Red Hands Cave and Link Tracks, Blue Mountains National Park, NSW

A short to medium walk through a variety of forest vegetation in the Lower Blue Mountains that takes in two significant Indigenous cultural sites.

Red Hands Cave Track

This walk is conveniently located at the very bottom of the Blue Mountains near Glenbrook. Not all that spectacular, it’s nevertheless unique for the cave at the turnaround point, which contains excellently preserved indigenous hand stencils made with red ochre, hence the name Red Hands Cave. Walking from Glenbrook Causeway near the entrance to the national park, you’ll pass through a variety of forest types, from dry scrubby vegetation to rainforest, and the link track provides a bit of variety making a partial loop.

Track Notes

We used track notes in A Day in the Bush, which describes a walk from Glenbrook Causeway near the entrance to the national park, and makes a partial loop via the link track. The NSW NPWS also has info on its website. You can almost drive up to the cave by parking at Red Hands Cave Picnic Area, and just do the loop section via the link track.

Red Hands Cave Track: The Scenery

Red Hands Cave Track
A large rock overhang near the start. I think Sophia is making it look as though she had to bend down to fit under there, but I’m pretty sure that was unnecessary.
Red Hands Cave Track
One of two rock overhangs. Lovely colours and textures under there.
Red Hands Cave Track
A dry creek bed I think.
Red Hands Cave Track
Australian trees have interesting bark. This might have been caused by bushfire damage.
Red Hands Cave Track
There were some lush sections of rainforest amongst the drier scrubby vegetation.
Red Hands Cave Track
The track’s name sake: artwork by the Dharuk/Darug people. Hands formed by either blowing ochre over a hand placed on the wall (white prints), or dipping the hand in ochre and then placing it on the wall (red prints).
Red Hands Cave Track
Grooves formed by indigenous Australians sharpening axe heads over hundreds of years.
Red Hands Cave Track
Grass tree.
Red Hands Cave Track
Glenbrook Creek at Glenbrook Causeway
Red Hands Cave Track
Glenbrook Causeway at the start/end of the walk. Very green.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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