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Red Hands Cave walking track – Blue Mountains National Park is a 8km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
This track has most likely been used by the Darug people for thousands of years, and you too can walk in their footsteps. Red Hands Cave walking track, in the Glenbrook region of Blue Mountains National Park, winds through remote bushland to one of the best Aboriginal stencil galleries in the Sydney Basin.
From Glenbrook Causeway, follow the medium track along Campfire Creek where you’ll see axe grinding grooves on the water’s edge. Keeping to the right at the track junction, you might see eastern water dragons sunning themselves. Climbing steadily through the gully, you’ll reach the sandstone overhang of Red Hands Cave.
Enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the unspoilt bush, as rainbow lorikeets and gang gangs chatter above. Retrace your steps or continue the longer loop walk. For a refreshing swim, detour via the swimming holes along Blue Pool walking track.
Take a virtual tour of Red Hands Cave walking track – Blue Mountains National Park captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.
9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
To Red Hands Cave track carpark. Red Hands Cave walking track, starts at the causeway, in the Glenbrook precinct of Blue Mountains National Park. To get there:Follow the signs from Great Western Highway. The main entrance to the park is via Ross Street, then Bruce Road.Park at the entry station, or alternatively, drive towards Glenbrook causeway. There’s a carpark south of the causeway. However, there is no parking at the causeway.The track starts at the causeway Park entry points Red Hands Cave track carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at Glenbrook entry station, the Blue Pools and Jellybean Pools carparks or south of the causeway. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
Please take extra care not to disturb the painting by taking flash photographs or touching the art. This will help protect the site for future generations.
For a longer hike, you can walk from the Glenbrook park entry down to the causeway. Make sure you allow extra time for the steep walk there and back (approximately 3km one-way). Or you can drive to Red Hands Cave, and hike the 6km loop walk.
It’s a good idea to fill in the free trip intention form and hire a PLB when planning your hike. Bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS
Check the weather before you set out and ensure you’re well prepared. Weather can be unpredictable and extreme in Blue Mountains National Park.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.