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Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool)
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.3 km SSE of Glenbrook
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 4.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Blue Mountains National Park
Climb: 259 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 259 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This walk takes you across Glenbrook Gorge and up Campfire Creek to Red Hands Cave. The walk is quite serene and you can enjoy some peace as you wander along the trail to the art in Red Hands Cave. The side trip to the grinding grooves is worthwhile to complement the cave art. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Blue Mountains National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool)

Map of Walk

Location

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Glenbrook Information Centre car park
Jelly Bean Pool car park
Jelly Bean Pool
Eastern side of Causeway
Campfire Creek sign side of Causeway
Int. Red Hands Cave and Carpark Trk
Neighbourhood sign intersection
Int. Red Hands Cave Trk and rock platform trk
To Link Track sign intersection
To Link Track sign intersection
Red Hands Cave
Starting point for this hiking track: Glenbrook Information Centre car park

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Photo Gallery

 
Information center
 
Information center +
 
Information centre car park
 
Information centre car park +
 
Top of the Glenbrook Gorge Track
 
Top of the Glenbrook Gorge Track +

 
Steps and rocks on Jellybean pool track
 
Steps and rocks on Jellybean pool track +
 
Track to Jellybean Pools crossing road
 
Track to Jellybean Pools crossing road +
 
Track down to Jellybean Pool car park
 
Track down to Jellybean Pool car park +

 
Jellybean Pool car park
 
Jellybean Pool car park +
 
The Causeway
 
The Causeway +
 
Campfire Creek sign
 
Campfire Creek sign +

 
Sign to Red Hands Cave
 
Sign to Red Hands Cave +
 
Track above Campfire Creek
 
Track above Campfire Creek +
 
Tree in Campfire Ck
 
Tree in Campfire Ck +

 
Bridge along track
 
Bridge along track +
 
Branch bridge below Link Track intersection
 
Branch bridge below Link Track intersection +
 
Track up to Red Hands Cave
 
Track up to Red Hands Cave +

 
Stairs up to Red Hands Cave
 
Stairs up to Red Hands Cave +
 
Red Hands Cave protective cage
 
Red Hands Cave protective cage +
 
Red Hands Cave
 
Red Hands Cave +

 
Red Hands
 
Red Hands +
 
Track above Red Hands Cave
 
Track above Red Hands Cave +
 
Steps in track near Red Hands Cave car park
 
Steps in track near Red Hands Cave car park +

 
Red Hands Cave car park
 
Red Hands Cave car park +
 
Red Hands Cave car park
 
Red Hands Cave car park +
 
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area
 
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool) 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 4.4km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
3.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 860m has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (15m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
3.7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 390m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 320m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 15m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
2.9km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 1.2km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (320m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 4.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 320m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 4.1km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 330m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 4.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Glenbrook Information Centre car park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive to Glenbrook Information Centre car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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 --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

NPWS Glenbrook Information Centre Alt = 144 m
The NPWS information centre and car park are found just before the 'toll both' on Bruce Road. You will find tap water, toilets, garbage bins and information signs about the region. A great spot to chat to staff and get updates on the conditions in the park.

(0 km) Glenbrook Information Centre car park to Jelly Bean Pool
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 503 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -88 m
From the bottom of the car park in front at the visitor information centre, the walk follows the direction of the 'Jellybean Pool' sign down the hill. The path leads down the hill passing two benches (on the right) and then descends track (and steps) into the bush. The track winds down the hill for a while, crossing a road two times on the way. The walk comes to the road a third time, just before the end of the sealed section, at a large gravel clearing (Jelly Bean Pool car park). The walk continues down the car park to the bins at the bottom, near a 'Jelly Bean Pool' sign.
Continue straight: From the bins at the bottom of Jellybean Pool car park, the walk heads down the hill to the 'Jellybean Pool' sign next to the stairs. The walk heads down the stairs and soon turns right, under the rocks. The track then leads below the rocks and turns left, down the metal stairs to the rock platform above Jellybean Pool.

