pool circuit from Ironbark Rd walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Gunderman||1:25 000 Map Series||91313S GUNDERMAN||NSW-91313S|
|Mangrove||1:25 000 Map Series||91313N MANGROVE||NSW-91313N|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||4 hrs 15 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.2km is very steep. Whilst another 940m has short steep hills and the remaining 25m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.2km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (590m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4km is clearly signposted.
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.3km requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 9km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
A very nice walk to a viewpoint on top of Mt Olive, in Popran National Park. The walk passes through nice forest, and offers good views over Popran National Park from the top of Mt Olive. If you have a car with good ground clearance, you could drive to the picnic area, making the walk shorter.
Total climbing: 151m
4.4 km Return
8.3 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
This walk, mostly in Popran National Park, passes through a great variety of scenery and beautiful views. The early part of the walk, along a ridgetop, is through relatively dry forest with some great views, while the steep but beautiful descent to Glenworth Valley is through moist, fern filled forest. The cafe at Glenworth Valley is open on weekends. There is also an optional sidetrip for some nice views from Mt Olive.
Total climbing: 492m
10.1 km Return
4 hrs 15 mins
Other Nearby walks
Starting with a walk through the streets of urban Somerbsy, you soon leave the farms and head into Palm Grove Nature Reserve. First you will follow the signposted track down the open dry ridge to the dense rainforest. In this valley you can explores the moist rainforest with towering Eucalypts, Strangler Fig trees, Cabbage Palms and a tangle of vines. From here walk up the rocky track to another dry ridge, where you can follow a side trip to a flat clearing and designated campsite. From near the campsite the track winds down through another moist forest and past more Cabbage Palms before coming to the signposted Ourimbah Valley Trackhead on Ourimbah Creek Road.
Total climbing: 194m
6 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Somersby General Store and winds north, through the Jilliby State Conservation Area, and finishes at the corner of Greta Road and Cherry Lane. At just under 20km, this full day walk explores the Palm Grove, Hidden Valley and Ourimba Creek tracks, winding around the Tuggerah Lake field archery range and following the outside edge of a farming property.
Total climbing: 924m
21.1 km One way
This three day walk starts at the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk, heading north, into the the Jilliby State Conservation Area where the first nights campsite is at Stringy Bark Point. The walk continues north, out of the Conservation Area, to Yarramalong for the second night, and further north into the Olney State Forest, finishing at the Basin Campsite.
Total climbing: 2032m
47.4 km One way
This section of the Great North Walk starts form the Somersby General Store and follows the Great North Walk north into the Jilliby State Conservation Area to Stringy Bark Point campsite. On day two, the walk continues north through the forest and around the back of some farmland to Cherry Lane, and along the Bumble Hill Dray track, to Yarramalong village.
Total climbing: 1201m
26.7 km One way
This walk from the Banksia picnic area, to the Strickland Falls, includes a fantastic variety of forest scenery. The falls themselves are often just a trickle, although the scenery in the area makes the walk well worthwhile. The cliff lines and boulders around the falls are interesting and there are pockets of rainforest in the shaded valleys, dominated by cabbage palm trees.
Total climbing: 87m
1.7 km Return
This excellent loop walk combines the Strickland Falls and Cabbage Tree loop walks. The walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia Picnic Area and soon descends into lush green rainforest remnants, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. The walk includes some great scenery along the base of the cliff line and around the falls, although the falls themselves are often just a trickle. A great way to see some of the beautiful scenery of the Strickland State Forest.
Total climbing: 221m
3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
A beautiful walk from the Banksia picnic area. This walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest, typical of the hilltops in the area, and descends to areas of lush forest, filled with cabbage tree palms and ferns. Some interesting boulder outcrops and the great variety of vegetation just add to the scenery on this excellent walk.
Total climbing: 115m
1.7 km Circuit
An excellent walk, spending much of its time in the shaded, rainforest-filled valleys of the Strickland State Forest. From the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia picnic area, the walk soon descends into moist forest, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. You could make this a return walk by retracing your steps, or make it a circuit walk by returning to the Banksia picnic area via the road.
Total climbing: 58m
2.2 km One way
A loop walk with plenty of excellent scenery. The walk starts in the dry eucalypt forest around the Banksia Picnic Area and soon descends into lush green rainforest remnants, filled with ferns and cabbage tree palms. The walk includes some great scenery along the base of the cliff line and around the falls, although the falls themselves are often just a trickle. A great walk to experience a slice of the beautiful scenery of the Strickland State Forest.
Total climbing: 133m
1.8 km Circuit
A grand tour of the Strickland State Forest. This great walk covers most of the established walking tracks in Strickland and enjoys much of the excellent scenery available in the area. Plenty of time is spent in the lush green, rainforest-filled valleys, and there is some really nice boulder and cliff scenery along the way. A loop through the old arboretum adds further interest to the walk.
Total climbing: 402m
8.1 km Circuit
3 hrs 30 mins
This short walk starts from the Somersby Falls picnic area and follows the series of waterfalls along Floods Creek. The picnic area provides barbeques, picnic tables, toilets and ample parking. This walk could make part of a great family day out in the area. The main falls drop onto a large rock platform and are best viewed after rain.
Total climbing: 39m
426 m Return
A very nice walk through a mixture of native (regrowth) forest and one of Australia’s oldest arboretums. The arboretum has both native and exotic trees, with the plantings dating from 1887-1924. This walk takes you along some of the rainforest-clad creeks of Strickland State Forest, before crossing a small suspension bridge and looping through the arboretum with its stands of huge Hoop Pines, Bunya Pines and others.
Total climbing: 45m
2.3 km Circuit
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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