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Hiking in Six Foot Track
KATOOMBA TO JENOLAN CAVES
The Six Foot Track winds through State forests and National parks following the 45 kilometre route of the original horse track marked from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves in 1884. 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.
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, past the Old Ford Reserve, 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 past historic huts and homesteads, 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 to complete the track.
Due to differences in altitude, aspect, climate and soil types on this track, there is a wide variety of flora to be seen, including eucalyptus, wattles, tree ferns and other vegetation. You 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, snakes and Nellie’s Glen butterflies may also be seen, as well as up to 150 bird species which have been identified along the track.
Basic campsites are located at Cox’s River, Alum Creek and on the Black Range. There is also a camping ground and other accommodation available at Jenolan Caves.