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Red Hands Cave walking track - Blue Mountains National Park

Glenbrook area in 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
Glenbrook area in Blue Mountains National Park
Distance
8km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Trip Intention Form

It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.

If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.

Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

If you’re driving into the Glenbrook area, the gates are open:

  • First Sunday in October to first Sunday in April 8.30am to 7pm
  • Rest of year 8.30am to 6pm
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, compass, gps, topographic map
Please note
  • Please respect this precious site and help protect it by not touching the art and avoiding flash photography.
  • 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 (around 3km one-way).
  • You can also drive 13km past the park entry to Red Hands carpark, along The Oaks trail and Red Hands trail, for a 1km return walk.

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 area 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-difficulty 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.

Take a virtual tour of Red Hands Cave walking track - Blue Mountains National Park captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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

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