Red Hands Cave Circuit via Campfire Creek
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

3 h 15 min to 3 h 45 min

8.5 km
circuit

↑ 317 m
↓ -319 m

Very challenging
This is a scenic and rather cultural walk, with two significant Indigenous sites along the way. The walk sets out from Campfire Creek car park following the creek of similar name to the amazing Red Hands Caves. The second site is the grinding grooves, which are passed on the return to the car park along the ridge. A great walk with much to see. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Campfire Creek car park sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down to Campfire Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost below car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track above Campfire Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
To Link Track sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Branch bridge below Link Track intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Burnt tree stump. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bench beside Campfire Ck Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red Hands Cave protective cage. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red Hands Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Red Hands. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track above Red Hands Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track to Red Hands Cave car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track down to the Grinding Grooves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Nice little stream. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Grinding Grooves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from track above Grinding Grooves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Oaks Cycleway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Trail to helicopter pad. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Oaks Cycleway intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Oaks Cycleway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Oaks Cycleway down to Campfire Creek car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocky track popular with Mt Bikers. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Side track off the Oaks Cycleway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7800865,150.6172546)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Ross Street then drive for 285 m
  • Turn right onto Euroka Road and drive for another 2.5 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 30 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, the track follows the 'Campfire Creek' sign down the hill. The track steeply descends the hill, winding to a 'Car Park' sign (pointing back the way you came).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 165 m turn left, to head along Campfire Creek Track.
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 1.3 km veer left, to head along Campfire Creek Track.
After another 90 m find the "Camp Fire Creek rocks" (20 m on your right).
Camp Fire Creek rocks
Camp Fire Creek rocks

This large rock platform is situated above Camp Fire Creek. It has a some shade and room for a group to stop for lunch. A quite spot to rest. The rock slopes of the edge steeply and is unfenced, care is needed.
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This large rock platform is situated above Camp Fire Creek. It has a some shade and room for a group to stop for lunch. A quite spot to rest. The rock slopes of the edge steeply and is unfenced, care is needed.

After another 540 m (at the intersection of Campfire Creek Track & Link Track) continue straight, to head along Campfire Creek Track.
After another 45 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 1.1 km find the "Red Hands Cave" (on your left).
Red Hands Cave
Red Hands Cave

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.
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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.

After another 460 m (at the intersection of Red Hands Firetrail & Red Hands Cave Walking Track) turn left, to head along Link Track.
After another 30 m find the "Red Hands Cave Picnic Area" (15 m on your right).
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area

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.
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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.

After another 25 m pass the toilet (45 m on your right).
After another 1.5 km turn left, to head along Link Track.
After another 50 m pass the sign (15 m on your left).
After another 380 m turn right.
After another 65 m find the "Axe Grinding Grooves" (5 m on your right).
Axe Grinding Grooves
Axe Grinding Grooves

These well-defined axe grinding groves are found on the sandstone bed of Camp Fire Creek. The grooves were formed by Aboriginal people when sharpening axes (or forming axe blanks). Rubbing the axe blanks would sharpen the stone into a more useful tool, and the process would also wear the sandstone, leaving these markings. These sites are typically found near water, as the water was added to make the stone more abrasive. Sites like this will fade in time due to erosion of the sandstone - please help them last as long as possible by not walking on, or close to the grooves.
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These well-defined axe grinding groves are found on the sandstone bed of Camp Fire Creek. The grooves were formed by Aboriginal people when sharpening axes (or forming axe blanks). Rubbing the axe blanks would sharpen the stone into a more useful tool, and the process would also wear the sandstone, leaving these markings. These sites are typically found near water, as the water was added to make the stone more abrasive. Sites like this will fade in time due to erosion of the sandstone - please help them last as long as possible by not walking on, or close to the grooves.

After another 660 m turn left, to head along The Oaks Single Track.
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Glenbrook Helipad Access & The Oaks Single Track) continue straight, to head along Glenbrook Helipad Access (a vehicle track).
After another 305 m (at the intersection of The Oaks Single Track & Glenbrook Helipad Access) veer right, to head along The Oaks Single Track (a walking track).
After another 1.1 km turn left, to head along The Oaks Single Track.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along The Oaks Single Track.
After another 490 m turn left.
After another 9 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Red Hands Cave Circuit via Campfire Creek


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 8.5 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 3 h 45 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage No directional signs (5/6)
Infrastructure No facilities provided (5/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 3.7 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
3.7 km[toilet]
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