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Six Foot Track

The Six Foot Track is the best way to get the true feel of NSWs rich history and its evolution over the last 200 years. Winding through State forests and national parks, the track follows 

Small image of six foot track posterthe 45 kilometre route of the original 1884 horse track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.

It usually takes three days to walk the whole track, but shorter walks can also be taken on sections of the track where road access is possible, making the track a perfect day trip or overnight camping experience.

Crown Lands has developed a comprehensive map on the Six Foot Track. It is $10.00 and includes detailed track notes, points of interest, history, flora and fauna as well as safety tips. To purchase a map for $10 (plus postage and handling) from the NSW Trade and Investment Book Shop at Orange, call (02) 4931 6666, or email mineralpublication.orders@dpi.nsw.gov.au  You can also use the order form. Discounts are provided on Crown Lands trail map kits to wholesale and retail outlets. Please contact the Book Shop for details on the prices of map kits, postage & handling.

Steeped in history, the track begins at the Explorers' Tree on the great Western Highway between Katoomba and Medlow Bath and heads down through Nellie's Glen, past Bonnie Doon Falls and into the Megalong Valley to the historic Megalong Village.

From here, it continues through the valley, following the Cox's River, which you will cross by the Bowtells Swing Bridge before arriving at the Cox's River campsite.

The next section of the track takes you over the Mini Mini Saddle to the Alum Creek campsite which leads you to Little River, a tributary of the Cox's River. From here, climb up the Black Range to the highest point of the track before heading down the Binoomea Ridge to Jenolan Caves.

The track crosses differences in altitude, aspect, climate and soil types, leading to a wide variety of flora, including eucalyptus, wattles, tree ferns and other vegetation. Walkers are also likely to see native mammals such as kangaroos, wallaroos, echidnas, wombats and swamp wallabies and at night, possums may be seen in trees. Lizards and snakes are common and Nellie's Glen butterflies may be seen as will the 150 bird species which have been identified along the track.

See our great track overview (PDF 731 kb) for more information and ideas about your Six Foot Track walking adventure.

Campsites are located at Cox's River, Alum Creek and on the Black Range with facilities available at Cox's River and Black Range. There is also other accommodation available at Jenolan Caves.

For further information about walking the Six Foot Track, please read our frequently asked questions, visit Blue Mountains website or contact Crown Lands on 1300 886 235 or email: enquiries@lands.nsw.gov.au

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