Jellybean Pool Alt = 62 m
Jellybean Pool is a large pool in Glenbrook Creek, just south of the weir. The pool has a few sandy beaches, rock platforms and is surrounded by cliffs. Jumping and diving is not a good idea, and is not permitted. This is a popular spot for locals to swim. Swimming can be dangerous - the creek is especially dangerous after rain. Check with rangers before heading in.

(0.5 km) Jelly Bean Pool to Eastern side of Causeway
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 316 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From the bottom of the metal stairs, the walk follows the edge of the creek upstream keeping the water (This creek does become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain). The track is not very obvious but this section of the walk winds over and around boulders beside the main creek until coming to a paved area just before the Bruce Road causeway. The walk heads through the paved area to Bruce Road, with the causeway and creek still on the left.

(0.82 km) Eastern side of Causeway to Campfire Creek sign side of Causeway
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 13 m Time =
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the paved area side of the causeway, the walk crosses the creek via the causeway, then heads to the area beneath the 'Camp Fire Creek Track' sign. The causeway may be impassable after rain.

Glenbrook causeway Alt = 61 m
Glenbrook causeway is the only way for vehicles to cross Glenbrook Creek. It is a concrete road, with a raised gutter for pedestrians to cross the creek. The causeway is subject to flooding. Glenbrook causeway is a crossing point for many of the popular walks throughout the Glenbrook Valley area.

(0.83 km) Campfire Creek sign side of Causeway to To Link Track sign intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.99 km Time = 42 mins
Climb = 87 m Descent = -60 m
Turn right: From the causeway, the walk follows the 'Camp Fire Creek Track' sign along the water's edge to the signposts for 'Red Hands Cave' and 'Car park'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Red Hands Cave' sign, keeping the creek to the right. The track winds and undulates, soon coming to a rock platform which crosses a creek (with the gully on the left). Here, the walk continues along the lower track, not heading up the rock steps. The track continues along the hillside and comes to a sign titled 'Neighbours'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads across the small bridge and up the track. The walk soon passes over another small wooden bridge and then continues through the bush, with the creek on the right. Winding for a short time, the track comes to an un-signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, winding above the creek (on the right). The track follows the hillside for quite some time, passing near the creek in places, before coming to a 'Glenbrook Causeway' sign.

(2.82 km) To Link Track sign intersection to Axe Grinding Grooves
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 407 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'To Link Track' sign, which leads the track above the creek (keeping the creek below on the right). The track continues undulating above the creek for some time before passing a sign (with information about the grinding grooves), and almost immediately arrives at a rocky creek junction.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Axe Grinding Grooves Alt = 87 m
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. More info

(2.82 km) To Link Track sign intersection to Red Hands Cave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.08 km Time = 30 mins
Climb = 121 m Descent = -32 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Red Hands Cave' sign down across the creek. The track leads over a small rise across another smaller creek, then follows the hillside for a short while, passing a bench seat and then a small log bridge. The track then starts tending left, heading up to a rocky outcrop where the walk arrives at the metal verandah of 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.

(3.9 km) Red Hands Cave to Red Hands Cave car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 503 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From Red Hands Cave, the walk heads up the stairs, winding to be above Red Hands Cave. The track then continues across the rocky surface, slowly climbing through the bush and leading away from the rock outcrop. The track winds through a few rocky outcrops, tending right, before coming to a car park and 'Red Hands Cave' sign (pointing back to the cave).

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.

