Six Foot Track
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Explorers Tree (Katoomba)
(0km) Explorers Tree → Six Foot Track Info Shelter
(0.27km) Six Foot Track Info Shelter → Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail
(0.81km) Int of 6 Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail → Norths Lookout
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track downhill towards the open views. After about 50m the track comes to the fenced and signposted ‘Norths Lookout’ with great views over Nellie’s Glen and into the valley. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Veer left.
(0.81km) Int of Six Foot Track and Norths Lookout Trail → Int at Lower Nellies Glen
(2.44km) Int at Lower Nellies Glen → Int of Nellies Glen Rd Trail and Devils Hole Trail
(4.42km) Int of Nellies Glen Rd Trail and Devils Hole Trail → Megalong Village site
Megalong Village (Historic)
(4.5km) Megalong Village site → Int Mitchells Creek and Nellies Glen Rd trails
(5.6km) Intersection of Medlow Gap Management Trail and 6 Foot Track → Megalong Ford
(7.09km) Megalong Ford → Int of Six Foot Track and Megalong Rd
Old Ford Reserve
(8.23km) Int of 6 Foot Track and Megalong Rd → Megalong Cemetery
Megalong Cemetery (historical)
(8.32km) Megalong Cemetery → Int Near Guyver Bridge
(9.09km) Int Near Guyver Bridge → Euroka back gate
(10.94km) Private Gate → Bowtells Bridge East
1 hr 25 mins
Bowtells Swing Bridge
(14.38km) Bowtells Swing Bridge → Coxs River Campsite
Continue straight: From the clearing and floodplain, this walk crosses the river that may flow in two or three sections across smooth and slippery rocks. This river becomes impassable when in flood, the river is normally only shin deep, if deeper consider using the swing bridge upstream. Once on the sandy beach on the far side, this walk follows the wide trail uphill for about 40m to the intersection marked with a ‘Six Foot Track’ sign, where the Coxs River Campsite is just up to the right. Now Veer right to rejoin the main walk .
(14.38km) Bowtells Swing Bridge → Bowtells Swing Bridge North
(14.51km) Bowtells Bridge West → Six Foot Track Lodge
Turn sharp right: From the intersection and clearing, this walk follows the ‘Camping Ground-500mtrs’ sign north up the timber steps. The track soon bends left and follows the side of the hill for about 130m to then head through a gate with a ‘Welcome’ sign. The walk continues along the clear track for another 70m to the intersection with the timber path just below the ‘Six Foot Track Lodge’.
Six Foot Track Lodge
(15.3km) Six Foot Track Lodge → Coxs River Campsite
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Camping Ground-200m’ sign gently down along wide trail. After about 230m the trail flattens out and passes below the main camping area marked with a ‘Coxs River Reserve’ sign. About 30m past here, this walk comes to a clear intersection with a dirt road marked with a ‘Six Foot Track’ sign.
Coxs River Campsite
End of day 1
(15.71km) Coxs River Campsite → Kiangatha Yards
1 hr 10 mins
(18.77km) Kiangatha Yards → Alum Creek Reserve
1 hr 14 mins
Continue straight: From beside the Mini Mini Saddle clearing, this walk follows the dirt road gently uphill along the side of the hill. The road leads past a open section of forest and starts to head downhill to pass a 6FT ’20km’ arrow post about 250m after leaving the clearing. Here the track leads downhill, moderately steeply in places for 900m where the road bends left around the edge of a grassy clearing. About 40m further down the road, this walk passes an intersection with the regenerating trail (on your right) and continues steeply downhill for just shy of 300m to turn left at the intersection at the other end of the regenerating trail. This walk continues more gently downhill along the dirt road for just over 350m until coming to the signposted (and gated) ‘Alum Creek Reserve’ (on your right).
Alum Creek Camping ground
(21.82km) Alum Creek Reserve → Int of Black Range Rd and Cronje Mtn Fire Trail
1 hr 32 mins
Continue straight: From here, this walk heads up through the Kiangatha Gate and continues walking fairly steeply uphill along the dirt road. After about 500m the road leads around a left hand hairpin bend then 150m later the road briefly flattens out beside a large flat clearing (on your left). The walk continues steeply uphill for 800m to walk past a ‘Drive with Caution Walkers On Road’ sign (facing away) to come to a Y-intersection with the signposted ‘Waterfall Creek Fire Trail’ (on your right).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow on the metal post quiet steeply uphill along the dirt road. After about 400m this walk passes a ’20km’ 6FT arrow post then about 150m later the road flattens out briefly to pass a clearing on the top of the ridge (on your left). The dirt road continues to wind fairly steeply uphill for another 700m with some distance views of the escarpment behind before passing around a sharp left hand hair pin bend. Just shy of 150m later this walk comes to a clearing at the top if Black Range, marked with a few 6FT signs and the intersection with the signposted ‘Cronje Mountain Fire Trail’.
