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Red Hands Cave

Glenbrook area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Fri 9 December 2022, 9.43am

Applies from Thu 8 Sep 2022, 12.00pm to Mon 19 Dec 2022, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.43am.

Closed areas: Woodford Oaks fire trail closed on weekdays

Woodford Oaks trail will be closed on weekdays from Thursday 8 September to Monday 19 December 2022, due to roadworks.

Heavy earthmoving equipment including trucks will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time.

Woodford Oaks trail and the following areas will be open to cyclists and walkers on weekends. There will be no vehicle access in these areas:

  • Woodford Oaks fire trail for cyclists
  • Red Hands Cave 
  • Nepean lookout
  • Erskine Creek
  • Jack Evans walking track
  • Pisgah Rock
  • Machins Crater

Red Hands Cave walking track is still accessible during this period from Glenbrook Causeway to Red Hands Cave only via Campfire Creek walking track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4720 6200.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Sat 9 Apr 2022, 1.03pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Dec 2022, 2.18pm

Closed areas: Parts of Blue Mountains National Park closed

Many walking tracks, roads and fire trails within Blue Mountains National Park remain closed following sustained wet weather causing subsidence hazards, major landslides or infrastructure upgrades. 

The following areas are closed:

Katoomba and Leura

  • Honeymoon Bridge is closed due to rockfall risk
  • Federal Pass between Leura Forest and Dardanelles Pass junction below the Three Sisters is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Gordon Falls track and lookout are closed due to major upgrades.
  • Lone Lyrebird track is closed between Gordon Road and the War Memorial, due to major subsidence.  Detour in place.
  • Lyrebird Dell walking track is closed due to track maintenance.
  • Lillian's Bridge track is closed from Inspiration Point track to Lillians Bridge due to major upgrades. 
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk is closed between Echo Point and Cliff View lookout due to major upgrades.
  • Lady Darley track is closed due to major upgrades on Prince Henry.
  • Amphitheatre track is closed due to track repairs.
  • Glenraphael Drive is closed due to major subsidence. Narrow Neck and Golden Stairs are accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from Narrow Neck lookout on Cliff Drive.
  • Ruined Castle and Mount Solitary walking routes are closed due to subsidence.
  • Six Foot Track is closed from Nellies Glen to Megalong Valley. 
  • Lindeman Pass is closed due to a major landslide below Gladstone lookout. 

Wentworth Falls

  • McMahons Lookout Rd will be closed to all traffic from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 21st December to allow for road improvements.  Red Ridge, Erskine Range (W5) and Centre Mount Fire trails are also included in this closure.  
  • Kings Tableland Road will be closed to all traffic (apart from residential traffic)  from Thursday 1st December until Wednesday 21st December to allow for road improvements.  Access to Andersons Fire Trail available on weekends.  
  • Valley of the Waters track is closed below Sylvia Falls. There is no access to Roberts Pass, Vera Falls, Hippocrene Falls or Wentworth Falls from Valley of the Waters.
  • Charles Darwin walk is closed where it traverses Council-managed land due to upgrades. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • National Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Wentworth Pass is closed due to landslide.
  • Kedumba Valley Rd and Campground is open to pedestrians.  Please be aware of ongoing plant movements. 
  • Ingar Road is closed where it traverses private property at the west end. Ingar campers must walk in via Anderson's or Bedford Roads.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria and Bells Line of Road

  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area are closed for major upgrade work. (opening February 2023)
  • Evans lookout is closed to vehicles for major upgrade work with detours in place. (opening mid December)
  • Grand Canyon car park closed, limited parking at Neates Glen and along Evans Lookout Road. (opening mid December)
  • Grose Valley and Govetts Gorge access routes are closed including Horse track, and Rodriguez Pass (Bridal Veil Falls) due to landslides.
  • Grose River track is closed from Blue Gum Forest to Victoria Falls. (opening mid December)
  • Pulpit walking track and Pulpit Rock lookout are closed. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Perrys Lookdown camping area is closed.

Woodford, Lawson, Springwood

  • Empire Pass is closed for track maintenance.
  • Martin's lookout track and fire trail, Victory track and Magdala Gully track are closed for a helicopter operation on Tuesday 13 December 2022.

Canyons and rock climbing

  • Climbing and canyoning areas in the Blue Mountains are open unless the access road is closed or the site is listed in this alert.

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

 

If you plan on embarking on Grade 5 tracks or undertaking off-trail activities, please be aware of the likelihood of changed conditions and consider current safety advice.

Grade 5 tracks and off-trail areas are open, excluding those listed below. Grade 5 tracks are for very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills such as advanced navigation and emergency first aid. Please visit this page for further information on track grades.

