We walked the Six Foot Track through the Blue Mountains with lifesanadventure.com, a specialist outdoor activities company based in Sydney .
The track follows the 45km route of the original 1884 horse track between Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. Crossing mountain ranges and falling into deep valleys, the track features sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and panoramas of richly-forested valleys.
We spent the first night in a Bushwalking Lodge near the picturesque Cox's River (where we bathed) and the second night camping out in the bush under the stars.
We paid for the deluxe glamping package which included our overnight pack being transported each day to the lodge / campsite / caves, pre-erected tented accommodation and fireside chair, plus return transfers from the Jenolan caves to our hotel in Katoomba.
The food and service was of the highest quality and included:
2 x breakfasts (juice, fresh fruit, cereal etc)
3 x lunches (tasty wraps, smoked salmon, salads etc)
2 x Gourmet dinners (BBQ fish, spicy curry, desert, cheese and biscuits etc)
Fresh fruit and snacks during the walk
Alcohol (beer and wine) and refreshments
At the end of the walk we had time to enjoy lunch and explore the magnificent Jenolan Caves (additional charge) before being transported back to our hotel.
Day by Day:
Day 1. We started our walk near the Explorer Tree where we met our guide Daniel and followed the track down in to the valley. We stopped for lunch in a picturesque location with views of the mountains. By late afternoon, we crossed the Bowtells Swing Suspension bridge enroute to our campsite on the beautiful Coxs River. There is no running water at the camp site so we bathed in the river. Brrr, it was cold!
Day 2. A challenging morning awaited us with 3kms of steep track rising over 400 metres climbing the slope from little river to the ridge of Black Range. We stopped for lunch at a pretty spot at the top of the hill over looking the valley before continuing the walk. That afternoon we followed the fire trail along Black Range passing through wooded country and camped out in the bush under the stars.
Day 3. We walked along the steep fire trail down Binoomera Ridge passing Carlotta Arch before arriving at Jenolan Caves where we had lunch before exploring the caves (additional charge).
Our guide Daniel, was supported by Mark and his wife Vikki (the people behind lifesanadventure.com) who joined us for the evening at Coxs River, entertaining us with interesting stories and anecdotes, and arranged for our overnight packs to be transported, tents erected etc.
Everyone at lifesanadventure.com did their very best to ensure we had a memorable experience including arranging the dates of the trek to suit our already overflowing itinerary; providing cups, plates, sleeping bags, torches and other equipment we couldn’t transport from England; and emailing us before we departed to give us an update on the weather / make sure we brought the correct clothes.
We paid AUD 399 per person, but given everything that was included; and given the great attention to detail by Mark, Vikki and the lifesanadventure.com team; this package would be great value at twice the price!
We chatted to some people walking with a rival company along the way. They were quite jealous. Not only had we paid a lot less than they had, but we had much better facilities and service too!
Take advantage of the lifesanadventure.com team’s local knowledge and ask them for recommendations of things to do and see in the local area. I followed Mark’s recommendation the following day and tested my 4x4 on a trip via the dirt roads to Newnes to visit the Glow Worm Tunnel. Highly recommended.
OUR COMPLETE ITINERARY:
Sydney: Park Hyatt (H)
Blue Mountains: Lilianfels (H)
Blue Mountains: Trek with Life's an Adventure (O)
Nelsons Bay : Amarana Beach Resort (A)
Port Macquarie: Quality Inn HW Boutique (H)
Coffs Harbour: Promised Land Cottages (A)
Byron: Byron at Byron (H)
Gold Coast: Palazzo Versace (H)
Airlie Beach: The Peninsula (A)
Whitsunday Islands: Coral Trekker (O)
Hamilton Island: Qualia (H)
Darwin: Sky City (H)
Litchfield National Park: Adventure Tours (O)
Kakadu National Park: Adventure Tours (O)
Ayers Rock (Uluru) & The Olgars (Kata Tjuta) National Park: Longitude 131° (H)
Perth: The Richardson (H)
(H) = Hotel (A) = Apartment (O) = Other