Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley

Download & Print Map and Notes

4 hrs 15 mins

10.1 km Return

492 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley

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.

Length 10.1 km
Time 4 hrs 15 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
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


2.9km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.2km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (25m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

2.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (120m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


2.8km of this walk has minimal directional signs and another 2km is clearly signposted. The remaining (300m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 2.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.2km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 2.8km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.3km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 2.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Ironbark Rd to Glenworth Valley walk starts and ends at the Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail (gps: -33.37159, 151.19528)
Your main transport option to Int of Ironbark Rd and Popran Pipeline Trail is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