Nellies Glen Katoomba to Coxs River
FLEXIBLE WALKING:Today’s walk can be shortened for those that don’t want to walk the full distance. Just chat to your guides at Dryridge winery during lunch and you can travel with the support vehicle to the accommodation.
Meet your guides in the foyer of the Carrington Hotel Katoomba from here we transfer to the start of the trail. We make our way through the rainforest of Nellies Glen as we descend the Blue Mountains escarpment. Make sure you look up on the way to see the dramatic views above you. We make our way through rural areas complete with horses that may come to the fence to say hello until we reach the charming Dryridge Estate Winery in the Megalong Valley with spectacular views over the Blue Mountains escarpment. We enjoy a lunch stop here with a delicious BBQ and wine tasting. After lunch we follow the rolling green hills until we reach the pretty Coxs river. From here we cross the historic Bowtell Swing Bridge and exciting river crossing for those that want to avoid the bridge our guide can help you cross the river an alternative way. We follow along the banks of the river until we arrive at our accommodation at the Six Foot Track Eco Bunkhouse. This accommodation is ideally located on the trail. We have chosen this accommodation due to its location near the pretty Coxs River and the fact that the nearest accommodation from here is over an hour away’s drive away. The accommodation here is a basic bunkhouse overlooking the trees with an outdoor entertaining area and fireplace. As they are off the grid there is no power or running water. The accommodation has a basic camp shower however there is nothing better than after a day’s walk taking a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Coxs River below. Afterwards, sit on the deck and take in the serenity whilst dinner is cooked for you. Tonight enjoy a hearty dinner served with wine prepared by your guides. The beds at the Eco Bunkhouse are large bunk beds with privacy curtains in the one room with sheets and blankets. Guests have the option of upgrading to their own dome tent and mattress which will be set up for you when you arrive below the bunkhouse near the river.
BLACK RANGE TO COXS RIVER
FLEXIBLE WALKING: Today’s walk can be shortened for those that don’t want to walk the full distance. Just chat to your guides before setting out this morning and we will arrange our support vehicle to drop you off later avoiding the morning 400m uphill and allowing you to have a relaxing morning at Coxs River.
WALKING ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast on the deck before we set out on our walk. Today has many uphill sections so walking poles will come in handy as we will be asscending 800 metres over the course of the day. Our morning walk will be the most challenging of the day. We follow the 6ft wide trail as it snakes it way up the hill passing through wooded country to Mini Mini saddle where we stop for lunch. Make sure you stop often to see the views back over the valley as you make your way up to Black Range. Once we reach Black Range our guide will transfer us down to Jenolan Caves House for our evening stay. After a refreshing shower, join the group in the delightful Chisholm’s Restaurant to enjoy a two-course meal featuring local produce and wine and chat about the day’s adventures.
Jenolan Caves to Black Range
This morning after breakfast we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Baal Cave, renowned for its beauty and spectacular features. We enter the Temple of Baal Cave via the ‘Binoomea Cut’ a long manmade tunnel. Then, they travel down the ‘Dragon’s Throat’, via a dramatic winding staircase. There are 2 massive chambers, one 42 metres high and filled with beautiful formations. One of these formations, the 9 metre tall ‘Angel’s Wing’ shawl, is one of the largest cave shawls in the world. The cave also offers beautiful examples of crystal helictites. After we start our walk for the day. Today’s walk we will do in the reverse direction to save any backtracking and walk from the caves to Black Range. We make our way to Carlotta Arch above the caves area for some fantastic photo opportunities then hike to Binoomera Ridge through the peaceful bushland. Along the way, we will pass the lawns of the Jenolan Cottages a favourite stomping ground for mobs of kangaroos. We finally arrive at Black Range where our journey ends. From here we will be transferred back to Katoomba the end of a magnificent journey.
INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP
Your 3-day walking holiday includes:
- Pack Free walk with your overnight luggage transported every day
- Accommodation 1 night at the Six Foot Track eco Bunkhouse at Coxs River
- Accommodation 1 night at historic Jenolan Caves House
- Lunch day 3 at a local winery with spectacular views of the Blue Mountains escarpment
- 2 x Hot and Cold breakfasts
- 2 packed lunches to eat on the trail
- 2 x Dinners featuring local produce
- Morning Jenolan Caves tour
- Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
- Professionally guided – Our guides are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
- Transfers to Jenolan Caves to start your walk
- No Credit Card Fees
The remote Six Foot Track Eco Bunkhouse
On night one we spend the night at the remote and quirky Six Foot Track Eco Bunkhouse on the beautiful Coxs River. We have chosen this accommodation for convenience, as the Six Foot Track trail runs right past the bunkhouse and the only other accommodation in the area, is over an hour’s drive away. This is clean and basic accommodation with an open-air entertaining area and fireplaces.
Sleeping is in one bunkhouse with large bunk beds complete with linen and blankets and privacy curtains. This room also features a fireplace. However, we are also offering our guests the option to sleep in a tent instead at no extra cost. Tents are three-man dome tents (maximum 2 people per tent) with camping mattress which will be set up for you by the river below the accommodation approx 500m distance.
The accommodation is off the grid with no power or running water and as such there is only a basic wash area with camp shower and a drop toilet. However, there is nothing nicer than having a refreshing swim after a day’s walk in the crystal clear waters of the Coxs River.
Jenolan Caves House
Accommodation varies across our tours based on what is available in each area, we always choose the best accommodation as close to the trail as possible. We don’t believe in destroying the natural environment by building in National Parks and areas of conservation, but we do believe in supporting local businesses and staying in existing accommodation.
Our accommodation night two is at the historic and iconic Jenolan Caves House. Built in the late 1800s as a wilderness retreat, this charming hotel with its Late Victorian style decor will be a special stay. Guests will enjoy Grand Classic rooms with ensuites. Dinner will be served in the superb Chisholms Restaurant.
NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP
- Transport to the start of the trip in Katoomba
- Any optional tours and activities during free time
- Tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How fit do I need to be to do this walk?
A good level of fitness is needed to complete this walk. The Six Foot Track walk is graded as medium (with some hard uphill sections) and is 42km – about 16 hours walking over 3 days.
We’ll take the pace at a level that suits everyone, with plenty of rest stops and opportunities to take photos during each day. Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.