Six Foot Track
Dharug and Gundungurra Country

16 h, 2 days to 3 days
7 h 30 min to 12 h

44.7 km
oneway

↑ 1773 m
↓ -2029 m

Hard track
This classic walk takes you from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves via a historic horse route. The walk travels mainly along well-maintained service tracks and explores Nellie's Glen, Megalong Valley, Cox's River, Black Range, and Jenolan. There are well established and popular campsites along the way. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug and Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Explorers Tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Plaque at Explorers Tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Near the Six Foot Track information shelter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track information shelter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking along the top of Nellies Glen trail . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Top of Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking through Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Mushrooms in Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track in Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Small fall in Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track beside fallen tree in Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Orange fungus growing in the lower section of Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Ferns on the Six Foot Track below Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Larger trees near the base of Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track arrow post below Nellies Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track crossing thh culverted Devils Hole Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wild bee hive near Devils Hole Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Horse Paddock at the old Megalong Village site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Scribbly gums south of Megalong Village site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View of the escarpment from south of the Megalong Village site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing the small Corral Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Locked 'Wari-Wari' gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking along the dirt Nellies Glen Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Fungus growing beside Nellies Glen Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Looking east to the escarpment on Nellies Glen Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track crossing near the Megalong Ford. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track crossing Mitchells Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking through the open farm land. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Local cattle stop to say Hi on the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing Mclennan Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Open forest east of Megalong Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Stile east side of Megalong Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Car park on Megalong Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track trackhead on Megalong Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Monument at Megalong Cemetery. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing a cattle grate among the farm land on the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Views of the escarpment from the Euroka property on the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track sign near Guyver Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Guyver Bridge on the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View of a dam on the Euroka property. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track on the Euroka property. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
35km Six Foot Track arrow post. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing a pleasant gully on the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Gate near the back of the Euroka Property. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Stile climbing over a timber fence. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track on eastern side of the Coxs River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Lower Euroka Gate . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track winding along a long set of timber steps east of the Coxs River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Granite Boulders. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Wild bee hive in granite overhand south of the Coxs River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track east of the Coxs River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Granite boulders scattered along track north of the swing bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Bowtells Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View from Bowtells Swing Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Western side of Swing Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Track south west of Bowtells Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track sign on floodplain east of lodge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track Lodge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection west of Six Foot Track lodge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Coxs River Camping Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Coxs River Camping Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Toilets at Coxs River Camping Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Coxs river near Camping Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing Upper Gibraltar Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Dirt road above Gibraltar Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View to the escarpment east of Kiangatha Yards. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Dirt road winding up the valley east of Kiangatha Yards. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sharp bend east of Kiangatha Yards. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking beside Kiangatha Yards. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Cattle grate beside Kiangatha Yards. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking west of Kiangatha Yards looking up toward Mini Mini saddle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View over Kiangatha Yards. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View from north side of Mini Mini Saddle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Clearing at the top of Mini Mini Saddle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking along the Six Foot Track west of Mini Mini Saddle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking through the tall forest on the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track east of Alum Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Alum Creek Camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Alum Creek beside camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Alum Creek camping area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing Alum Creek just south of the campsite. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Farmland south of Alum Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Walking beside Little River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The Six Foot Track on the northern Little River crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Southern Little River crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Dirt road east of Kiangatha Gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
The old (now removed) Kiangatha Gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
6FT west of Kiangatha Gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Steep section of dirt road east of Waterfall Creek Fire Trail . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection if 6FT with Waterfall Creek Fire Trail . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
20km marker south of Waterfall Creek Fire Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track wining up to Black Range. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View just north of the Black Range. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Rain water gauge near the intersection of Black Range Rd and Cronje Mtn Fire Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Metal 6'T Post. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking along Black Range. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Int of Black Range Rd and Moorara Boss Fire Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Int. Black Range Rd and Warlock Fire Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Int. Black Range Rd and Beefsteak Ck Fire Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Metal Kanangra Boyd National Park Sign on the Black Range. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Int. Black Range Rd and Bulls Creek Fire Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Black Range trail south of the pine plantation. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking beside the pine plantation near Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Red Mushroom near Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Sign in front of Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Large Grassy Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Toilets at Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
35km sign just south of the Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Lonely Pine tree east of Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track west of Black Range Camping Ground. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
6FT on the east side of Jenolan Caves Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
A bearded stick. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Clearing on east side of Jenolan Caves Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track crossing Jenolan Caves Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
6FT on west side of Jenolan Caves Rd near the crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Timber steps on west side of Jenolan Caves Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking through a pleasant gully on the west side of Jenolan Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track beside Jenolan Caves Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing a gully on west side of Jenolan Caves Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Welcome to Jenolan Caves sign (for people driving). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
5km marker on hill north of Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Intersection neat the Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Toilet Block at the Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Trail south of Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track sign south of Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking along the trail south of Jenolan Caves Cottages. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Steeper trail north of Mount George. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Red Belly Black waving to say hello. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track north of Mount George. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Six Foot Track on the east side of Mckeowns Valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
View of Blue Lake from the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Carlotta Arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking along path west of Carlotta Arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Path over the top of the Grand Arch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Caves House. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eastern end of the Six Foot Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Great Western Highway & Nellies Glen Road (-33.7040364,150.2913232)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Parke Street, BMD
  • Turn on to Great Western Highway, A32 then drive for 2.2 km
Finish (-33.8203181,150.0212261)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.) Special   (There is no public transport from Jenolan caves. There are a lot of tourist buses, most will not give you a lift.Trolley Tours has a special deal for bushwalkers and offers a $40 ($35 concession) one way deal from Jenolan to Katoomba. The bus leaves the caves at 3pm daily and takes about 1.5 hrs to get to Katoomba town center (about 1 min walk to the train station). Tickets must be pre booked and paid for by phoning 1800 801 577, or through their website. More info)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the 'Explorers Tree' (at the intersection of Nellies Glen Rd and the Great Western Hwy), this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track - 200m' sign up along the sealed Nellies Glen Rd for just over 200m before turning left at another 'Six Foot Track' sign. Here the walk comes to a dirt car park and shelter with a large 'Six Foot Track' information sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Great Western Highway & Nellies Glen Road Start heading along Nellies Glen Road (a residential road).
After 55 m find the "Explorers Tree (Katoomba)" (10 m on your left).
Explorers Tree (Katoomba)
Explorers Tree (Katoomba)