(26.01km) Int. Black Range Rd and Cronje Mtn Fire Trail → Int. Black Range Rd and Moorara Boss Fire Trail
(28.06km) Int. Black Range Rd and Moorara Boss Fire Trail → Int. Black Range Rd and Warlock Fire Trail
(31.27km) Int. Black Range Rd and Warlock Fire Trail → Black Range Rd
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘6`t’ arrow on a metal post north west, uphill along the main dirt road. Soon the road leads up a short steep rise then leads more gently as it undulates along the ridge for 400m to pass straight ahead at an intersection marked with a metal ‘Kanangra Boyd National Park’ sign. This walk continues along the main dirt road for another 1.2km to pass a short trail (on your right, that leads into a clearing that has been used as a campsite). Here the dirt road continues gently uphill for 500m to find an intersection with a faint trail (on the left), just before the clearing and pine forest.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north and gently uphill along the main trail, towards the clearing. After about 80m the dirt road leads past a ‘Black Range Fire Trail’ sign then about 25m later comes to the edge of the clearing and intersection with another trail. Here the walk continues straight and gently up along the main dirt road for 400m as the road bends right to a T-intersection on the edge of the pine forest , marked with a ‘6`t’ metal arrow post.
(34.34km) Black Range Rd → Black Range Camping Ground
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Six Foot Track – Black Range Camping Ground’ sign gently downhill and some under power lines along the dirt road. After about 50m this walk heads past a ‘Drive With Caution Walkers On Road’ sign then another 50m later comes to an information sign in front of the ‘Black Range Camping Ground’ (on your right).
Black Range camping ground
End of day 2
(34.7km) Black Range Campsite → Int of 6 ft track and Jenolan Caves Rd
1 hr 5 mins
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 6FT arrow post gently downhill (south west) along the management trail through the tall wooded forest. After almost 200m this walk passes a ’10km’ 6FT arrow post then about 400m later the trail bends right and heads more steeply downhill for about 200m where the trail bends left to cross a ferny gully (the upper reaches if Bulls Creek). The walk continues along the trail heading uphill past a few more 6FT arrow posts for about 500m to a clearing at the top of the ridge. Here the trail bends and leads downhill through tall eucalypt forest with some pine trees for 250m to veer left at an intersection with a faint trail (on your right). The walk now continues up the moderately steep hill keeping the valley on the left for just shy of 300m to then head up a notably steeper section of trail with a few Telsta posts for about 250m. About 40m from the top of this climb the walk comes to a clear intersection with a trail (on your right), marked with 6FT arrow post.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follow 6FT arrow post south west gently downhill along the clear trail. After about 50m the trail bends right then leads fairly steeply downhill for 250m to a pleasant gully. The trail then gently undulates along the side of the hill for 300m to find a T-intersection, marked with a 6FT arrow post (pointing right).
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 6FT arrow post gently uphill along the trail heading north west. After about 120m this trail bends left (at a large grassy clearing) then just over 100m later the trail passes a ‘Road Ahead’ sign and comes to a larger clearing and gravel stock pile beside the sealed Jenolan Caves Rd,
(37.73km) Int of 6 ft track and Jenolan Caves Rd → Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration
(40.11km) Jenolan Caves Cottages Administration → Jenolan Caves Cottages
Jenolan Caves Cottages
(40.65km) Jenolan Caves Cottages → Carlotta Arch Lookout
1 hr 22 mins
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Six Foot Track’ sign downhill along the narrowing track, keeping the steep wide valley to your right. After about 25m the track leads between two timber posts and continues fairly steeply down the side of the valley with glimpses to the cave buildings for 500m where the track flattens out a bit and heads under a solid gum tree leaning over the track. The track continues leading downhill for another 300m to cross a narrow saddle and along a very narrow ridge where there are good views down to Blue Lake (on your left). The track now leads down some timber steps for about 50m to a T-intersection with a gravel path where a ‘Six Foot Track’ sign points back uphill.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Caves House’ sign gently downhill along the gravel path a short distance to an intersection and fenced lookout near ‘Carlotta Arch’ (on your left).
