Katoomba Area - Six Foot Track
The historic Six Foot Track is an exhilarating and challenging walk that takes you from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves through beautiful World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park wilderness. The route follows an 1884 heritage horse track and can be broken into day walks over three days.
Begin at the Explorers Tree, where Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson carved their names during their historic crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813. Following timber steps and glens, the track descends into the Megalong Valley, crossing Bowtells Swing Bridge, climbing the range, and arriving at Jenolan Caves.
Along the track you can camp at dedicated campgrounds – Old Ford Reserve, Coxs River, Black Range and Allum Creek. Not far north of Coxs River Campsite, you will find the Six Foot Track Lodge situated above the flats of the Coxs River along the Six Foot Track alternate route. Bookings must be made before commencing your walk.
On the last day of your walk, descend into the Jenolan Caves, one of the world's oldest cave systems, dating back at least 340 million years. Tour the huge impressive Lucas Cave, follow an ancient river passage through the Imperial Cave, or observe the beautiful crystalline decorations of Orient Cave.
You can find accommodation near the caves at Jenolan Caves Cottages. These eight self-contained, two bedroom, timber cottages are surrounded by a huge reserve, with kangaroos frolicking on the front lawn. Or spend the night in the historic Jenolan Caves House, a grand wilderness retreat dating back to 1897.
Before venturing out on a long hike or visiting a remote part of the Blue Mountains National Park, visit the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath to complete a trip intention form. You can also visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information on the Six Foot Track.