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Six Foot Track, Bowtells Swing Bridge, Cox's River, Megalong Valley

Six Foot Track

Bowtels Bridge

The Six Foot Track is a three day 44km walking track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.  The track was originally built as a bridle trail in 1884 and was planned as a shortcut to Jenolan Caves.  It is now a walking trail that will take you through state forests and national parks and some of the beautiful pristine valleys of the Blue Mountains.

The Six Foot Track can be done as a three day walk or it can be done as day trips from the accessible areas where the track meets the roads.

Day 1

The walk starts at Katoomba at the Explorers tree and descends into Megalong Valley through Nellie’s Glen. The undulating walk through Megalong Valley will take you past the abandoned Megalong Village, an historic shale mining village and through farmlands.

The walk will take you to the Cox’s River which can be crossed via Bowtells Swing Bridge which was built in 1991, or by ford. The steep banks of the river make the suspension bridge the easier option. There is a campsite located near the river which is the traditional resting place, before the long climb out of the valley.

Day 2

The second days walk will take you up Mini-Mini Saddle then back down to Alum Creek, before another climb to Pluviometer. It is then an easy incline to the Black Range Campsite.

Day 3

The third day will take you through rugged terrain to Jenolan Caves.

The walk is best undertaken in Spring or Autumn when the weather is kinder and the risk of bushfires is low.

The Six Foot Track Marathon is run every March since 1984 and has become a very popular long distance run and attracts runners from around the world.
 

Special thanks to Karen and Alecia Newton for the use of their photos.

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