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Red Hands Cave
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
10.8 km WSW of Penrith
Length: 1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 51 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 51 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

Red Hands Cave is a small sandstone overhang cave that showcases a number of very clear hand stencillings. The site is protected with an obtrusive cage to keep would-be vandals out. There are a number of signs explaining the history and some artifacts found in the area. The walk is enjoyable and seems to take less time than the drive around. If you are reasonably fit, consider the walk to the same cave, starting from the causeway. (open in app)


There are closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW-MODERATE (No Ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Red Hands Cave

Map of Walk

Location

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Red Hands Cave car park
Starting point for this hiking track: Red Hands Cave

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Penrith 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-90303N 
 Penrith 1:100 000 Map Series 9030 

Photo Gallery

 
Red Hands Cave car park
 
Red Hands Cave car park +
 
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area
 
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area +
 
Information sign at start of Red Hands Cave walk
 
Information sign at start of Red Hands Cave walk +

 
Sign at Red Hands Cave picnic area
 
Sign at Red Hands Cave picnic area +
 
Steps in track near Red Hands Cave car park
 
Steps in track near Red Hands Cave car park +
 
Wild flowers near Red Hands Cave
 
Wild flowers near Red Hands Cave +

 
Walking between boulders towards Red Hands Cave
 
Walking between boulders towards Red Hands Cave +
 
Fork in the Red Hands Cave track
 
Fork in the Red Hands Cave track +
 
Rock formations near Red Hands Cave
 
Rock formations near Red Hands Cave +

 
Red Hands Cave protective cage
 
Red Hands Cave protective cage +
 
Artifacts in Red Hands Cave
 
Artifacts in Red Hands Cave +
 
Stencilling at Red Hands Cave
 
Stencilling at Red Hands Cave +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Red Hands Cave bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Red Hands Cave bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Red Hands Cave bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Red Hands Cave bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 1km
Time 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 500m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 500m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 500m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 500m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 500m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 500m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


No permits are required to do the walk, but if you drive into the park, a park entry fee is payable at the gate.



Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Red Hands Cave car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the start of this walk on this map

Red Hands Cave Picnic Area Alt = 208 m
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area is found at the end of the Red Hands Cave Fire Trail in the Glenbrook area of the Blue Mountains National Park. The small picnic area is next to the car park and has a couple of platforms (to act as both a table and seat) as well as a fire place and toilet. The toilet itself is wheelchair accessible, but access to the toilet is over moderately rough terrain. A good spot to rest when exploring Red Hands Cave.

(0 km) Red Hands Cave car park to Red Hands Cave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 503 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -41 m
From Red Hands Cave car park, this walk follows the 'Red Hands Cave' sign, past the wire and logs. The track slowly winds down through the bush, passing a few rocky outcrops. The track continues downhill and across a rocky surface. The walk then follows the track right, under the rock outcrop, and down the steps onto the metal veranda at Red Hands Cave.

Red Hands Cave Alt = 178 m
Red Hands Cave, in the Glenbrook area of the Blue Mountains National Park, is found near the end of Red Hands Cave fire trail. The cave has quite a few hand stencils and prints of various colours (including red). The cave is well protected, with a perspex and steel cage. There are some information signs and some artifacts to help visitors learn more about the people who made these prints over 1600 years ago. In 1913, when searching for a lost child, this cave was found by Europeans and is now protected.

Drive from Red Hands Cave car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Sorry there are no driving directions, but you can see the end of this walk on this map

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk
Since this walk starts on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan to the start.
View the location on a road map here --> See the start of the walk on a map
From the end of the walk
Since this walk ends on a low grade road
Google can't give you a route plan from the end.
View the location on a road map here --> See the end of the walk on a map


Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 3.4 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 7.6 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 8.1 km
Getaway Disposals 549 High St , Penrith (02) 4732 2285 10.2 km
Mitchell Adventure 24 Henry St , Penrith (02) 4731 8482 11.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Red Hands Cave.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Red Hands Cave
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 7 km (to the NNE)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 26 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 30 km (to the E)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
47 km (to the E)
6 LGW06 Lithgow Council Site HASSANS WALLS 52 km (to the NW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW-MODERATE rating and No Ban in place. (Downloaded 10 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Mostly clear.
Mostly clear.
9.4°C (feels like 9.1°)
0 km/h from the NNW
95% humidity     (as at 22/12:34am)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Blue Mountains National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Attracting over 3 million visitors annually, Blue Mountains National Park holds some of Australia's most spectacular and diverse wilderness areas. Explore the Grose Valley, with its sheer sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and scenic walking, or enjoy the famous views of the Three Sisters. Easy access makes a day trips very worthwhile, but with such diversity it would be great to stay in one of the many B&B's and spend a few days soaking up the region.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Blue Mountains National Park
Closure information last downloaded Tuesday 22nd of April 2014 01:00 AM
CLOSED AREAS
Claustral Canyon access change
Access to Claustral Canyon via the previous route across private land at Mt Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mt Tomah residents and avoid using private land.
Alternative access from the west side of Mt Bell has been identified. For details please contact the NPWS Heritage Centre, phone 02 4787 8877; open seven days 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Fire-affected areas remain closed
NPWS is conducting risk assessments of fire - affected areasin an effort to re-open sites to the public as soon as possible. Until assessments and/or required work is completed, the following areas remain closed:
  • Pierces Pass picnic area and Hungerford’s Track (picnic area and road open)
  • Mt Banks walking and cycling track
  • Track to Victoria Falls (picnic area and road open)
  • Hat Hill and Crayfish Canyons
  • Victoria Falls to Burra Korrain and Blue Gum walking track
  • Du Faur Canyon
Please continue to check the website for further updates, as re-openings will be posted on a regular basis.
As a result of  fire impact some canyons will remain closed until the next canyoning season (Summer 2014/2015).  These include:
  • All canyons in burnt areas accessed via Waratah Ridge (Hole in the Wall Canyon and Bungleboori Creek canyons) 
  • All burnt areas and canyonsin burnt areas north of the Wollangambe River 
  • Dalpura, Birrabang, Yileen and other canyons south of the Bells Line of Road  between Bell and Mt Banks 
  • Bell Creek Canyon 