(44.34km) Carlotta Arch Lookout → Caves House
Jenolan Caves House
Maps for the Six Foot Track walkYou 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|
|Katoomba||1:25 000 Map Series||89301S KATOOMBA||NSW-89301S|
|Katoomba||1:100 000 Map Series||8930 KATOOMBA||8930|
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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|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
18km of this walk has short steep hills and another 17km is very steep. Whilst another 8km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 1.8km is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
33km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 10km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.6km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 430m follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 32km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 13km is clearly signposted.
Around 33km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 11km requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 37km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
24km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 19km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (1.6km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
From Caves House, this short but relatively steep trail goes up to Carlotta’s Arch, enjoying fantastic views out over Blue Lake, the Jenolan Valley and River. Back at Caves House, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a milkshake in the bistro. For those in Jenolan primarily do a caves tour, this is a great walk to add a little bit of variety to your day.
Total climbing: 95m
828 m Return
This walk has heritage interest and views, starting at the famous Explorers Tree and finishing with views of the cliffs from Nellie’s Glen lookout. The briefness of this walk makes it a great way to finish your 6 Foot Track walk if you have come from Jenolan. It’s also a great way to start the 6 Foot Track by seeing the terrain.
Total climbing: 117m
2 km Return
This short walk explores the Blue Mountains National Park just west of Katoomba, winding around the cliff tops to the Nellies Glen lookout, and offering a side trip to the Therabulat Lookout, both of which provide great views across the Megalong Valley. This walk can be enjoyed by the whole family and offers a great introduction to what the National Park has to offer.
Total climbing: 215m
2.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Following the ridge above the Jenolan River, this walk enjoys great views of the valley along its course. From the various lookouts along the way, it is possible to see the Six Foot Track across the valley. Caves House is a great spot to start and end the walk with a relaxing hot drink or snack.
Total climbing: 220m
2.2 km Return
1 hr 9 mins
3.1 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Looping around the northern bush tracks surrounding Jenolan Caves, this walk explores a variety of different environments, up on the ridges and down along the river. The campsite is a great spot to break and enjoy the quiet, at one of the less-frequented areas of the park. Be sure to allow time to enjoy the views from up on the ridge and especially of Carlotta’s Arch. Watch out for stinging nettles down on the river.
Total climbing: 347m
3.5 km Circuit
This short walk takes you from the western end of Katoomba, initially following the cliff line, then following Pulpit Hill Road to the Explorers Tree. There are optional side trips to lookouts, providing great views across the Megalong Valley. In addition to the great views, the walk provides the opportunity to see a piece of Australian heritage.
Total climbing: 302m
4 km Return
This is a great walk for those staying at Jenolan Cottages and wanting to walk to the Caves. Following the well-maintained and signposted Six Foot Track, there are great views and a variety of environments to enjoy. Be sure to notice the buildings surrounding Caves House as you come into the Jenolan Area. To finish the walk, Caves House is a great spot to sit and have a cup of coffee before exploring the caves or heading back to the cottages.
Total climbing: 103m
4.6 km One way
Enjoying a variety of different environments, Devil’s Hole trail descends into the valley below Katoomba via the Six Foot Track, before rising up through the difficult, and often slippery, Devil’s Hole. This is definitely one of the more difficult trails in the area. Walkers can enjoy great views from the top of the valley at both ends of the walk, as well as an extremely pretty creek environment as the track passes through Nellie’s Glen.
Total climbing: 572m
7 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
Very experienced only
Starting from Megalong Rd, this walk will take you past the historic Megalong Cemetery and then through some farmland as you wander along private dirt roads on part of the Six Foot Track. Just shy of 1km into the walk, you will then follow a track as it crosses the Guyvey Bridge and meanders through the pleasant open farmland with views of the distant escarpment. In time, the walk leaves the farms and explores the more dense forest and granite boulders before coming to the granite carved Coxs River. There is a chance to explore the river up close or take a bird’s-eye view from the swing bridge. The tracknotes also describe a side trip to the Six Foot Track lodge, great if you want to stay and explore the area for longer.
Total climbing: 772m
12.6 km Return
5 hrs 30 mins
The Six Foot Track is a classic walk which takes you from the Explorers Tree in Katoomba out to the amazing Jenolan Caves. This walk stays the night in Alum Creek Reserve before tackling the long hill up to Black Range Road. The walk is a classic and normally done in 3 days, this two day option is for the fit and keen.
