Devil's Hole Trail
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min

7.3 km
oneway

↑ 506 m
↓ -503 m

Very challenging
Enjoying a variety of different environments, Devil's Hole trail descends into the valley below Katoomba via the Six Foot Track, before rising up through the difficult, and often slippery, Devil's Hole. This is definitely one of the more difficult trails in the area. Walkers can enjoy great views from the top of the valley at both ends of the walk, as well as an extremely pretty creek environment as the track passes through Nellie's Glen. 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 Cliff Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
View from Norths lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Nellie's Glen Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Going through Nellie's Glen. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The 6 Ft Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Looking down the 6 Ft Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The rough Devil's Hole Bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
As the track gets closer to the cliffs it becomes quite dark. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
The view from Cliff Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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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 (-33.7138434,150.2928459)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Narrow Neck Road, BMD
  • Turn on to Stuarts Road then drive for 470 m
  • Turn left onto Farnells Road and drive for another 10 m
Finish (-33.7227089,150.2898534)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection of Farnells Rd and the bush track marked by the signpost saying 'Cliff Track' (approximately 30m west of the end of Stuarts Rd), this walk heads north down the bush track until coming to an intersection with another bush track. This corner is marked by a large cairn and an orange banner wrapped around the tree on the corner.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Farnells Road & Cliff Walk) turn right, to head along Cliff Walk (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Therabulat Lookout. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 315 m continue straight, to head along Cliff Walk.
After another 120 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 65 m turn left, to head along Cliff Walk.
After another 15 m cross the bridge
After another 185 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 180 m continue straight, to head along Cliff Walk.
After another 205 m cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Norths Lookout. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 155 m turn right, to head along Cliff Walk.
After another 150 m head through/around the gate.
Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen
At the intersection of Cliff Walk & Six Foot Track by following the "Six Foot Track / Nellies Glen" sign turn left, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 40 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 90 m head through/around the gate.
Then head through the bicycle barrier.
After another 15 m head down the steps (about 300 m long)
After another 50 m pass the "Bonnie Doon Falls" (50 m on your left).
Then cross the ford.
Continue straight, to head along Six Foot Track.
After another 3 km (at the intersection of Nellies Glen Road & Six Foot Track) turn left, to head along Water Board Road.
Megalong Village (Historic) (about 100 m back from the start).
Megalong Village (Historic)
Megalong Village (Historic)

In 1870, kerosene shale was discovered in the area surrounding the upper end of Megalong and Diamond Creeks so in 1885, Mr J. B. North started to mine the resource. The mine continued for nearly 10 years. During the life of the mine, the Megalong Village grew to to a small town with a hotel, butchery, bakery, public hall and around about 40 families. When the mines were closed in 1904, the best buildings were demolished and rebuilt in Katoomba. In the December of 1904, a huge bushfire ripped up through the valley destroying what buildings were left. Now the area is private land with a horse paddock with a view of the escarpment behind. A small bronze sign marks the site .
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In 1870, kerosene shale was discovered in the area surrounding the upper end of Megalong and Diamond Creeks so in 1885, Mr J. B. North started to mine the resource. The mine continued for nearly 10 years. During the life of the mine, the Megalong Village grew to to a small town with a hotel, butchery, bakery, public hall and around about 40 families. When the mines were closed in 1904, the best buildings were demolished and rebuilt in Katoomba. In the December of 1904, a huge bushfire ripped up through the valley destroying what buildings were left. Now the area is private land with a horse paddock with a view of the escarpment behind. A small bronze sign marks the site .

After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Water Board Road.
After another 820 m (at the intersection of Water Board Road & Devils Hole Track) turn left, to head along Devils Hole Track (a walking track).
After another 1.5 km come to the end.

An optional side trip to Therabulat Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 130 m come to the end.
A viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 130 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Norths Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 50 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Norths Lookout".
About 110 m past the end is "Bonnie Doon Falls".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 50 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Devil's Hole Trail


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 7.3 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage No directional signs (5/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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