A park with picnic tables, shady areas, a walking trail and barbecue facilities welcomes you at Kitchener Poppethead.

Quorrobolong Road, Kitchener

Located 5 kilometres south of the town of Cessnock, Poppethead Reserve is classified as a Regional Park in the Cessnock local government area. The site is the historic Poppethead of the Aberdare Central Colliery at Kitchener, near Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley. The dam is also a remnant of our mining history, and is now home to a variety of wildlife including mallards, black swans, native wood ducks and red bills. There are public toilets with disabled access onsite as well as BBQ facilities.


Aberdare Central Colliery was in the Parish of Cessnock, situated West of Aberdare South Colliery, East of Bellbird Colliery and South of Aberdare East Colliery covering an area of 1926 acres.  The Aberdare Central Colliery lease commenced on Monday 26th October 1914. Access to the Aberdare Central Colliery itself was provided by two circular shafts, located about 80 yards apart. Each shaft was 18 feet in diameter and were down to a depth of 1175 feet. The most visible feature of a mine shaft is the headframe (or winding tower, poppet head or pit head) which stands above the shaft.

In 1914, the mine employed 93 people; four years later it employed 287. In July 1943, a large fire caused the mine to close for 12 months. The mine was closed in November 1961. The coal holding lease is still retained by Coal and Allied Limited.


  • There is a 1.2km walk around the lake at the park called the Poppethead Dam Walk. Starting at the picnic area facing the dam, turn right, and follow the track around the dam. All around the dam is magnificent dam views, and an enjoyable bushwalking experience over some board walks. This should take 20 mins
  • There is a second 5km walk, called the Poppethead Bushwalk. Starting at the picnic area facing the dam, turn right, and follow the track until you reach a four-way crossroad, taking a left. Take the first left after this, cross over the creek bed, keep walking onwards, a white sign will direct you to your left. Keep straight until a small brick building can be seen. Follow the track to the left back to the start.

Dogs are welcome on leash.

Please be self aware of bike and horse riders who also regularly use these tracks.