New South Wales has some of the most stunning natural majesty in Australia. No where is that beauty summed up like the in old horse trail, the Six Foot Track. Now as Blue Mountains tours are becoming more popular hikers (and occasional marathon competitors) are more common along the one hundred and fifty year-old trek. The popular trail takes you over 44 kilometers and elevations ranging 800 meters. Most Six Foot Track walking tours take place over a few days, with functional campsites prudently placed.
From the hike’s launch, descending at Explorers Tree, the local plant life will entrance. Through vibrant fauna, the track leads into the dense rainforest. By the end of the downhill, you find yourself in the Megalong Valley. Century-old Aboriginal movements can be followed through the bends of the valley alongside remains of a mining settlement nearby.
For some time, the track follows the twists of the Coxs River. Tall vegetation surrounds the shale-heavy riverbed. The difficulty of a Six Foot Track tour is not to be understated, as the river eventually reveals an intimidating suspension-bridge.
The next leg takes you on a steady uphill, allowing one to really take in a full view of the valley behind. The small falls and creeks along the path can be a tranquil moment, or a refreshing diversion for the traveler. Similarly, the butterflies, large mammals, and many birds will keep the most avid watcher busy.
A descent into the Jenolan Caves wraps up the journey with a stunning tribute to time and erosion. The limestone caves are truly ancient. The geological wonders span complex crystals to underground rivers. Be it sound of one’s footsteps or the rush of running water, the natural amplifier has always given explorers a humbled moment. The system of tunnels is vast, allowing a fulfilling end to the excursion.
The track has taken you through plethora of strange vegetation thick with kangaroos and echidnas and everything in between. It has shown you highs and lows, spanning several starkly different environments. It has shared historical artifacts, as well as a context in which to understand them. The hike is trying, and tricky in some areas, but indisputably well-worth it.