Red Hands Cave walking track - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Take this short walk to check out the Aboriginal ochre rock paintings at Red Hands Cave, near West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney and surrounds
- 0.6km return
- Time suggested
- 30 - 45min
- Grade 4
- Trip Intention Form
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- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
- Please note
- 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.
Head out from Resolute picnic area on this easy bush track to see rock art of the Aboriginal people of this area.
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. The Aboriginal people of this area are part of a nation that 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 Garrigal who lived at West Head.
Retrace your steps, or if you’re inspired to experience more, continue on the Aboriginal Heritage walk for another 4km before returning back where you started at Resolute picnic area.
Take a virtual tour of Red Hands Cave walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.
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Explore cultural treasures on Sydney's doorstep with a day trip to amazing Aboriginal Heritage walk, in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Here's why this day trip is a must-do.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Forestville Office
- Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
- 02 9451 3479
- 82 Ferguson Street, Forestville NSW 2087
- 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.
- The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
- Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
Park entry fees:
$12 per vehicle per day. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.
Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).
A $3 per adult, $2 per child landing fee may apply for day visitors to The Basin campground. Please pay at the campground wharf. Landing fees are included in your camping fees.
Under the Plan of Management for this park, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 20 or more people planning to visit this park. Contact the park office before your visit.Buy annual pass