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Red Hands Cave walking track - Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

Red Hands Cave walking track, in Blue Mountains National Park, offers impressive Aboriginal stencil art with picnicking and birdwatching, near Glenbrook.

Where
Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
8km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Red Hands Cave walking track, in the Glenbrook area, is:

  • open 8:30am-7pm (Monday – Sunday during daylight savings)
  • open 8:30am-6pm (Monday – Sunday the rest of the year)
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • 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 check the Think Before You Trek website when planning your hike, and 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

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.

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For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Bush Trackers

Bush Trackers was created to encourage children to engage with the environment in and around the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. This program highlights the natural and cultural splendour of the greater Blue Mountains through education initiatives and bushwalks.

Charles Darwin walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton

Park info

  • in 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.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

    Buy an annual pass.
  • More
    • Blue Mountains (Glenbrook)
      (02) 4720 6200 (Infoline)
      Contact hours: Entry station is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays only.
    • Blue Mountains National Park, Bruce Road, Glenbrook NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4739 6665
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    • Richmond
      (02) 4588 2400
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Bowmans Cottage, 370 Windsor Street, Richmond NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4588 5335
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    • Oberon
      (02) 6336 1972
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 38 Ross Street, Oberon NSW
    More
See more visitor info
Hanging rock, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: David Finnegan