In 1813, the explorers Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson, on their historic crossing of the Blue Mountains, engraved their names not only into the history books, but also reportedly into this tree on the side of Pulpit Hill. The tree now long dead was caged in 1884 in an attempt to preserve the engravings. The engravings are no longer visible and there is even debate over the last 100+ years as to the authenticity of the engravings.
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In 1813, the explorers Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson, on their historic crossing of the Blue Mountains, engraved their names not only into the history books, but also reportedly into this tree on the side of Pulpit Hill. The tree now long dead was caged in 1884 in an attempt to preserve the engravings. The engravings are no longer visible and there is even debate over the last 100+ years as to the authenticity of the engravings.

After another 10 m pass the sign (20 m on your left).
Then pass the sign (15 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (20 m on your left).
Then pass the sign (15 m on your left).
After another 6 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 10 m pass a seat (15 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass a seat (20 m on your right).
After another 20 m to find the car park.
Continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 105 m pass the "Pulpit Hill" (145 m on your right).
Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen
After another 50 m (at the intersection of Pulpit Hill Road & Nellies Glen Road) by following the "Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen" sign continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road (a vehicle track).
After another 60 m head through/around the gate.
Then pass the "Six Foot Track Information Shelter" (8 m on your left).
Then pass the "Six Foot Track Information Shelter" (8 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 350 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 170 m pass the sign (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Norths Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen
At the intersection of Cliff Walk & Six Foot Track by following the "Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen" sign turn right, to head along Six Foot Track (a walking track).
After another 10 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 110 m head through the bicycle barrier.
After another 35 m head down the steps (about 300 m long)
Then pass the "Bonnie Doon Falls" (50 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the shelter (60 m on your left).
After another 30 m cross the ford.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 60 m come to the "Therabulat Lookout" (90 m on your left).
After another 2.9 km (at the intersection of Nellies Glen Road & Six Foot Track) continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road (a vehicle track).
After another 130 m find the "Megalong Village (Historic)" (20 m on your left).
Megalong Village (Historic)
Megalong Village (Historic)

