The Peak Potential Adventures group photo with Megalong Valley and the Blue Mountains in the distance as they trek along the Six Foot Track
Walk across Botwtells swing bridge on the Six Foot Track Blue Mountains Walk

STORY BY: Mark Henderson

One of the best walks in the Blue Mountains.

Peak Potential Adventures invites you to join us on a journey of discovery as we walk through some of Australia’s most historic and beautiful landscapes in the Blue Mountains on this Six Foot Track walk that only takes a weekend. This trek would be up there as one of the most popular and iconic Blue Mountains walks. On this adventure, you’ll meet many like-minded people who love adventure and the great outdoors. Because of the support vehicle, you’ll only need to carry a daypack with the rest of your overnight gear carried in the vehicle to your eco lodge accommodation at Coxs River. This adventure is suitable for many fitness and outdoor experience levels because it’s professionally guided, and the support vehicle follows the team most of the way.

Departing monthly, the Six Foot Track adventure is one of Peak Potential Adventure’s most achievable, fun, and accessible walks.

The challenge, which takes place in the historic Blue Mountains, located one and a half hours from Sydney CBD, takes adventurers across a trail blazed by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson, and William Charles Wentworth in 1813 as part of their journey across the Blue Mountains.

Peak Potential Adventure’s expedition leader, Shane Pophfer describes the adventure, “We sometimes call it the JENKAT because the trek runs from the Jenolan Caves (JEN) to Katoomba (KAT), and in its entirety, and the track is around 45 kilometres long,” said Shane.

“Although it might not be as challenging as some of our other adventures, it definitely does test your resolve. It’s also up there as one of the best Blue Mountains walks,” he said.

“I like to think of the Six Foot Track adventure as a trial run for some of our bigger adventures like Mt Kilimanjaro, Overland Track or Everest Base Camp as it helps to build confidence, but it is a challenge on its own, and when you complete it, there is a real sense of achievement — it’s rewarding,” Shane said.

The Six Foot Track adventure runs for two days over the weekend, with the team leaving the Jenolan Caves at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning.

What to expect on this Blue Mountains walk

“With Peak Potential Adventures, we aim to start the walk leaving from Jenolan Caves at around 7:45–8:00 AM, and on the first day, we walk to the eco lodge at Coxs River, with our aim to arrive between 3–3:30 PM; however, it is dependent on the team’s speed, but we like to get in there before 4:00 PM,” Shane said.

“We spend the night at the eco lodge, get the fire going and enjoy some downtime at the eco lodge. It’s usually really good fun and a great time just to catch up and chat about how the walk is going. We put a good feed on as well.

“The next morning, we aim to leave the eco lodge around 7:30 AM, walking to our first stop at Megalong Valley, which we usually get to around 10-10:30 AM. From there, we take the final leg of the journey, aiming to get to Explorers Tree between 12:30-1:30 PM, wrapping up there at Katoomba,” said Shane.

“Right at the end, we have one final challenge on this Blue Mountains walk. We call it “Dummy Spit Hill”. It’s the one part of the walk that does test your resolve, but I think it’s a really good feature to have right at the end, as it makes people work for it and challenges them – for us, it’s a fantastic finish, and you get the finished feeling.”

Unlike other Peak Potential Adventure challenges, Shane believes The Six Foot Track adventure is something that anyone who is willing can tackle.

An adventure for everybody

“One of the best things for people who want to attempt the walk is that we run a support vehicle for just about all of it, so if it does become too challenging, you can jump in for part of the journey. This way, we think it opens the adventure up to anyone who wants to give it a go,” Shane said.

As part of the Peak Potential Adventures Six Foot Track adventure, teams are generally limited to 12 to allow for a more personal and enjoyable experience.

“We honestly believe we offer the best program for this walk in Australia,” said Shane. “Clients are always rewarded with great scenery on this Blue Mountains walk because it passes through so many great features, and the landscape is always changing,” he said.

“As part of this, we try to make the adventure manageable for everyone. We keep the numbers limited to 12 as we don’t want to clutter it, and we want to ensure we can be available for everyone.”

Much of the necessary gear will be provided by Peak Potential Adventures; however, it is important to wear comfortable walking shoes or boots, a jumper and warm pants, toiletries, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Morning tea, lunch, and dinner are provided on Saturday, while breakfast and morning team is provided on Sunday, as well as a variety of snacks throughout the two-day walk.

If you are interested in finding out more or joining Peak Potential Adventures on this historic Blue Mountains walk traversing the Six Foot Track, you can find more information about the adventure here

Team photo on the Six Foot Track over looking Megalong Valley on the Blue Mountains walk