Nellie's Glen Lookout
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

50 min to 1 h

2 km
return

↑ 111 m
↓ -111 m

Moderate track
This walk has heritage interest and views, starting at the famous Explorers Tree and finishing with views of the cliffs from Nellie's Glen lookout. The briefness of this walk makes it a great way to finish your 6 Foot Track walk if you have come from Jenolan. It's also a great way to start the 6 Foot Track by seeing the terrain. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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The Explorer Tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Katoomba End of 6 Ft Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
View from Norths lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7040364,150.2913232)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to then drive for 0 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the 'Explorers Tree' (at the intersection of Nellies Glen Rd and the Great Western Hwy), this walk follows the 'Six Foot Track - 200m' sign up along the sealed Nellies Glen Rd for just over 200m before turning left at another 'Six Foot Track' sign. Here the walk comes to a dirt car park and shelter with a large 'Six Foot Track' information sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 40 m find the "Six Foot Track" (7 m on your left).
Six Foot Track
Six Foot Track

Individuals and family groups do not need to book for the walk, however large groups such as School groups should be registered via recreation@lands.nsw.gov.au Please provide contact details, basic itinerary, dates, number of students or people and teachers or leaders. NSW Department of Primary Industries – Lands within the Department of Industry is the state government agency, which manages and maintains the Six Foot Track (as well as others including the Great North Walk and the Hume & Hovell Walking Track). They sell a detailed map kit for the Six Foot Track scaled at 1:50k with 100m contour intervals, containing track notes, walking times & distances, points of interest, history, flora & fauna, as well as safety tips. The kit is available for $10 (plus $2 postage & handling), with proceeds from all of their map kit sales supporting ongoing maintenance of the tracks. To order their Six Foot Track Map Kit, or for Lands tracks & trails, see their order form (PDF 80kb) .
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Individuals and family groups do not need to book for the walk, however large groups such as School groups should be registered via recreation@lands.nsw.gov.au Please provide contact details, basic itinerary, dates, number of students or people and teachers or leaders. NSW Department of Primary Industries – Lands within the Department of Industry is the state government agency, which manages and maintains the Six Foot Track (as well as others including the Great North Walk and the Hume & Hovell Walking Track). They sell a detailed map kit for the Six Foot Track scaled at 1:50k with 100m contour intervals, containing track notes, walking times & distances, points of interest, history, flora & fauna, as well as safety tips. The kit is available for $10 (plus $2 postage & handling), with proceeds from all of their map kit sales supporting ongoing maintenance of the tracks. To order their Six Foot Track Map Kit, or for Lands tracks & trails, see their order form (PDF 80kb) .

After another 30 m find the "Explorers Tree (Katoomba)" (10 m on your left).
Explorers Tree (Katoomba)
Explorers Tree (Katoomba)

In 1813, the explorers Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson, on their historic crossing of the Blue Mountains, engraved their names not only into the history books, but also reportedly into this tree on the side of Pulpit Hill. The tree now long dead was caged in 1884 in an attempt to preserve the engravings. The engravings are no longer visible and there is even debate over the last 100+ years as to the authenticity of the engravings.
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In 1813, the explorers Gregory Blaxland, William Wentworth and William Lawson, on their historic crossing of the Blue Mountains, engraved their names not only into the history books, but also reportedly into this tree on the side of Pulpit Hill. The tree now long dead was caged in 1884 in an attempt to preserve the engravings. The engravings are no longer visible and there is even debate over the last 100+ years as to the authenticity of the engravings.

Continue straight.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 50 m to find the car park.
Continue straight.
Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen
After another 140 m by following the "Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen" sign continue straight.
After another 110 m pass the "Six Foot Track Information Shelter" (8 m on your left).
After another 60 m head through/around the gate.
After another 250 m continue straight.
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 110 m continue straight.
(Norths Lookout) Continue another 65 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1 km to get back to the start.
"Norths Lookout".
About 95 m past the end is "Bonnie Doon Falls".
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Nellie's Glen Lookout


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 2 km
Time 50 min to 1 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 350 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
350 mSix Foot Track Information Shelter
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