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Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River)
Time: 5 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
12.1 km SSW of Blackheath
Length: 12.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 12.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains(LGA)
Climb: 772 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 772 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Hard

Starting from Megalong Rd, this walk will take you past the historic Megalong Cemetery and then through some farmland as you wander along private dirt roads on part of the Six Foot Track. Just shy of 1km into the walk, you will then follow a track as it crosses the Guyvey Bridge and meanders through the pleasant open farmland with views of the distant escarpment. In time, the walk leaves the farms and explores the more dense forest and granite boulders before coming to the granite carved Coxs River. There is a chance to explore the river up close or take a bird's-eye view from the swing bridge. The tracknotes also describe a side trip to the Six Foot Track lodge, great if you want to stay and explore the area for longer. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River)

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River) bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River)
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Int of 6 Foot Track and Megalong Rd
Megalong Cemetery
Int Near Guyver Bridge
Private Gate
Bowtells Swing Bridge
Bowtells Bridge West
Clearing east of lodge
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of 6 Foot Track and Megalong Rd

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Six Foot Track 1:50 000 Map Series NSW-six-foot-track 
 Hampton 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-89304S 
 Katoomba 1:100 000 Map Series 8930 

Photo Gallery

 
Car park on Megalong Rd
 
Car park on Megalong Rd +
 
Six Foot Track trackhead on Megalong Road
 
Six Foot Track trackhead on Megalong Road +
 
Information sign near Megalong Rd
 
Information sign near Megalong Rd +

 
Megalong Cemetery
 
Megalong Cemetery +
 
Thomas (Alice) McLaughlin's  Grave in Megalong Cemetery
 
Thomas (Alice) McLaughlin's Grave in Megalong Cemetery +
 
Crossing a cattle grate among the farm land on the Six Foot Track
 
Crossing a cattle grate among the farm land on the Six Foot Track +

 
Views of the escarpment from the Euroka property on the Six Foot Track
 
Views of the escarpment from the Euroka property on the Six Foot Track +
 
Six Foot Track sign near Guyver Bridge
 
Six Foot Track sign near Guyver Bridge +
 
Guyver Bridge on the Six Foot Track
 
Guyver Bridge on the Six Foot Track +

 
Six Foot Track walking through open farmland west of Megalong Rd
 
Six Foot Track walking through open farmland west of Megalong Rd +
 
Climbing a fence using a stile
 
Climbing a fence using a stile +
 
Six Foot Track on the Euroka Property
 
Six Foot Track on the Euroka Property +

 
Six Foot Track winding over the rolling farm hills
 
Six Foot Track winding over the rolling farm hills +
 
Crossing a gully just west of the main farmland near Megalong Road
 
Crossing a gully just west of the main farmland near Megalong Road +
 
35km Six Foot Track arrow post
 
35km Six Foot Track arrow post +

 
Crossing a pleasant gully on the Six Foot Track
 
Crossing a pleasant gully on the Six Foot Track +
 
Gate near the back of the Euroka Property
 
Gate near the back of the Euroka Property +
 
Stile climbing over a timber fence
 
Stile climbing over a timber fence +

 
View high over the Coxs River Valley
 
View high over the Coxs River Valley +
 
Narrow Six Foot Track winding down the side of the valley
 
Narrow Six Foot Track winding down the side of the valley +
 
Six Foot Track on eastern side of the Coxs River
 
Six Foot Track on eastern side of the Coxs River +

 
Lower Euroka Gate
 
Lower Euroka Gate +
 
Well maintained track with timber steps among the granite boulders
 
Well maintained track with timber steps among the granite boulders +
 
Six Foot Track winding along a long set of timber steps east of the Coxs River
 
Six Foot Track winding along a long set of timber steps east of the Coxs River +

 
Wild bee hive in granite overhand south of the Coxs River
 
Wild bee hive in granite overhand south of the Coxs River +
 
Six Foot track on the east side of the Coxs River
 
Six Foot track on the east side of the Coxs River +
 
Granite boulders scattered along track north of the swing bridge
 
Granite boulders scattered along track north of the swing bridge +

 
Cox River north of Bowtells Swing Bridge
 
Cox River north of Bowtells Swing Bridge +
 
Intersection just above Bowtells Bridge
 
Intersection just above Bowtells Bridge +
 
Bowtells Bridge
 
Bowtells Bridge +

 
Plaque beside Bowtells Bridge
 
Plaque beside Bowtells Bridge +
 
View from Bowtells Swing Bridge
 
View from Bowtells Swing Bridge +
 
Coxs River from Bowtells Bridge
 
Coxs River from Bowtells Bridge +

 
Bowtells Bridge from the Coxs River
 
Bowtells Bridge from the Coxs River +
 
Coxs River
 
Coxs River +
 
Crossing Bowtells Swing Bridge
 
Crossing Bowtells Swing Bridge +

 
Coxs River upstream of swing bridge
 
Coxs River upstream of swing bridge +
 
Coxs River near the Six Foot Track
 
Coxs River near the Six Foot Track +
 
Six Foot Track Lodge
 
Six Foot Track Lodge +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River) bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 13km
Time 5 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
