- Six Foot Track, Megalong Valley NSW, Australia
Ranked among the remarkable hikes in Australia, the Six Foot Track presents a demanding 44km journey from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. Typically completed over three days, this trail traverses the Blue Mountains National Park and state forests, tracing an 1884 heritage track to the Caves designed to accommodate a horse-drawn vehicle with a width of, metaphorically speaking, six feet.
Begin the Six Foot Track at the Explorer Tree in Katoomba, where the names of Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth, and William Lawson were etched during their momentous expedition across the Blue Mountains in 1813. Following a trail adorned with timber steps and picturesque glens, the path leads down into the enchanting Megalong Valley.
Proceeding from the historic cemetery, the route meanders through idyllic farmland, passing by Dryridge Estate and Megalong Creek Estate wineries before descending to the Coxs River. Navigate the precarious crossing over Bowtells Swing Bridge, or take a moment to indulge in a refreshing dip in the waters.
On the third day, ascend the range before making the descent into Jenolan Caves, home to one of the world’s oldest cave systems, dating back at least 340 million years. Explore the awe-inspiring Lucas Cave, trace an ancient river passage through the Imperial Cave, or marvel at the exquisite crystalline formations in Orient Cave.