Six Foot Track Itinerary

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Day 1
BINOOMERA RIDGE TO JENOLAN CAVES

  • Walk: Approximately 10kms. 4 hours walking with breaks. Walk: Medium grade

This walk has been designed to follow the direction from Jenolan Caves to Katoomba. This allows us to walk towards the spectacular Katoomba Escarpment providing magnificent views as you walk, rather than the best of the views be behind you all the way.

We meet at the historic Carrington Hotel In Katoomba for our walking briefing at 8.30am. From here we transfer to Black Range to start our walk into Jenolan Caves. On the way we will pass the pretty Jenolan Cottages, a favourite stomping ground for mobs of kangaroos. We head down Binoomera Ridge and pass stunning Carlotta Arch before arriving into Jenolan Caves. After lunch 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. Tonight we spend the night at the historic Jenolan Caves House in a grand classic room. 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.

Day 2
BLACK RANGE TO COXS RIVER

  • Walk: Approximately 17kms, 6 hours walking with breaks, Walk: Medium to Hard grade

Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the restaurant. We then transfer back to the trail to start our walk down the range to Coxs River. Today has many downhill sections so walking poles will come in handy as we will be descending 800 metres over the course of the day. We follow the fire trail passing through wooded country past Mini Mini saddle with views ahead to the valley. On the last descent into Coxs River, our vehicle will meet us and whisk us away to our accommodation at the newly renovated Hampton Hotel. Here you will enjoy charming ensuited rooms so you can have a relaxing shower before dinner. For those wanting to catch up pre-dinner, there is a relaxing bar you can sit back and have drinks (own expense). Tonight enjoy dinner in the restaurant served with wine.

Day 3
COXS RIVER TO NELLIES GLEN, KATOOMBA

  • Walk: Approximately 15kms. 6 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade

After breakfast, we transfer our guests back to the trail. On arrival at the Coxs River, the trail follows the pretty river to the historic Bowtell Swing Bridge and exciting river crossing. The trail then meanders through the forest to 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 lunch and wine tasting. After lunch we follow the rolling hills passing properties with horses until we reach the final steps that will takes us through the rainforest gorge of Nellies Glen. Ensure you stop to look up at the spectacular escarpment above you as you make the climb. We reach the finish of our the trail near the Explorer Tree. From here we transfer our guests back to the Carrington Hotel, the end of an amazing journey.

Inclusions

INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

Your 3 day walking holiday includes:

  • Fully supported pack free walk with your overnight luggage transported every day
  • Accommodation Night 1 in a Classic Room with ensuite at Jenolan Caves House
  • Accommodation Night 2 at the Hampton Hotel
  • 2 x  Breakfasts
  • Lunch Day 1 – Jenolan Caves
  • Lunch Day 2 – Smorgasbord picnic lunch on the trail
  • Lunch Day 3 – at a local winery with spectacular views of the Blue Mountains escarpment
  • Dinner Day 2 – Hampton Hotel restaurant (wine included)
  • Dinner Day 1 – Chisholms Restaurant at Jenolan Caves House (wine included)
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Morning Jenolan Caves tour
  • 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

Accommodation:

Jenolan Caves House

Night 1 is spent at the historic Jenolan Caves House. This Edwardian Style building was built in 1897 and is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and the famous limestones caves. Our guests will stay in Grand Classic Rooms featuring an ensuite and King Bed. Enjoy dinner in the charming Chisholm’s Restaurant served with local Australian wine.

Hampton Hotel

Our second night’s stay is at the historic Hampton Hotel. This newly renovated hotel features charming hotel rooms with private ensuites. Guests can relax in the bar and lounge pre dinner and soak up the pub style atmosphere and acoustic music. Whilst dinner is hearty style home cooked meals in the main restaurant, accompanied by local wines.

NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • Transport to the start of the trip in Katoomba
  • insurance
  • any optional tours and activities during free time
  • tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.

FAQ

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.

Is there a portered walk option?

All our guests will have their overnight bags transported each night leaving you free to relax and enjoy the walk instead of struggling with a large backpack.

So what will I need to carry?

All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day. You won’t even need to carry your lunch as your guide will carry the groups lunch.

Do you cater for different dietary requirements?

Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible.

If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay a single supplement?

If you are happy to share a room with another solo traveller on night 2, there is no extra charge. (If we can’t find another solo traveller to share with, you will have your own room at no extra cost). However if you want to request a room specifically for yourself you will be required to pay an additional fee, enquire for details.

What time does this adventure start and finish?

We meet at The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba at 8.30am (2kms from Katoomba at 9.30am. Finish times will depend on another of factors including walking pace of the group, generally we arrive into Katoomba on day 3 at approximately 4.30pm – 5.00pm.

Where do we meet?

Our meeting spot is at the historic Carrington Hotel in the heart of the Blue Mountains, here we will enjoy a briefing on the walk before being transferred to Nellies Glen to start walking. The Carrington Hotel is the only pick up and drop off location for this walk. The Blue Mountains is roughly 2 hours drive from the Sydney CBD. If catching public transport trains leave from Central Station to the Blue Mountains and you will need to leave the train at Katoomba Railway Station – it is a 2 minute walk to the Carrington Hotel our meeting point.

I’m driving to the Blue Mountains where should I park my car?

There is no secure parking in Katoomba however parking is available at the back of Katoomba Railway Station on Goldsmith Avenue or in the Katoomba back streets. Alternatively if you are staying at a hotel in the area the night before the hotel may let you leave your vehicle there – please check.

How many people are in each walking group?

We run our tours with a maximum of 12 walkers.

Can you recommend any pre or post accommodation?

As the meeting point and drop off place for this walk we recommend The Carrington Hotel Katoomba.