3.4km of this walk is very steep and another 1.9km has short steep hills. Whilst another 900m has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 95m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 870m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 870m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 3.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 3.4km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Int of 6 Foot Track and Megalong Rd
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Int of 6 Foot Track and Megalong Rd to Megalong Cemetery
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 96 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
From the car park on Megalong Road (about 400m south of Megalong Creek), this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign[1] over the cattle grate[2] or stile[3] and goes beside the large sheltered 'Six Foot Track' information sign[4]. Here the walk heads gently downhill along the dirt road[5] for about 80m to come beside a stone memorial[6], marking 'Megalong Cemetery'[7] (on your left).

Megalong Cemetery (historical) Alt = 566 m
The Megalong Cemetery became the final resting place for at least 14 people who died between 1894 and 1931[8]. Many of the grave sites[9] are in poor repair or can no longer be easily found - please take care in the area to avoid any further damage. A tall stone monument[10] marks the edge of the cemetery on the Six Foot Track, about 100m west of Megalong Road. This cemetery is currently under the management of the Blue Mountains City Council, and is recognised by the National Trust.[11]

(0.1 km) Megalong Cemetery to Int Near Guyver Bridge
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 770 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -34 m
Continue straight: From beside 'Megalong Cemetery'[12], this walk heads gently downhill along the dirt road[13] for about 80m to pass through gate with a 'No Through Road' sign[14]. Just shy of 300m later, this walk passes a few driveways, beside the farmland[15] to cross another cattle grate[16]. Then about 150m later, the road leads close to Megalong Creek[17], where a sign reminds visitors this is private land[18]. About 30m further on, the main dirt road veers right at a Y-intersection[19] then crosses a cattle grate[20]. Here the walk heads uphill along the dirt road for just over 200m (with views of the escarpment behind[21]) to cross another grate and come to an intersection marked with a 'Six Foot Track' sign pointing right into the valley[22].

(0.87 km) Int Near Guyver Bridge to Euroka back gate
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.85 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 69 m Descent = -122 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track' sign[23] downhill along the narrow track into the valley. The walk now crosses a small creek on the timber 'Guyver Bridge'[24], named in honour of Jon Guyver who worked hard to redevelop the 6FT as the track coordinator/administrator until 2010. Here the walk heads up the timber steps[25] and over a rise[26]. The track now follows a wire fence down through the farmland[27] and across a valley (above a dam) for almost 100m to metal stile just before a dirt trail[28]. Here the walk turns right and crosses the fence using the stile[29], then follows a 'Six Foot Track' sign along the track as it undulates over a series of hills[30] for about 300m before crossing another fence using another metal stile[31] beside a large tree. The track now leads uphill for 200m to pass a 'Private Land - No Camping before Coxs River Reserve' sign[32], then winds along the side of the hill for a further 150m before heading into a wooded forest and down some timber steps[33]. The walk then crosses a steep gully and winds along the side of the hill for just over 100m to pass a '35km' 6FT arrow post[34], then 150m later, crosses another fence using a metal stile[35]. Here the walk continues for another 600m through a mix of farmland and open forest, crossing a few more steep gullies with timber steps to head through a closed gate[36], marked with a few 'Private Property' signs[37].

(2.72 km) Private Gate to Bowtells Bridge East
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 3.43 km Time = 1 hr 25 mins
Climb = 157 m Descent = -348 m
Continue straight: From the gate, this walk heads downhill along the narrowing track, keeping the valley to your right. After about 120m, this walk crosses a timber fence on a metal stile[38], then continues down the track over a few large rocks for just over 200m, to an intersection with a wide trail. Here the walk turns right then immediately left[39], to continue along the track as it narrows again. The track then leads down along the side of the valley for about 600m and passes through another usually closed gate[40], then about 250m later, the track passes a few granite boulders[41] and heads down a few timber steps. About 400m after this, this walk heads down a 100m-long series of timber steps[42] to cross a gully and find a series of large granite boulders[43] - one of the small overhangs is home to a wild bee hive[44]. The track leads out of the valley and gently down along the side of the hill for about 1km, where the valley opens up with wider views down to the Coxs River[45], then heads down some more timber steps[46]. About 250m later, the track leads down another set of timber steps[47] to then head through a pleasant lush gully with views close to the river[48]. The track then heads along the hillside for another 150m to an intersection (just above the swing bridge, to your right), marked with a 'Six Foot Track' and 'Alternative Bridge' signs[49].

