3 Days

44.8 km One way

2066 m

Hard track
This classic walk takes you from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves via a historic horse route. The walk travels mainly along well-maintained service tracks and explores Nellie’s Glen, Megalong Valley, Cox’s River, Black Range, and Jenolan. There are well established and popular campsites along the way.

Maps for the Six Foot Track walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series Six Foot Track NSW-six-foot-track
Hampton 1:25 000 Map Series 89304S HAMPTON NSW-89304S
Jenolan 1:25 000 Map Series 89303N JENOLAN NSW-89303N
Katoomba 1:25 000 Map Series 89301S KATOOMBA NSW-89301S
Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 KATOOMBA 8930

Cross sectional view of the Six Foot Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Six Foot Track

Daily actual walking time estimates

Day Walking Time Length
1 6 hrs 10 mins 17.1 km
2 6 hrs 30 mins 19 km
3 3 hrs 39 mins 10.1 km

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 44.8 km
Time 3 Days

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


18km of this walk has short steep hills and another 17km is very steep. Whilst another 8km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 1.8km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

33km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 10km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 1.6km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 430m follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 32km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 13km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 33km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 11km requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 37km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


24km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 19km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (1.6km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Six Foot Track walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Six Foot Track walk.

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/sft

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂
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