In 1870, kerosene shale was discovered in the area surrounding the upper end of Megalong and Diamond Creeks so in 1885, Mr J. B. North started to mine the resource. The mine continued for nearly 10 years. During the life of the mine, the Megalong Village grew to to a small town with a hotel, butchery, bakery, public hall and around about 40 families. When the mines were closed in 1904, the best buildings were demolished and rebuilt in Katoomba. In the December of 1904, a huge bushfire ripped up through the valley destroying what buildings were left. Now the area is private land with a horse paddock with a view of the escarpment behind. A small bronze sign marks the site .
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In 1870, kerosene shale was discovered in the area surrounding the upper end of Megalong and Diamond Creeks so in 1885, Mr J. B. North started to mine the resource. The mine continued for nearly 10 years. During the life of the mine, the Megalong Village grew to to a small town with a hotel, butchery, bakery, public hall and around about 40 families. When the mines were closed in 1904, the best buildings were demolished and rebuilt in Katoomba. In the December of 1904, a huge bushfire ripped up through the valley destroying what buildings were left. Now the area is private land with a horse paddock with a view of the escarpment behind. A small bronze sign marks the site .

Continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 295 m head through/around the gate.
After another 810 m (at the intersection of Nellies Glen Road & Mitchells Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 20 m climb over the stile.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 380 m continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 195 m continue straight, to head along Nellies Glen Road.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Six Foot Track & Nellies Glen Road) continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track (a walking track).
After another 10 m climb over the stile.
After another 480 m climb over the stile.
After another 260 m cross the Mclennan Bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 340 m climb over the stile.
After another 25 m pass the car park (20 m on your left).
After another 25 m to find the car park.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Old Ford Reserve camping and picnic area where you can spend the night. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
At the intersection of Megalong Road & Six Foot Track continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track Road (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m cross over the cattle grid.
After another 25 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 70 m find the "Megalong Cemetery (historical)" (10 m on your left).
Megalong Cemetery (historical)
Megalong Cemetery (historical)

The Megalong Cemetery became the final resting place for at least 14 people who died between 1894 and 1931. Many of the grave sites are in poor repair or can no longer be easily found - please take care in the area to avoid any further damage. A tall stone monument marks the edge of the cemetery on the Six Foot Track, about 100m west of Megalong Road. This cemetery is currently under the management of the Blue Mountains City Council, and is recognised by the National Trust.
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The Megalong Cemetery became the final resting place for at least 14 people who died between 1894 and 1931. Many of the grave sites are in poor repair or can no longer be easily found - please take care in the area to avoid any further damage. A tall stone monument marks the edge of the cemetery on the Six Foot Track, about 100m west of Megalong Road. This cemetery is currently under the management of the Blue Mountains City Council, and is recognised by the National Trust.

After another 75 m cross over the cattle grid.
After another 185 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track Road.
After another 80 m cross over the cattle grid.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track Road.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Six Foot Track Road & Olana) continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track Road.
After another 35 m cross over the cattle grid.
After another 225 m cross over the cattle grid.
After another 3 m (at the intersection of Six Foot Track & Six Foot Track Road) turn right, to head along Six Foot Track (a walking track).
After another 40 m cross the Guyver Bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 9 m head up the steps (about 10 m long)
After another 245 m climb over the stile.
After another 120 m cross the ford.
After another 245 m climb over the stile.
After another 310 m head down the steps (about 35 m long)
After another 6 m head up the steps (about 20 m long)
After another 230 m climb over the stile.
After another 570 m climb over the stile.
After another 130 m climb over the stile.
After another 210 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 15 m turn around, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 15 m turn around, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 15 m veer left, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 250 m pass a "Ron's Roost" (on your right).
After another 380 m head through/around the gate.
After another 600 m head down the steps (about 55 m long)
After another 10 m head down the steps (about 25 m long)
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternative route linking Bowtells Swing Bridge to Coxs River Campsite. To take the alternate route continue straight here. Details below.
After another 1.8 km veer right, to head along Six Foot Track.
Then head down the steps (about 30 m long)
Continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
Then cross the Bowtells Swing Bridge (about 100 m long)
After another 9 m find the "Bowtells Swing Bridge" (10 m on your left).
Bowtells Swing Bridge
Bowtells Swing Bridge

This suspension footbridge spans the Coxs River and provides an alternate route for the Six Foot Track when the river is in flood. Regardless of weather, this route is now becoming more popular with many walkers, wanting to avoid the river crossing. The bridge was built and opened in 1992 by the Royal Australian Engineers. The bridge is named after a fellow soldier of the builders, Corporal Bob Bowtell, who suffocated and died in foul air whilst attempting to clear a tunnel of the VC during the Vietnam war . Bowtell grew up in Katoomba and is now buried in West Malaysia.
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This suspension footbridge spans the Coxs River and provides an alternate route for the Six Foot Track when the river is in flood. Regardless of weather, this route is now becoming more popular with many walkers, wanting to avoid the river crossing. The bridge was built and opened in 1992 by the Royal Australian Engineers. The bridge is named after a fellow soldier of the builders, Corporal Bob Bowtell, who suffocated and died in foul air whilst attempting to clear a tunnel of the VC during the Vietnam war . Bowtell grew up in Katoomba and is now buried in West Malaysia.