Bowtells Swing Bridge Alt = 296 m
This suspension footbridge[50] spans the Coxs River and provides an alternate route for the Six Foot Track when the river is in flood[51]. Regardless of weather, this route is now becoming more popular with many walkers, wanting to avoid the river crossing. The bridge was built and opened in 1992 by the Royal Australian Engineers. The bridge is named after a fellow soldier of the builders, Corporal Bob Bowtell, who suffocated and died in foul air whilst attempting to clear a tunnel of the VC during the Vietnam war [52]. Bowtell grew up in Katoomba and is now buried in West Malaysia.

(6.15 km) Bowtells Swing Bridge to Bowtells Swing Bridge North
Track: Moderate - duckboard
Length = 130 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Alternative Bridge When River High' sign[53] down the timber steps[54] to the southern end of the 'Bowtells Bridge'[55]. Here the walk climbs the ramp and crosses the Cox's River on the suspension bridge[56], observing the 'Only one Person at a time'[57] safety sign. This crossing can take some time with a large group - the bridge does swing a fair bit and people concerned by heights may find this challenging. The bridge spans 100m, giving great views of the river below[58]. On the far side, this walk steps off the bridge onto the large rock platform[59].

(6.28 km) Bowtells Bridge West to Six Foot Track Lodge
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 793 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 49 m Descent = -73 m
Continue straight: From the north side of the bridge, this walk heads up the timber steps through the dense forest[60] to soon pass the 'Bowtells Bridge' sign[61]. At the top of these steps, the track bends left then leads along the side of the hill for 500m, crossing a few gullies[62] and undulating up and down a series of timber steps to then pass between a couple of fences posts[63]. Here the walk continues down a series of timber steps[64] to a clearing and intersection marked with a 'Private Land - No Camping' sign[65].
Turn sharp right: From the intersection and clearing, this walk follows the 'Camping Ground-500mtrs' sign[66] north up the timber steps. The track soon bends left and follows the side of the hill[67] for about 130m to then head through a gate with a 'Welcome' sign[68]. The walk continues along the clear track for another 70m to the intersection with the timber path[69] just below the 'Six Foot Track Lodge'[70].

Six Foot Track Lodge Alt = 291 m
The Six Foot Track Lodge is situated above the flats of the Coxs River along the Six Foot Track alternate route, not far north of Coxs River Campsite. The lodge consists of two cabins, each with the capacity to sleep twelve people in bunks[71]. The cabins are equipped with linen, warm blankets, log fire[72], pizza oven[73], tank water[74] and has its own outhouse toilet[75]. At $35[76] per person per night, this is a very pleasant way to spend an evening. Authentic meals can also be organised for a fee. For more information, visit www.6fttracklodge.com or call Pavel on 0421 932 631. Walk-ins are welcome, however to ensure beds are available, booking in advance is recommended.

Drive from Int of 6 Foot Track and Megalong Rd
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddy Pallin 166 Katoomba St , Katoomba (02) 4782 4466 7.4 km
Summit Gear 80- Bathurst Rd , Katoomba (02) 4782 3018 7.6 km
Simdra Pet & Hobby Mart 45 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6352 4422 29.2 km
Lithgow 4WD Centre 281 Main St , Lithgow (02) 6353 1899 29.2 km
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 36 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Megalong Rd to Bowtells Swing Bridge (Coxs River)
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5 BIN05 Fire Tower MT BINDO
Emergency use only
22 km (to the WNW)
7 VMC7 Fire Tower MT BINDO 22 km (to the WNW)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 27 km (to the NNW)
4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 37 km (to the E)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 41 km (to the ENE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Central Ranges fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      27°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu16°|26°Shower or two.
Fri15°|28°Mostly sunny.
Sat12°|22°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Walker Feedback

Comments
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John Massar - NPA Walk Leader IP:203.45.118.xxx | 2011-05-04 01:25:03
I have recently done this walk twice in a month and it's a great walk. The track is quite easy and in mostly good condition with some minor washout sections. The scenery is fantastic along the way and the swing bridge is great. Not for one who has height issues. I would recommend this as a great introductory walk. A great drive down from Blackheath and possible pickup from the station.
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