Six foot track, Megalong Valley, New South Wales

by John Wilson June. 27, 2020 365 views

A winter's day walk along one section of a historic horse trail in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

The Megalong Valley, beyond the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

The Megalong Valley, beyond the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

The six foot track was created in the late 1800s as a horse trail. Today it is popular with hikers as it traverses both farmland and national park for 44 kilometres.

The six foot track was created in the late 1800s as a horse trail. Today it is popular with hikers as it traverses both farmland and national park for 44 kilometres.

Old and new - dead eucalypt foreground with a new vineyard in the background. Like many people, I have ambivalent feelings about the countryside - I love the vistas of rural New South Wales but just wish they'd not taken out so many trees in the early days of European settlement. And even today.

Old and new - dead eucalypt foreground with a new vineyard in the background. Like many people, I have ambivalent feelings about the countryside - I love the vistas of rural New South Wales but just wish they'd not taken out so many trees in the early days of European settlement. And even today.

Jenny wren on an old fence post supporting barbed wire. That's a pretty iconic New South Wales scene for you.

Jenny wren on an old fence post supporting barbed wire. That's a pretty iconic New South Wales scene for you.

The male is the more striking wren but I didn’t get a great shot of it.

The male is the more striking wren but I didn’t get a great shot of it.

And who's that hiding in the bushes?

And who's that hiding in the bushes?

The trail passes through bushland punctuated by granite boulders.

The trail passes through bushland punctuated by granite boulders.

Native bee hives clinging on like stalactites to this rock overhang.

Native bee hives clinging on like stalactites to this rock overhang.

There are mountain creeks and small pools along the track.

There are mountain creeks and small pools along the track.

Eventually you reach the lovely cascades of the Cox's River, flowing over sheets of granite.

Eventually you reach the lovely cascades of the Cox's River, flowing over sheets of granite.

Bowtell's suspension bridge, built by the army, crosses the river - it was way too narrow and wobbled way too much for my liking. It was hard enough just grabbing this photo before I chickened out. One hand for the camera, one hand for the lens cap ... what about the rail?

Bowtell's suspension bridge, built by the army, crosses the river - it was way too narrow and wobbled way too much for my liking. It was hard enough just grabbing this photo before I chickened out. One hand for the camera, one hand for the lens cap ... what about the rail?

Others were braver than me.

Others were braver than me.

Downstream is a camping area.

Downstream is a camping area.

But we weren't staying overnight. Mid-afternoon light hitting the grass near the camp ground meant it was time to head back up the hill.

But we weren't staying overnight. Mid-afternoon light hitting the grass near the camp ground meant it was time to head back up the hill.

It's a beautiful area but not everything is perfect. The `farmers' friend' weeds are so annoying with their sticky seeds that cling to your clothing. They're everywhere and I don't think there's any practical way to eradicate them. Exotic weeds are such a problem in Australia.

It's a beautiful area but not everything is perfect. The `farmers' friend' weeds are so annoying with their sticky seeds that cling to your clothing. They're everywhere and I don't think there's any practical way to eradicate them. Exotic weeds are such a problem in Australia.

West of the Blue Mountains is the start of sheep country.

West of the Blue Mountains is the start of sheep country.

It was a two-hour walk back to where we started. By now the late afternoon winter light was casting a glow over the countryside.

It was a two-hour walk back to where we started. By now the late afternoon winter light was casting a glow over the countryside.

A perfect winter's day out on the six foot track.

A perfect winter's day out on the six foot track.

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Alexis Plunder 5 months ago

scenic place. I like #10.

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John Wilson Replied to Alexis Plunder 5 months ago

Thanks Alexis! Number 10 is my favourite too.

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Heike 5 months ago

Very nice photos! I really would like to walk this trail, it's a very nice landscape. The bee hives are mega cool, and the kangaroo made me laugh. smile

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John Wilson Replied to Heike 5 months ago

Thanks Heike! I love travelling but the pandemic has helped me appreciate places closer to home.

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