Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite


3 Days

47.8 km One way

2390 m

Very experienced only
This tough, three day walk descends from Katoomba to the peaceful Megalong Valley. It uses the Six Foot Track to navigate its way down to the Cox’s River from where it returns to Katoomba via Dunphy’s campsite and Narrowneck. The walk has some stunning panoramas which are complemented by the close-up views over the Cox’s River and Katoomba cliffs. These notes are now several years old, and the environment will have changed, This walk is only for people comfortable walking off track, dealing with cliff passes and steep terrain in remote areas.* This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

Maps for the Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite 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.
Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series Six Foot Track NSW-six-foot-track
Hampton 1:25 000 Map Series 89304S HAMPTON NSW-89304S
Jenolan 1:25 000 Map Series 89303N JENOLAN NSW-89303N
Jamison 1:25 000 Map Series 89302N JAMISON NSW-89302N
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite

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 47.8 km
Time 3 Days
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Grade 6/6



Very experienced only
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep exposed rock scrambling and climbing (6/6)
Quality of track Off track (no visible track at times) (6/6)
Signs No directional signs (5/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk

Gradient

28km of this walk has short steep hills, 9km has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 8km is very steep. Whilst another 1.5km section of this walk is flat with no steps and a 550m is very steep with difficult rock scrambles. The remaining 95m is very steep with exposed rock scrambles and climbing.

Quality of track

21km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 20km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and a 1.3km section follows a rough unclear track. The remaining 95m follows a known route where there is no visible track.

Signs

27km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 13km is clearly signposted. Whilst another 7km has minimal directional signs and the remaining 1.4km Has no directional signs.

Experience Required

20km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 15km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. Whilst another 13km requires some bushwalking experience and the remaining 95m requires a leader with a high level of bushwalking experience.

weather

29km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation) and another 18km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety. Whilst another 720m is affected by forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather events that may impact on navigation and safety and the remaining 95m forecast, unforecast storms and severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure

21km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 14km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (12km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite walk starts at the Explorers Tree (gps: -33.70397, 150.29126)
Your transport options to Explorers Tree are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)



The Cox’s River return via Dunphy’s campsite ends at the Scenic World (gps: -33.728585, 150.30095)
Your transport options to Scenic World are by;
Bus. (get details)
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 Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts

Comments

 


Short URL = http://wild.tl/c


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 :)