Back to previous page
Print factsheet

Red Hands Cave

Glenbrook area in Blue Mountains National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Tue 10 December 2019, 11.48am

Applies from Tue 3 Dec 2019, 1.52pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 1.35pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Dec 2019, 11.48am.

Closed areas: Multiple areas in Blue Mountains National Park closed due to fire conditions

Multiple tracks and areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed from Tuesday 3 December 2019 until further notice due to dangerous fire conditions. The closed areas include:

  • Mount Solitary, Ruined Castle track, Narrow Neck, Glenraphael Drive and some southern Katoomba and Leura tracks
  • Mount Hay, Point Pilcher, Perrys (Hat Hill), Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Pierces Pass, McMahons lookout and Bedford roads
  • Burramoko, Kedumba Valley and Mount Banks trails
  • Green Gully, Perrys, Ingar and Murphys and remote campgrounds
  • Glenbrook precinct, including Nepean fire trail and lookout, Red Hands Cave fire trail and track, Jack Evans track, Jelly Bean Pool and the Oaks fire trail
  • Euroka campground (to be reviewed Friday 13 December 2019) and Burralow campground
  • Six Foot track
  • All remote walking tracks, canyons and rock climbing descending below cliffs out of Mount Wilson, Bell, Green Gully, south of Katoomba to Woodford and into the Grose Valley (excluding Grand Canyon).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.20pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 27 Nov 2019, 8.04am. Last reviewed: Wed 11 Dec 2019, 12.21am

Fires - Advice: Green Wattle Creek

There is a fire in this park called Green Wattle Creek. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 2 parks and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 27 Nov 2019, 3.44pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Dec 2019, 11.33pm

Fires - Advice: Ruined Castle

There is a fire in this park called Ruined Castle. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 11 Dec 2019, 12.01am to Wed 11 Dec 2019, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Dec 2019, 3.25pm

Fire bans: Total Fire Ban

A total fire ban has been declared by the NSW Rural Fire Service. The total fire ban applies for the entire 24-hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended. Please continue to check this website. To find out where and when total fire bans are currently in effect, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 3 Dec 2019, 1.52pm to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 1.35pm. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Dec 2019, 11.48am

Closed areas: Multiple areas in Blue Mountains National Park closed due to fire conditions

Multiple tracks and areas of Blue Mountains National Park are closed from Tuesday 3 December 2019 until further notice due to dangerous fire conditions. The closed areas include:

  • Mount Solitary, Ruined Castle track, Narrow Neck, Glenraphael Drive and some southern Katoomba and Leura tracks
  • Mount Hay, Point Pilcher, Perrys (Hat Hill), Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Pierces Pass, McMahons lookout and Bedford roads
  • Burramoko, Kedumba Valley and Mount Banks trails
  • Green Gully, Perrys, Ingar and Murphys and remote campgrounds
  • Glenbrook precinct, including Nepean fire trail and lookout, Red Hands Cave fire trail and track, Jack Evans track, Jelly Bean Pool and the Oaks fire trail
  • Euroka campground (to be reviewed Friday 13 December 2019) and Burralow campground
  • Six Foot track
  • All remote walking tracks, canyons and rock climbing descending below cliffs out of Mount Wilson, Bell, Green Gully, south of Katoomba to Woodford and into the Grose Valley (excluding Grand Canyon).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

Affects 1 park and 54 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 27 Nov 2019, 3.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 9 Dec 2019, 8.35pm

Fires - Advice: Paddock Run

There is a fire in this park called Paddock Run. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

Applies from Mon 9 Sep 2019, 12.16pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.20pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 14 Oct 2019, 9.42am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 3.19pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Fri 13 Sep 2019, 11.44am to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 11.36am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 12.22pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park from Sunday 1 September 2019 and remains in effect until Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Mill Creek and Ten Mile Hollow campgrounds are exempt.

During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

Applies from Thu 14 Nov 2019, 12.01am. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Dec 2019, 2.51pm

Closed areas: Avoid remote areas of park until fire conditions improve

NSW National Parks advises visitors to avoid remote areas of all parks in this area until fire conditions improve. For further information contact the local NPWS office.

