Six Foot Track, New South Wales
Length: 44.8km (one-way)
Time: usually the hike is 3 times, 2 evenings however can perform it in less.
Difficulty: Moderate. There have been numerous kids doing this hike making use of their parents plus the course is well-marked. Remember that if you're achieving this over several time, you ought to carry your equipment to you. Achieving this solo in autumn, I transported between 15-18kg (with water) nevertheless could get away with less if you should be hiking with two or more individuals.
You will find liquid tanks (and drop commodes also) available at Coxs River camp tend to be and Black Range camping location but if you’re performing the stroll during a dry spell be careful that water are sparse. You will get water from Coxs River and there were some streams on the way. All water should always be treated before consumption.
Getting Here, Getting Away
By public transport, you'll go to and from Katoomba from Sydney by train. From Central facility it just take approximately 2 hours and works about hourly. Browse for timetables.
Top transportation solution to either start point is by Trolley Tours (trolleytours.com.au). Buses leave Katoomba to Jenolan Caves at 10:35am everyday and leave Jenolan Caves for Katoomba at 3:30pm. At time of writing, the one means coach ride ended up being $45.00.
Into the nineteenth Century, to aid the increasing tourism to Jenolan Caves, a fresh bridle trail from Katoomba was blazed, later developing the six-foot Track. It became disused for many many years until it was re-established when you look at the 80’s and signposted into stroll that it is today. This route can be done in 2 guidelines, Katoomba to Jenolan Caves or Jenolan Caves to Katoomba. Many people walk the six-foot Track from Katoomba consequently a killer 12km uphill slog regarding the second time.
we completed this track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. The stroll begins at Explorer’s Tree practically 3km from the Katoomba township. This tree could be the location where Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Wentworth carved their initials following the first known crossing of Blue Mountains in NSW in 1813. The tree died in the 1950’s nevertheless stump nonetheless stays). You are able to park your vehicle here if you should be operating (it is only from the Great Western Highway) you can also go or capture a taxi from Katoomba place.
The beginning of the walk could be a killer with high, irregular, downhills stairs for first number of kilometres. I took a trekking pole that has been priceless over the hike (especially with much pack). After descending to the rainforest of Blue Mountain nationwide Park, the path will clear into paddocks and vineyards before re-entering woodland and then ultimately causing the Coxs River. You have two alternatives for crossing the river. In the event that river is reasonably low it is possible to veer left and rock hop over the river. To the right, you will see Bowtell’s swing connection, a large suspension system connection that's about 15m above the river. The bridge is only able to be entered one person at any given time and does sway a little, but a nice and dried out experience. Following the bridge you'll walk at night six-foot Track Eco Lodge (which you are able to book beforehand to have access to a water, warm bedding and catered dinner, 6fttracklodge.com). The Coxs River camping location (at 15.7km level) is just another 800m along and provides a spacious camping location, gap toilets and a water tank) and is usually in which people stick to 1st night.