Locations affected: Mount Banks Summit walk, Mount Banks Road cycle route, Pierces Pass to Blue Gum Forest walking track
Grand Canyon walking track partial closure - Grand Canyon track
Part of the Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Tuesday 28 January 2014 for several months until further work is completed on the track.
Grand Canyon is also closed for canyoning for the same period because the work site is directly overhead. Jugglers Canyon remains open. Access to the Grand Canyon walk from Neates Glen and Evans Lookout remains open – return by same route.  Access to Beauchamp Falls and the Grose Valley from Evans Lookout remains open.
See map for the closure details (PDF 395KB). NPWS Heritage Centre is open 7 days a week for information; phone 02 4787 8877.
Overcliff track - Wentworth Falls - Overcliff-Undercliff track
The Overcliff Track between Lyrebird and Breakfast Point lookouts remains closed due to storm damage.
Partial Closure for Aerial Pest Control Program (Ends Friday 2 May)

The following areas of the southern Blue Mountains National Park & Kanangra-Boyd National Park will be closed  from Wednesday 30th April 2014 to Thursday 1st May 2014 (inclusive), for an aerial pest control operation;
-              Kowmung River corridor, from Mathesons Creek to Kelpie Pt (Cox’s River)
-              Colong / Billys Creek & Church Creek Caves
-              Scotts Main Range & Mt Cookem bushwalkers corridor
-              Bullnigang,  Millnigang & Jooriland Ridges
-              Tonalli Tablelands and Broken Rock Range area
There will be no access for any persons by any means The reserve will be re-opened on Friday 2nd May 2014.
Upgrade works to Woodford Oaks Mountain Bike Trail - section CLOSED - diversion in place
A 2km section of the Woodford Oaks Mountain Bike track will be closed from Tuesday 11th March until May, 2014.  This closure will be in place 7 days a week, while we are undertaking major repair and upgrade works.
CLOSED:  -  the lower 2km section of the route (single track) - from the helipad gate (near Euroka Road junction)  to the end of the single track at Glenbrook Causeway car park.
DIVERSIONS:  - will be in place, and cyclists will be able to complete the ride by re-joining the road and exiting at Glenbrook as usual. 
For further information please call the NPWS Heritage Centre, Blackheath –
Ph: 4787 8877 - open daily 9am – 4.30pm
Wentworth Falls reserve car park
Access to the Wentworth Falls reserve car park will be closed from 6am - 9am on Saturday 12/4/2014. The lookouts and walking tracks will be open to pedestrian access. Visitors are advised to park outside the reserve until it re-opens.
Wentworth Falls Toilets - Wentworth Falls picnic area
The toilets at Wentworth Falls Picnic Area will be closed from Monday 10th February, 2014 to allow demolition and replacement with new amenities block (Nearest wheelchair accessible toilets located at the Conservation Hut). There may be minor disruptions to traffic flow from 7.00 AM – 4.00PM Monday- Friday.
Temporary toilets will be available at the Picnic Area.
The electric barbeques will not be available during the works  
All parking, lookouts, pathways and walking tracks will remain open at the picnic area.
For further information please call the NPWS Heritage Centre, Blackheath –
Ph: 4787 8877 - open daily 9am – 4.30pm

Walker Feedback

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Dean Somerville IP:60.229.4.xxx | 2008-10-17 11:26:56
Hello,
Your site is generally excellent & covers a great deal of walks, but I couldn't find any details on pulpit rock, govetts leap etc.

Many thanks
regards
Dean Somerville
admin - Thank Super Administrator | 2008-10-17 18:56:56
Hi Dean

Glad you liked the site. I obvisously have some usability issues. We do have the walks you are looking for.

http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/blue-mountains-blackheath-/

We are working on a new design for the site, hopefully that will make it easier to find walks. Now with over 350 walks it can be a bit confusing.

Happy walking

Matt :)
walker IP:60.240.45.xxx | 2013-02-10 09:08:51
Thirty minutes, ha ha. I went out with a bicycle, two hours by the road, and did the return trip shortcut following the creek in two and a half hours. It's a rough scramble, up and down rocks and stream beds, planks over gulleys. Do allow enough time before dark.
admin - length Super Administrator | 2013-02-10 09:24:05
walker wrote:
Thirty minutes, ha ha

Hi 'Walker' sorry you had trouble and found the walk longer then expected - hope you still had a good time.
I think the walk you did is this one http://www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hiking-in-nsw/glenbrook-eastern-blue-mountains/red-hands-cave-circuit-from-campfire-creek.html which I suggest 3hrs 45mins for. This walk on this page is very short it is about 500m from a different carpark to the cave then 500m back and requires no creek crossings. It is worth carefully looking at the maps and the tracknotes to make sure the walk you are attempting is the same one we are talking about. There are several 'red hand caves' walks in the area. I hope that helps.
Matt :)
Tamara R IP:110.33.224.xxx | 2013-09-02 01:39:46
Long drive, nice short walk. Must attempt the longer walk as my fitness increases.
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