I parked at Kantandra at the end of Kantandra street.
I followed the track to Seymour Pond, which was pretty. I then followed the Waterman track through rainforest skirting the various water flows to Seymour Pond. This walk was easy and very calming.
The track lead upwards towards St Johns Lookout. I didn't go to the lookout but followed the track around the base of the cliffs below the lookout. The cliffs were high and overhanging in some places. very spectacular.
I eventually joined up with Graves Track which lead back to the parking area.
The walk took just about two and half hours.
Mangrove Creek is next to Popran NP. I checked it out the other day before a walk and it looked good with a good launch/parking spot near junction of Mangrove Creek and another creek.
I decided to kayak up Popran Creek into Wentworth Valley. I couldn't find a good launch/parking spot due to mangroves or step banks. I drove back to mty original site but there were a couple of guys there launchiung and going downriver son I decided to go upriver.
It was a hard paddle as the tide was against me both ways.
It was a pretty paddle with cattle drinking at the water's edge and a few birds sunning in the overhanging trees.
I had collected some maps for mountain biking on the Central Coast. This ride was labelled as easy. Still, there were some steep sections, loose rocks and mud.
At the bottom of a few runs there were pools of mud. I went through a few and decided to take one of them at speed as i was feeling more confident. All the other pools were very shallow but this one was a foot deep. Consequently, the spray soaked me but luckily, I didn't come off.
I set the GPS for Ironbark Road.The road was labeled sealed and unsealed but the last 200 metres were 4w drive to national park car park.
The day was sunny but strong wind was predicted. The wind increased through the walk but it wasn’t a problem.
The planned walk entailed Mount Olive, Emerald pool and Donovan’s forest.
The walk started as a trail with a variety of wild flowers growing along the edges. The bottlebrushes were in full bloom in shades of red and yellow.
Turning off the trail, I followed the track to Mount Olive. It was an easy climb with a nice view over the national park.
Returning along the track, I followed the trail to the turnoff for Emerald Pool. This was fun track that ran beside a small creek that skirted to Hominy Creek. Hominy Creek had a flow of water running over sandstone. In parts it funneled, formed small pools or cascaded widely over the sandstone.
A track leads down 50 metres to Emerald Pool. It was a very pretty sight. The pool is a light green and deep. I thought about a swim but he water was icy cold. I sat down on a sunny slab of sandstone and enjoyed the serenity.
I backtracked a short distance, then followed the track to trail 248. At junction of the tracks I took the trail to the carpark via Donovan’s Forest. The forest in contrast with the surrounding area of open bush to a shaded forest that was floored with bracken fern that swayed in the breeze.
I continued along the trail to the carpark.
This walk would be better by cycling along the trails.
I launched at River Street, Wyong and paddled upriver.
I took a turnoff to the left that went under a low bridge. The creek was narrow with vegetation overhanging the banks. Along the way, I over landed it twice through blocked sections. The way back was great as the water was fast moving and there was a section of small rapids.
I don’t think this creek can normally be navigated by kayak but here had been a lot of rain of late which had raised the water level.