MEGALONG VALLEY OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE
It might be one of the most iconic walks in the Blue Mountains, but we're not massive fans of the Six-Foot track. For those that have already done it, I'm sure you can attest to the significant amount of monotonous hill climbing on fire trails - not really our idea of a wilderness adventure.
So instead, we've created an epic overnight experience of only the good bits. Think lush gorges, wild river swims and an overnight stay at an eco-lodge - that's more like it!
Explore your own backyard in the company of an expert guide who will be sure to teach you new and wonderful facts about Sydney's diverse ecology
Spend a night at the Six-Foot Track EcoLodge, situated on the banks of Cox's River; either camping or inside the lodge accommodation
Feast on a delicious and gourmet menu, including a 6-hr, slow-cooked stew for dinner
Plunge into Cox's River for an authentic wild swimming experience
We'll all meet at the Explorer's Tree in Katoomba at 9 am, where your guide Sara will conduct a comprehensive gear check to ensure everyone has packed the essentials.
Today's hike will be along the historic Six-Foot track, descending down into the Megalong Valley all the way to Cox's river.
In the mid-afternoon, we will arrive at the beautiful Six-Foot Track Eco-Lodge, situated on the banks of Cox's River. It's completely up to you if you'd like to camp beside the river or stay inside one of the dorms (+$20/pp) on-site. We're also hiring out our camping gear, in case you wanted to borrow any items! See Extra's below for more details.
The afternoon will be yours to relax, swim in the river, or take a nap.
Situated on private property, the eco-lodge allows for campfires to be lit, so as the light starts to fade, we can snuggle around the fire, and enjoy a home-cooked meal of 6-hour slow-cooked stew (vegetarian options also available).
Being so far from the city, the stars will be sure to dazzle us all, as we climb gratefully into our tents or bunks for a cosy nights sleep in the wild.
Breakfast will be available from 6 am and includes a continental style buffet of muesli and cereal with milk, special lodge scrambled eggs (free-range), bacon, toast & sourdough bread, homemade marmalade & jam, tea and plunger coffee - YUM!
With all that food in our bellies, we'll be ready to get hiking, back along the trail and up towards the Explorer's Tree in Katoomba. It's a steep climb out of the valley, but there will be many breaks to rest and enjoy the beautiful views of the valley below.
We will arrive back at our vehicles at approximately 3 pm, where we can farewell our new local friends and return to our homes.
A two-day guided hike with Sara, the founder of Freeland Hiking Co.
A nights accommodation at the Six-Foot Track Eco-Lodge, either camping beside the river or staying inside a dorm on site (+$20/pp)
An all-you-can-eat dinner of meat slow-cooked over the campfire for 6 hours and served with mashed potato and rice (vegetarian available)
A continental breakfast of muesli and cereal with milk, special lodge scrambled eggs (free-range), bacon, toast & sourdough bread, homemade marmalade & jam, tea and plunger coffee
All national park fees and track fees
Emergency communications and first aid kits
Small-group experience with a maximum of 8 guests
Please note: Hot and cold drinks are also available at the lodge ($2.50 - $7.00) - tea, plunger coffee, soft drinks, local wine (Central Ranges - Mudgee, Orange), cider and a good selection of beer. Or you are welcome to bring your favourite drink and enjoy in moderation :-)
What do I need?
We ask everyone to please provide the following items:
Transport to the Explorer's Tree in Katoomba by 9am (see Extra's below if you'd like us to transport you). You can also ride the train to Katoomba, and then catch a cab (5minutes/$10) to the track head.
A hiking backpack to carry all personal belongings
A warm sleeping system if camping i.e. tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat etc.
Water bottle - preferably 2L as there are no refill opportunities along the track
Lunch for two days (see Extras below if you'd like us to cater for you!)
Comfortable walking shoes and clothes for 2-days hiking
Hat and sunscreen
Swimmers and towel (optional, but highly recommended)
Raincoat (see Extras below)
Camera or phone for some beautiful photos
We're trying to keep costs low for this experience, by stripping out the non-essential things for locals. But we're also all about making adventure easy, so we are happy to arrange the following extras for you if you'd prefer:
Return transport from a central Sydney CBD location ($50/pp)
A delicious lunch for Day 1 prepared on the track; gourmet salad rolls with cold meats or falafel, plus fresh fruit and an extra yummy treat! ($15/pp)
A takeaway lunch prepared by the lodge for Day 2 including two wraps with smoked meat, cheese, homemade spread & veg, nut bar & fruit ($15/pp)
Camping gear hire which includes a twin-share tent, two inflatable sleeping mats, two warm sleeping bags and two sleeping bag liners ($50/set).
An extremely comfortable and adjustable 75L hiking backpack, plus a waterproof liner ($20/pp)
A 3/4 length hiking raincoat to keep your dry and warm on the trail ($15/pp).
This track does include a relatively steep decline and incline. If you're concerned about your knees, you might consider hiring some Walking poles for the day ($5/pair)
If you would like to include any of these extras, please do so at the time of booking.
30km I 2-days
Moderate - Challenging Grade
Maximum Group Size 8
We are happy to include additional dates for private or large group bookings if the above dates do not suit. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss alternative departures.
Important information about lodge bookings
Due to COVID19, the Six-Foot Track Eco-lodge has limited the number of bookings for lodge accommodation. We will do our absolute best to secure you a spot in the lodge upon booking, but we highly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
If there are no beds available, we can either switch your booking to the camping option, or you will be entitled to a full refund.
Where do I meet the tour?
The Explorer's Tree, Katoomba - 9:am
If you're providing your own transport, then please meet us at The Explorer's Tree in Katoomba at 9 am. Don't worry, we'll include some further details with your booking confirmation.
What fitness level do I need?
Moderate - Challenging
The Six-Foot track in the Blue Mountains National Park is a moderate - challenging grade hike. The walk begins with a steep descent into the Megalong Valley, before levelling out with a gently undulating track down to Cox's River.
Naturally, on day 2, the return track involves a day of ascents, with a gentle climb out of Cox's River, and a steeper climb up to the Explorer's Tree at the end of the hike. The hike includes a lot of stairs.
A reasonable level of fitness is required to complete the track, but don't worry, we will take regular breaks to ensure this walk is enjoyable for all. You can expect to be walking for approximately 5 hours each day, broken up with regular breaks.