After another 700 m head through/around the gate.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
Then find the "Six Foot Track Lodge" (25 m on your right).
Six Foot Track Lodge
Six Foot Track Lodge

The Six Foot Track Lodge is situated above the flats of the Coxs River along the Six Foot Track alternate route, not far north of Coxs River Campsite. The lodge consists of two cabins, each with the capacity to sleep twelve people in bunks. The cabins are equipped with linen, warm blankets, log fire, pizza oven, tank water and has its own outhouse toilet. At $35 per person per night, this is a very pleasant way to spend an evening. Authentic meals can also be organised for a fee. For more information, visit www.6fttracklodge.com or call Pavel on 0421 932 631. Walk-ins are welcome, however to ensure beds are available, booking in advance is recommended.
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The Six Foot Track Lodge is situated above the flats of the Coxs River along the Six Foot Track alternate route, not far north of Coxs River Campsite. The lodge consists of two cabins, each with the capacity to sleep twelve people in bunks. The cabins are equipped with linen, warm blankets, log fire, pizza oven, tank water and has its own outhouse toilet. At $35 per person per night, this is a very pleasant way to spend an evening. Authentic meals can also be organised for a fee. For more information, visit www.6fttracklodge.com or call Pavel on 0421 932 631. Walk-ins are welcome, however to ensure beds are available, booking in advance is recommended.

After another 50 m climb over the stile.
After another 30 m veer left, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 220 m head through/around the gate.
After another 50 m find the "Coxs River Campsite" (30 m on your right).
Coxs River Campsite
Coxs River Campsite

Coxs River Campsite, on the Six Foot Track, is found on the western bank of the Coxs River. It provides a sheltered picnic table, water (rain tank or creek - treat before drinking either), toilet and a flat grassed camping area with excellent access to the river. The campsite is used by people walking the Six Foot Track, but is also visited at times people people camping in 4WD. A nice place to camp. Despite the several fire scares, this is a fuel stove only area no fires allowed.
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Coxs River Campsite, on the Six Foot Track, is found on the western bank of the Coxs River. It provides a sheltered picnic table, water (rain tank or creek - treat before drinking either), toilet and a flat grassed camping area with excellent access to the river. The campsite is used by people walking the Six Foot Track, but is also visited at times people people camping in 4WD. A nice place to camp. Despite the several fire scares, this is a fuel stove only area no fires allowed.

The alternate route finishes here. Turn left to rejoin the main route at the 15.6 km waypoint. Details below.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 175 m cross the ford.
After another 370 m cross the ford.
After another 135 m cross the ford.
After another 2.4 km cross over the cattle grid.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Glen Chee Road & Six Foot Track) continue straight, to head along Glen Chee Road.
After another 3 km pass the toilet (9 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Glen Chee Road.
After another 60 m find the "Alum Creek Camping ground" (on your right).
Alum Creek Camping ground
Alum Creek Camping ground

Signposted as 'Alum Creek Reserve', this fairly flat grassy area, off the side of the dirt Glen Chee Road, part of the six foot track). The campsite is the least used and least developed of the three official campsites on the Six Foot Track, and makes a good place to stay if attempting the walk in two days. There are no facilities provided but the flat campsite is in a well-protected valley with the small Alum Creek beside the campsite and the fairly reliable Little River down the road (treat water before use).
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Signposted as 'Alum Creek Reserve', this fairly flat grassy area, off the side of the dirt Glen Chee Road, part of the six foot track). The campsite is the least used and least developed of the three official campsites on the Six Foot Track, and makes a good place to stay if attempting the walk in two days. There are no facilities provided but the flat campsite is in a well-protected valley with the small Alum Creek beside the campsite and the fairly reliable Little River down the road (treat water before use).

