Day 1: Nellies Glen Katoomba to Coxs River
PRE-TOUR STAY: A pre-tour night at the historic Carrington Hotel can be organised when you book your tour including dinner, bed and breakfast. This hotel was the original starting point for those leaving from Katoomba to travel to Jenolan Caves on the old Bridle trail. This art deco manor is in the heart of Katoomba with shops, cafes and restaurants at your doorstep.
MEETNG TIME: 8.30am
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 10-minute transfer from the Carrington Hotel to the start of our walk. Afternoon: walk directly into our accommodation.
TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 16kms. 6 hours walking with breaks. Medium grade.
TERRAIN: The walk starts on a wide, well-formed gravel track before becoming a narrow, natural foot track and later using wide, gravel roads.. There is a steep descent with formed steps. Some sections of the track can be uneven with slippery rocks and there are some creek crossings and stiles (ladders over fences). The later part of the track is undulating.
FLEXIBLE WALKING: Today’s walk can be shortened for those that don’t want to walk the full distance. Just chat to your guides at Dryridge winery during lunch and you can travel with the support vehicle to the accommodation.
WALKING ITINERARY: Meet your guides in the foyer of the Carrington Hotel Katoomba from here we transfer to the start of the trail. We make our way through the rainforest of Nellies Glen as we descend the Blue Mountains escarpment. Make sure you look up on the way to see the dramatic views above you. Walk through rural areas complete with horses that may come to the fence to say hello until we reach the charming Dryridge Estate Winery in the Megalong Valley with spectacular views over the Blue Mountains escarpment. We enjoy a lunch stop here and wine tasting. After lunch, we follow the rolling green hills until we reach the pretty Coxs river. From here we cross the historic Bowtell Swing Bridge and exciting river crossing (for those that want to avoid the bridge our guide can help you cross the river an alternative way). We follow along the banks of the river until we arrive at our accommodation at the Six Foot Track Eco Bunkhouse. This accommodation is ideally located on the trail. We have chosen this accommodation due to its location near the pretty Coxs River and the fact that the nearest accommodation from here is over an hour away’s drive away. The accommodation here is a basic bunkhouse overlooking the trees with an outdoor entertaining area and fireplace. As they are off the grid there is no power or running water. The accommodation has a basic camp shower, however there is nothing better than after a day’s walk taking a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Coxs River below. Afterwards, sit on the deck and take in the serenity whilst dinner is cooked for you. Tonight enjoy a hearty dinner served with wine prepared by your guides. The beds at the Eco Bunkhouse are large bunk beds with privacy curtains in the one room with sheets and blankets. Guests have the option of upgrading to their own dome tent and mattress which will be set up for you when you arrive below the bunkhouse near the river.
Day 2: Coxs River to Black Range
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: walk directly from our accommodation to the trail. Afternoon: 15 minutes transfer to our accommodation.
TRAIL NOTES: Walk: Approximately 17kms. 6 hours walking with breaks. Medium to Hard grade.
TERRAIN: “6ft” wide undulating trail with a firm surface and lots of uphills. 800m cumulative ascent for the day.
FLEXIBLE WALKING: Today’s walk can be shortened for those that don’t want to walk the full distance. Just chat to your guides before setting out this morning and we will arrange our support vehicle to drop you off later avoiding the morning 400m uphill and allowing you to have a relaxing morning at Coxs River.
WALKING ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast on the deck before we set out on our walk. Today has many uphill sections so walking poles will come in handy as we will be asscending 800 metres over the course of the day. Our morning walk will be the most challenging of the day. We follow the 6ft wide trail as it snakes it way up the hill passing through wooded country to Mini Mini saddle where we stop for lunch. Make sure you stop often to see the views back over the valley as you make your way up to Black Range. Once we reach Black Range our guide will transfer us down to Jenolan Caves House for our evening stay. After a refreshing shower, join the group in the delightful Chisholm’s Restaurant to enjoy a two-course meal featuring local produce and wine and chat about the day’s adventures.
Day 3: Jenolan Caves to Black Range
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: walk directly from your accommodation to the track. Afternoon: 1 hour transfer from Black Range to the Carrington Hotel Katoomba.
TRAIL DETAILS: Approximately 10.1kms. 4 hours walking with breaks. Grade: Medium grade.
TERRAIN: There is a steep ascent at the start of the day and other small ascents and descents throughout the day. Total cumulative ascent of 250m. The track has a formed, firm gravel surface ranging from a wide foot track to old 4WD trails.
FLEXIBLE ITINERARY: For those not wishing to do a cave tour this morning our guides will take you on a walk around the Blue Lake.
WALK ITINERARY: This morning after breakfast we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Baal Cave, renowned for its beauty and spectacular features. We enter the Temple of Baal Cave via the ‘Binoomea Cut’ a long manmade tunnel. Then, they travel down the ‘Dragon’s Throat’, via a dramatic winding staircase. There are 2 massive chambers, one 42 metres high and filled with beautiful formations. One of these formations, the 9 metre tall ‘Angel’s Wing’ shawl, is one of the largest cave shawls in the world. The cave also offers beautiful examples of crystal helictites. After we start our walk for the day. (Please note at present Jenolan Caves is not open due to COVID, a trip on Scenic World in Katoomba will be substituted instead until a safe COVID plan can be put in place for the caves). Today’s walk we will do in the reverse direction to save any backtracking and walk from the caves to Black Range. We make our way to Carlotta Arch above the caves area for some fantastic photo opportunities then hike to Binoomera Ridge through the peaceful bushland. Along the way, we will pass the lawns of the Jenolan Cottages a favourite stomping ground for a mob of kangaroos. We finally arrive at Black Range where our journey ends. From here we will be transferred back to Katoomba the end of a magnificent journey.
Finish time: Approximately 5.00pm