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Red Hands Cave walking track – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a 0.6km, grade 4 return hike, located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 30mins to complete.
For an opportunity to see one of the most famous Aboriginal heritage sites in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Red Hands Cave walking track is the route you’re looking for.
Head out from Resolute picnic area on this easy bush track to see rock art of the Aboriginal people of the Guringai Nation.
Arriving after a short walk through the red gums, you’ll discover the cave with ochre hand-prints. Pause for a moment to reflect on the lives of the people whose palms are now immortalised. The Guringai Nation extended from Broken Bay in the north to Port Jackson in the south and as far south-west as Lane Cove River. There are six clans within the nation, and it’s the Garrigal who lived at West Head.
Retrace your steps, or if you’re inspired to experience more, continue on the Aboriginal Heritage walk for another 4km before returning back where you started at Resolute picnic area.
Take a virtual tour of Red Hands Cave walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year. Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am at other times of the year. No vehicle access to The Basin campground or to Barrenjoey Headland
10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
9am to 5pm daily. 9am to 4pm daily in June and July. Closed Christmas Day.
Red Hands Cave walking track starts at Resolute picnic area in the West Head precinct of Ku-ring-gai National Park. To get there:From Terrey Hills, follow McCarrs Creek Road.Turn left onto West Head Road and continue to the endResolute picnic area is on the right-hand side, just before the turn-around. Parking Parking is available at Resolute picnic area.
Aboriginal rock art and engravings along this walk are of great cultural and historical significance and are very delicate. Please don’t touch or interfere with the artworks.
Toilets and picnic facilities are located at Resolute picnic area
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.