Then cross the ford.
After another 650 m cross the ford.
After another 180 m cross the ford.
After another 85 m cross the ford.
After another 2 km turn left, to head along Glen Chee Road.
After another 1.4 km (at the intersection of Black Range Road & Glen Chee Road) veer right, to head along Black Range Road (a vehicle track).
After another 2.1 km (at the intersection of Black Range Road & Moorara Boss Firetrail) continue straight, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 3.2 km (at the intersection of Black Range Road & Warlock Fire Trail) continue straight, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 870 m (at the intersection of Black Range Road & Bulls Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Black Range Road & Bulls Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 410 m turn left, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 250 m (at the intersection of Black Range Road & Caves Road Trail) continue straight, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 15 m turn around, to head along Black Range Road.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Caves Road Trail & Black Range Road) turn right, to head along Caves Road Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 90 m find the "Black Range camping ground" (15 m on your right).
Black Range camping ground
Black Range camping ground

Black Range camping ground is found along the Six Foot Track, and is also accessible by car. The well maintained and signposted campsite has a couple of sheltered picnic tables, toilets, rainwater tank and and information board with map. The campsite is in a large fenced grassy area. The tank water is quiet reliable but the tank can become empty during long dry spells or through vandalism, please treat before use. A sign reminds campers that this is a Fuel Stove Only area - no camp fires
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Black Range camping ground is found along the Six Foot Track, and is also accessible by car. The well maintained and signposted campsite has a couple of sheltered picnic tables, toilets, rainwater tank and and information board with map. The campsite is in a large fenced grassy area. The tank water is quiet reliable but the tank can become empty during long dry spells or through vandalism, please treat before use. A sign reminds campers that this is a Fuel Stove Only area - no camp fires

After another 80 m pass the picnic table (25 m on your right).
After another 2.1 km continue straight, to head along Caves Road Trail.
After another 660 m turn right, to head along Caves Road Trail.
After another 270 m (at the intersection of Jenolan Caves Road & Caves Road Trail) continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track (a footpath).
After another 380 m head up the steps (about 55 m long)
After another 1.7 km continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 215 m veer right, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 390 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
After another 65 m pass the playground (90 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 2.8 km (at the intersection of Mt George Firetrail & Six Foot Track) veer right, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 860 m veer left, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 360 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 45 m pass the "Tickets and Guide Office" (20 m on your left).
Then pass the shelter (55 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the pay phone (25 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the car park (30 m on your left).
After another 55 m pass the toilet (130 m on your right).
Then pass the car park (110 m on your right).
At the intersection of Jenolan Caves Road & Six Foot Track turn left, to head along Jenolan Caves Road (a road).
After another 25 m come to "Jenolan Caves House".
Jenolan Caves House
Jenolan Caves House

Jenolan Caves House, built in 1898, is a heritage-listed building which houses dining, a variety of accommodation options, and other services for visitors to the caves. Jenolan has two licensed restaurants: Trails Bistro is open from breakfast onwards and closes early evening. Trails serves a range of light meals including sandwiches, salads and hot food. Chisholm's Restaurant is open each morning for breakfast and each evening for dinner from 6.00pm. Essential items and beautiful souvenirs may be purchased from Things Jenolan, located on the ground floor of Caves House. Don't forget to explore one of the many caves to explore in the area. For more information, call Jenolan Caves on 1300 76 33 11.
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Jenolan Caves House, built in 1898, is a heritage-listed building which houses dining, a variety of accommodation options, and other services for visitors to the caves. Jenolan has two licensed restaurants: Trails Bistro is open from breakfast onwards and closes early evening. Trails serves a range of light meals including sandwiches, salads and hot food. Chisholm's Restaurant is open each morning for breakfast and each evening for dinner from 6.00pm. Essential items and beautiful souvenirs may be purchased from Things Jenolan, located on the ground floor of Caves House. Don't forget to explore one of the many caves to explore in the area. For more information, call Jenolan Caves on 1300 76 33 11.

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An optional side trip to Norths Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Six Foot Track & Cliff Walk Start heading along Cliff Walk (a walking track).
After 40 m head through/around the gate.
After another 110 m continue straight.
Continue another 65 m to find Norths Lookout at the end.
"Norths Lookout".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 215 m to the main route.