Closed Grade 5 tracks:

  • Vera Falls and Hippocrene Falls walking tracks
  • Horse track
  • Rodriguez Pass
  • Govetts Descent
  • Mount Solitary loop due to landslides near Ruined Castle
  • Open: K2K (Kanangra to Katoomba) access available via Narrow Neck lookout track, Dunphy's campground, and from Kanangra Walls. Due to the ongoing wet conditions, Coxs River can flood at short notice and may be impassable. Walkers should check conditions before departing.

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Applies from Thu 8 Sep 2022, 12.00pm to Mon 19 Dec 2022, 10.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.43am

Closed areas: Woodford Oaks fire trail closed on weekdays

Woodford Oaks trail will be closed on weekdays from Thursday 8 September to Monday 19 December 2022, due to roadworks.

Heavy earthmoving equipment including trucks will be in operation. There is no visitor access during this time.

Woodford Oaks trail and the following areas will be open to cyclists and walkers on weekends. There will be no vehicle access in these areas:

  • Woodford Oaks fire trail for cyclists
  • Red Hands Cave 
  • Nepean lookout
  • Erskine Creek
  • Jack Evans walking track
  • Pisgah Rock
  • Machins Crater

Red Hands Cave walking track is still accessible during this period from Glenbrook Causeway to Red Hands Cave only via Campfire Creek walking track.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS area office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Mon 28 Nov 2022, 7.00am to Mon 19 Dec 2022, 7.30pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.39am

Closed areas: Mount Portal and Tunnel View lookouts closed

Mount Portal and Tunnel View lookouts are closed for roadworks and safety upgrades from Monday 28 November to Monday 19 December 2022.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Mon 7 Nov 2022, 2.31pm to Tue 20 Dec 2022, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 11.01am

Closed parks: Closed for ground pest control operation

Bents Basin State Conservation Area and Gulguer Nature Reserve remain closed due to flood damage.

On ground pest control operations are being conducted throughout the parks. Closures continue from sunset to sunrise.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Cumberland Area Office on 02 4580 2750.

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Applies from Thu 1 Dec 2022, 5.14pm to Thu 22 Dec 2022, 5.14pm. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.03am

Closed areas: Kings Tableland Road

Kings Tableland Road and access to Anderson fire trail within Blue Mountains National Park will be closed on weekdays from Thursday 1 December until Thursday 22 December 2022 to allow for road repairs.  Residential access permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877.

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Applies from Thu 1 Dec 2022, 10.55am to Wed 14 Dec 2022, 10.57am. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Dec 2022, 10.01am

Closed areas: McMahons Lookout Road

McMahons Lookout Road within Blue Mountains National Park is closed to all traffic including walkers, from Thursday 1 December until Wednesday 22nd December 2022 for road improvements.  This closure also includes Red Ridge, Erskine Range (W5) and Centre Mount fire trails.  

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

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Applies from Tue 1 Mar 2022, 10.58am to Fri 31 Mar 2023, 10.59am. Last reviewed: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 10.50am

Closed parks: Bents Basin State Conservation Area closed

Bents Basin State Conservation Area is closed until further notice due to severe weather conditions and localised flooding.

Remember, it’s never safe to drive, ride or walk through flood waters, so you’ll need to reschedule your visit and avoid travel to this park. Check Live Traffic NSW for up-to-date information about road closures. For assistance during severe weather visit the NSW SES website. In life-threatening situations call emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

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

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Applies from Tue 22 Nov 2022, 7.00am to Fri 30 Dec 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 9 Dec 2022, 9.37am

Other planned events: Vertebrate Pest Control Program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a ground-based pest management program targeting feral pigs in Burragorang State Conservation Area, Nattai State Conservation Area and Nattai National Park. This program will run from 22 November to 30 December 2022. The program aims to reduce the impacts of feral pigs on water quality and biodiversity. Temporary changes to access may apply.

 

For more information please call NPWS Hawkesbury-Nattai Area, Glenbrook Office on 02 4720 6200.

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Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 4.49pm

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.

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Applies from Mon 4 Jul 2022, 4.48pm. Last reviewed: Tue 29 Nov 2022, 10.55am

Closed areas: Ingar Road partial closure

There is no access vehicle or pedestrian access to the section of Ingar Road past the end of Queen Elizabeth Drive. Please do not enter private property.

This means there is no vehicle access to Ingar campground. Campers must hike in via Andersons fire trail or Bedford Road.

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

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Applies from Sat 16 Jul 2022, 1.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 2.31pm

Safety alerts: Grose Valley walking tracks - Experienced walkers only

Walking tracks that are open in the Grose Valley (Blue Mountains National Park) may become indistinct with fallen trees and wash outs due to recent flood events. Experienced walkers only. 

For more information, contact the NPWS Blackheath Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877. 

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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

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