• Length: 45km

  • Duration: 3 days

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Explorers Tree, Katoomba

  • End: Caves House, Jenolan

  • Closest Town: Katoomba

  • Location: Blue Mountains National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 121km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.7036

  • Longitude: 150.2900


Six Foot Track is a 45km, grade 4 One Way hike located in Blue Mountains National Park New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 3 days to complete.


The Six Foot Track is an iconic trail in the Blue Mountains, travelling from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves on an old route. It was named the Six Foot Track because of its width, allowing horses to easily pass. This walk can be done as a multi-day hike over 2 or 3 days, camping at Cox’s River, Alum Creek, Black Range campsites. It can also be done with luggage transfer, staying at Eco Lodge. For the fit, it makes a great 1 day endurance challenge – a number of walking groups do this challenge annually. The very fit can run it in the Six Foot Track Ultra-Marathon.

Getting there

Transport options include: car to start, with a very long car shuffle. A better option is car to start at Katoomba, and then catch the daily bus from Jenolan back. Note that the bus option will require a night at Jenolan – a variety of accommodation is available at Caves House, and a campsite is nearby. Katoomba can also be reached by train, with a cab ride to the start. The walk can also be done in reverse.


Total distance: 45268 m
Max elevation: 1213 m
Min elevation: 267 m
Total climbing: 1773 m
Total descent: -2027 m
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