An alternative route linking Bowtells Swing Bridge to Coxs River Campsite.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Six Foot Track.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 820 m continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 220 m cross the ford.
After another 35 m come to "Coxs River".
Coxs River
Coxs River

The Coxs River starts west of Katoomba, running south-east as the main tributary for the Warragamba Dam. The Six Foot Track crosses the river using on the slippery rounded stones or, when in flood, the large metal Bowtells Bridge. The campsite is located a short distance up the west bank from where the 6FT crosses. The water must be treated before drinking. The river provides some potentially nice swimming spots, with pools and interesting granite rock formations, be very careful if deciding to swim as it can also be a very dangerous.
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The Coxs River starts west of Katoomba, running south-east as the main tributary for the Warragamba Dam. The Six Foot Track crosses the river using on the slippery rounded stones or, when in flood, the large metal Bowtells Bridge. The campsite is located a short distance up the west bank from where the 6FT crosses. The water must be treated before drinking. The river provides some potentially nice swimming spots, with pools and interesting granite rock formations, be very careful if deciding to swim as it can also be a very dangerous.

The end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

Side trip to Old Ford Reserve camping and picnic area where you can spend the night.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Megalong Road & Six Foot Track Start heading along Megalong Road (a highway|tertiary).
Megalong Cemetery (historical) (about 120 m back from the start).
Megalong Cemetery (historical)
Megalong Cemetery (historical)

The Megalong Cemetery became the final resting place for at least 14 people who died between 1894 and 1931. Many of the grave sites are in poor repair or can no longer be easily found - please take care in the area to avoid any further damage. A tall stone monument marks the edge of the cemetery on the Six Foot Track, about 100m west of Megalong Road. This cemetery is currently under the management of the Blue Mountains City Council, and is recognised by the National Trust.
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The Megalong Cemetery became the final resting place for at least 14 people who died between 1894 and 1931. Many of the grave sites are in poor repair or can no longer be easily found - please take care in the area to avoid any further damage. A tall stone monument marks the edge of the cemetery on the Six Foot Track, about 100m west of Megalong Road. This cemetery is currently under the management of the Blue Mountains City Council, and is recognised by the National Trust.

Megalong Cemetery (about 60 m back from the start).
There is a sign (about 35 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 25 m back from the start).
Find the car park at the start.
After another 410 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 45 m come to a car park.
Turn right.
About 25 m past the end is "Old Ford Reserve".
About 50 m past the end is "Old Ford Reserve".
Old Ford Reserve
Old Ford Reserve

Old Ford Reserve campsite is a few meters north of the Megalong Rd bridge over Megalong Creek. The campsite is accessible by car, has a (wheelchair accessible) toilet, and plenty of flat space to pitch a tent. Some nice groupings of trees and access to the creek makes this an OK place to stay. Been on the side of the road this campsite does attract some load campers at times. The campsite is about 500m north of the Six Foot Track crossing point at Megalong Rd.
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Old Ford Reserve campsite is a few meters north of the Megalong Rd bridge over Megalong Creek. The campsite is accessible by car, has a (wheelchair accessible) toilet, and plenty of flat space to pitch a tent. Some nice groupings of trees and access to the creek makes this an OK place to stay. Been on the side of the road this campsite does attract some load campers at times. The campsite is about 500m north of the Six Foot Track crossing point at Megalong Rd.

About 75 m past the end is a toilet.
This toilet is wheelchair accessible., equipped with a hand-washing basin.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 490 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Six Foot Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 44.7 km
Time 16 h, 2 days to 3 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 5 on route, on average they are 7.8 km apart with the largest gap of 13 km.

Shelter: There are 3 on route, on average they are 11.2 km apart with the largest gap of 43.4 km.

Toilet: There are 5 on route, on average they are 7.6 km apart with the largest gap of 18.9 km.

Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 8.9 km apart with the largest gap of 33.3 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
300 mSix Foot Track Information Shelter
Shelter
1.3 km[shelter]
Camp site
8.1 kmOld Ford Reserve
Campsite
8.1 kmOld Ford Reserve
Toilet
8.1 km[toilet]
Building
15.2 kmSix Foot Track Lodge
Campsite
15.6 kmCoxs River Campsite
Toilet
21.7 km[toilet]
Campsite
21.7 kmAlum Creek Camping ground
Campsite
34.8 kmBlack Range camping ground
Toilet
40.6 km[toilet]
Shelter
44.6 km[shelter]
Toilet
44.6 km[toilet]
Toilet
44.7 km[toilet]
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