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Red Hands Cave walking track - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Overview

Check out the famous Aboriginal ochre rock paintings at Red Hands Cave in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, near West Head overlooking Pittwater.

Where
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Distance
0.6km return
Time suggested
30 - 45min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • 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

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. Near West Head from Resolute picnic area, head out on this gentle bush track to see rock art of the Aboriginal people of the Guringai Nation.

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 Garigal who lived at West Head.

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. Retrace your steps, or if you’re inspired to experience more, continue on Aboriginal Heritage walk.

Take a virtual tour of Red Hands Cave walking track - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in 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.

    • Gates to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay are 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
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). There is no daily entry fee for teachers/educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
      (02) 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm daily. 9am-4pm during summer school holidays (closed 12pm-12:30pm) (closed Christmas Day)
    • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah
    • Email: bobbin.head@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
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Red Hands Cave, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: Andy Richards/NSW Government