Mt Olive
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

1 h 45 min to 2 h

4.5 km
return

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Hard track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Gate at the Popran Pipeline Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Along Ironbark Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Ironbark picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Facilities at Ironbark picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Horse access to Popran National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Ant nest after the feast. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grasstree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Walking in Popran National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The turnoff for Mt Olive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track to Mt Olive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Boulder beside the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track climbing to Mt Olive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The view from Mt Olive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Atop Mt Olive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Old trig point on Mt Olive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.3715915,151.1953003)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Wisemans Ferry Road
  • Turn on to Ironbark Road then drive for 6.9 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from the car park at the end of the 'Pipeline Trail', the walk follows the gravel Ironbark Rd south, initially keeping the 'Pipeline Trail' gate to your left (not following the 'Pipeline Trail'). The gravel road passes between some houses with prominent 'private property' signs so stick to the road along here. The walk eventually comes to the car park and picnic area at the end of the road. Vehicles with reasonable ground clearance could be driven along this section, to the car park at the end of the road.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 1.7 km to find the car park.
Then pass the toilet (10 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass a seat (5 m on your left).
Then find the "Ironbark Rd Picnic area" (10 m on your left).
Ironbark Rd Picnic area
Ironbark Rd Picnic area

This picnic area is located at the end of Ironbark Rd, on the edge of Popran National Park. While this is not a special spot for a picnic, there are good facilities if you are doing a walk in the area. There is a picnic table, pit toilet (with a small rainwater tank for handwashing), information signs and track arrows at this point. Some of the tracks starting from this point are also horse trails. A section of Ironbark Rd may not be suitable for 2WD vehicles so you may have to walk the last section of road.
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This picnic area is located at the end of Ironbark Rd, on the edge of Popran National Park. While this is not a special spot for a picnic, there are good facilities if you are doing a walk in the area. There is a picnic table, pit toilet (with a small rainwater tank for handwashing), information signs and track arrows at this point. Some of the tracks starting from this point are also horse trails. A section of Ironbark Rd may not be suitable for 2WD vehicles so you may have to walk the last section of road.

Then pass the sign (15 m on your left).
After another 295 m turn left.
After another 25 m veer left.
After another 120 m turn left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Mt Olive lookout for stunning views over the area. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 60 m turn left.
After another 15 m pass the "Mount Olive" (on your left).
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.2 km to get back to the start.
A viewpoint.

Side trip to Mt Olive lookout for stunning views over the area.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m come to the end.
A viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.
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Mt Olive


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 4.5 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 2 h
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 1.7 km from the start.

Seat: There is one 1.7 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
1.7 km[toilet]
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