Total climbing: 2066m
44.8 km One way
This walk is a great, two day walk that drops down from Katoomba to Cox’s River in the Megalong Valley. From the scenic Cox’s River, the walk returns to Katoomba via Dunphy’s campsite and Narrowneck. The trip is two solid days of walking that takes in some breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains. 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.
Total climbing: 2390m
47.8 km One way
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.
Total climbing: 2390m
47.8 km One way
Very experienced only
Other Nearby walks
This walk is a lovely clifftop walk above the Jamison Valley, with extensive views out to Mt Solitary. The Three Sisters make a wonderful highlight, along with great views from Echo Point Lookout. The walk takes in many additional lookouts along the way, each with its own unique view of the Blue Mountains.
Total climbing: 196m
1.8 km One way
This walk starts from the Katoomba Kiosk, on Cliff Drive, winds down to the bottom of Furber Steps and continues to the base of the Katoomba Falls. There are optional side trips to Katoomba Falls lookout and Vera’s Grotto on the way. By the creek at the base of Katoomba Falls is a great spot to enjoy a packed lunch, before walking back up the hill (alternatively, catch the scenic railway back up).
Total climbing: 272m
1.7 km Return
This is a excellent return walk, starting from the Katoomba kiosk and winding down to the Furber Steps, where it continues along a well signposted side track to the Katoomba Falls lookout. As this walk starts and finishes at the Kiosk, it is can be a great place to grab some tucker before heading off on the walk, or for a coffee afterwards.
Total climbing: 116m
1.1 km Return
This walk starts near Katoomba Kiosk, opposite Katoomba Park, on Cliff Drive. The walk heads through the bush, on a well established track, out to Reids Plateau. The loop around Reids Plateau explores several lookouts and the bush through the area. There are a couple of short side trips out to extra lookouts, including one that passes through a natural tunnel. Reids Plateau Picnic area has a few picnic tables, shelter, and a great view making a great spot for a picnic lunch.
Total climbing: 29m
352 m Circuit
A great walk exploring the upper section of Furber Steps. Starting at the Katoomba Kiosk, this walk visits Witches Leap, Juliets Balcony and Vanimans Lookout to loop back to the Kiosk. There are great views down the Kedumba Valley and of many of the surrounding features. A well shaded walk with some pleasant rain forest areas along a well signposted track. There are plenty of stairs, mostly with handrails.
Total climbing: 52m
854 m Circuit
This short walk starts from, and returns to, the Carrington Park track head and winds down along the Prince Henry cliff walk to the Burrabarroo Lookout. There are great views across the Jamison valley and Leura Forest from the lookout. Being such a short walk to a great lookout, this is a great walk if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to see a great piece of the mountains.
Total climbing: 52m
582 m Return
3.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This short walk starts from, and returns to, the Carrington park track head and takes you to the Bridal Veil Lookout, on the western side of the Leura Cascades. This lookout provides you with a spectacular view, just a short stroll from Katoomba. This is a great walk for those keen to start bushwalking. There are a couple of other possible side trips to lookouts along the way.
Total climbing: 69m
892 m Return
This walk is a fantastic way to see Leura Forest. The walk descends from Carrington Park, visiting Leura Forest and following a loop along the base of the cliffs and beneath the Three Sisters, before climbing back up to Carrington Park. This walk explores a variety of forests types and a few waterfalls. Leura Forest is a lovely picnic area, a great place to relax.
Total climbing: 674m
4.8 km Circuit
This walk starts from Carrington Park and winds down into the valley below, to Leura Forest. Leura Forest was a pleasure ground in years gone by, and now boasts a nice little picnic area with a shelter, picnic tables and seats. This is a great spot for lunch. Take some time to explore the forest before climbing back up the valley the way you came.
Total climbing: 432m
2.3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk explores the eastern end of Federal Pass track. Starting near Carrington Park, on Cliff Drive, the walk descends steeply, passing the Jamieson Lookout, Fern Bower and Lila and Linda falls. A couple more stair cases and the track comes to Marguerite Cascades. A side trip down to Laura Forest is also described, this is a nice spot to rest.
Total climbing: 368m
1.7 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This classic trail follows along the base of the cliffs from Leura to the Golden Stairs, passing many of the more popular sights of the Katoomba region. Travelling through beautiful forest environments, this is one of the longer walks in the area. Leura Forest and Kedumba Falls are both great places to sit and take a break along the journey.
Total climbing: 989m
8 km One way
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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