Affects 2 parks nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 6 Dec 2019, 4.53pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to dangerous fire conditions

This park is closed due to current fire danger conditions and the bushfire situation. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information contact the local NPWS office.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 8 Nov 2019, 11.54am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 10.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 8 Nov 2019, 2.16pm

Closed areas: Partial closure - Echo Point lookout

Part of the Echo Point lookout in Katoomba is closed until August 2020 due to upgrades. The Visitor Information Centre remains open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week (except on Christmas Day). For more information visit Echo Point upgrades or contact the Blue Mountains City Council on 02 4780 5000.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 4 Oct 2019, 7.59am to Mon 30 Dec 2019, 7.57am. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Nov 2019, 2.54pm

Safety alerts: Kanangra to Katoomba walk - water availability alert

Walkers undertaking the Kanangra to Katoomba walk need to be aware that current water availability is very low at Dexs and Mobbs Swamp campgrounds. It is expected that water at these sites will dry up completely within the next couple of weeks. Walkers should not rely on these sites for replenishment of water supplies. The only reliable water on the K2K walk is located on the Coxes River.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 26 Sep 2019, 2.23pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Nov 2019, 10.19am

Other incidents: Access to Dunphys campground restricted - Galong Creek bridge, Megalong Road, gross load limit

The Gross Load Limit on the timber bridge over Galong Creek in Blue Mountains National Park is 2.5 tonne. This will restrict access to Dunphys campground. For more information call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 21 Aug 2019, 6.00am to Fri 13 Dec 2019, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 1 Oct 2019, 8.42am

Closed areas: Overcliff track closed

Overcliff track will be closed for maintenance from Wednesday 21 August to Friday 13 December 2019. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath on 02 4787 8877.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Sun 14 Jul 2019, 5.47pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Nov 2019, 10.58am

Closed areas: Amphitheatre track closed

Amphitheatre track is closed between Fern Bower and Leura Cascades Round walk due to a rockfall and the risk of further instability at the site. This closure means that the Leura Cascades and Fern Bower Circuit walk are not possible.  

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blackheath Heritage Information Centre on 02 4787 8877.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 3.47pm

Closed parks: Kemps Creek Nature Reserve closed

This park is closed due to Phytophthora contamination, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Tue 2 Oct 2018, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Nov 2019, 10.09am

Closed areas: Ingar campground closed

Ingar campground and Ingar Road are closed to vehicle access due to private property building works. The closure is indefinite because it relates to access through the private property. No opening date can be advised. NPWS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Ingar Road and Ingar campground can still be accessed by walkers and cyclists.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 2 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Sun 22 Oct 2017, 12.36pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Prince Henry Cliff walking track - between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant 

Prince Henry Cliff walking track is closed between Leura Cascades and Solitary restaurant until further notice. This closure is due to a landslide that has completely blocked the track. An alternative track is available via Leura Cascades Round Walk. Visitors can also walk from Leura Cascades to Solitary restaurant adjacent Cliff Drive but should be wary of traffic.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 13 Dec 2017, 11.18am. Last reviewed: Wed 28 Mar 2018, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Partial closure of Batsh camp

A section of Batsh camp is closed due to the risk of tree branches falling. Further assessment and removal of dangerous branches will take place in the coming weeks. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Oberon area office on (02) 6336 1972 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Applies from Fri 1 Dec 2017, 7.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Nov 2019, 2.51pm

Closed areas: National Pass closed

National Pass remains closed between Valley of Waters and Slacks Stairs. The closure is indefinite following a serious rockfall in November 2017 which killed a worker and seriously injured two others. The area of the rockfall remains dangerous and the subject of external investigation. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is reviewing how such geological hazards and visitor access can be managed. Visitors can access the base of the Wentworth Falls below the Grand Stairs. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2015, 2.11pm. Last reviewed: Wed 5 Oct 2016, 9.23am

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens picnic area closed

Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge walking track. No access to the area is permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park nearby. Show list

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/aboriginal-sites/red-hands-cave/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

View all alerts for NSW
Red Hands Cave, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton/NSW Government