Six Foot Track Itinerary

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Day 1
Nellies Glen Katoomba to Coxs River

  • Walk:  Approximately 16kms. 6 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade.

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.

 

Day 2
BLACK RANGE TO COXS RIVER

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

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.

Day 3
Jenolan Caves to Black Range

  • Walk:Approximately 10.1kms. 4 hours walking with breaks. Grade: Medium grade. Uphill walking today. Ascent of 250m.  

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.

Inclusions

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

Accommodation:

The remote Six Foot Track Eco Bunkhouse

Night 1 accommodation

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

Night 2 accommodation

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
  • 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.