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
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Getting there

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Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
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Driving Directions
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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 1.2 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 4.7 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 5.3 km
Getaway Disposals 549 High St , Penrith (02) 4732 2285 7.4 km
Mitchell Adventure 24 Henry St , Penrith (02) 4731 8482 8.3 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave (via Jellybean Pool)
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 5 km (to the N)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 26 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 27 km (to the E)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
44 km (to the E)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 49 km (to the ESE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      34°Showers. Storms developing.
Thu20°|30°Possible shower.
Fri19°|35°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|28°Possible late shower.
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 Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Grand Canyon walking track
The Grand Canyon walking track will be closed from Wednesday 14 October 2015 to mid-June 2016. The closure is necessary to allow work to continue on improving the walking track. Access for canyoners will be on weekends only. Access from Evans Lookout via Beauchamp Falls to the Grose Valley will remain open. Evans Lookout carpark, Loop carpark, and Neates Glen carpark will remain open. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 47878877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens picnic area is closed for maintenance. This includes the Gorge Walking track. No access to the area is permitted.Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Hawkesbury area office on (02) 4588 2400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Prince Henry cliff walk, Leura
Blue Mountains City Council wishes to advise that Prince Henry cliff walk between Majestic lookout and the junction with the Leura Cascades walk is currently closed due to a landslip. Detours will be in place and clearly signposted around the affected area. Access from the Leura picnic area to the cascades is unaffected. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Tourism on 1300 653 408 or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Butterbox Swamp track
The traditional access to Butterbox Canyon via the endangered swamp is now closed and rehabilitated. No access permitted. Canyoners should use the new track provided. Temporary signage is in place.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Claustral canyon access change
Access to Claustral canyon via the previous route across private land at Mount Tomah is no longer possible due to landholders denying access. Canyoners should respect the rights of Mount Tomah residents and avoid using private land. Alternative access from the west side of Mount Bell has been identified. For more information, please contact the Blue Moauntains Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Cahills lookout - Katoomba
As a result of a recent bushfire, Cahills lookout remains closed until further notice. For more information, please contact Blue Mountains City Council on (02) 4780 5000.

Closed areas: Waratah Native Gardens
Waratah Native Gardens Some areas of this park are closed due to a major landslip event occurring across The Gorge Walking Track. Closed areas include The Gorge Walking Track in the Blue Mountains National Park. A full assessment is underway to determine the extent of damage and to ensure the area is made safe. The Gorge Walking Track is closed at the entry trackhead however the Waratah Native Gardens Day Use and Picnic Area located off Valley Ridges Road Berambing (west of Bilpin) has now been reopened. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877, open seven days 9am to 4.30pm, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines


Walker Feedback

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Dominika - Black Map IP:206.16.17.xxx | 2013-04-23 07:50:07
Hi there,
The map on the PDF is coming up black with arrows for the track.
Cheers.
Ian - Problems with track notes IP:58.111.134.xxx | 2014-07-31 12:55:22
Red Hands Cave, despite the ironwork, is truly impressive. However there are a number of errors in the track notes for the first part of the walk. We wasted quite a lot of time because of them.

1. The "Glenbrook Information Centre" is, in fact, the National Par Visitor Centre. There is another "Glenbrook Information Centre" on the Great Western Highway.

3. There are no metal stairs. Maybe there were once.

2. The description for finding the track from Jellybean Pool needs work. It is extremely rough and at the Jellybean Pool end there is no indication that there is even a track.
admin - re: Problems with track notes Super Administrator | 2014-07-31 22:09:59
Ian wrote:
Red Hands Cave, despite the ironwork, is truly impressive. However there are a number of errors in the track notes for the first part of the walk. We wasted quite a lot of time because of them.


Hi Ian
Thanks for taking the time to send through the feedback. I hope you enjoyed the walk - sorry for the trouble you had. You can see my comments below.

Ian wrote:
1. The "Glenbrook Information Centre" is, in fact, the National Par Visitor Centre. There is another "Glenbrook Information Centre" on the Great Western Highway.

Okay I understand the confusion. I have added "NPWS" before Glenbrook (since NPWS have a few visitor centers in the Blue Mountains). In the notes I almost always have several bits of information about a location or direction - in this case I did also say that it was on Bruce Road and near the tool both at the parks entrance. I do hope this change will avoid the same confusion.

Ian wrote:
3. There are no metal stairs. Maybe there were once.

Here is a photo of the metal stair case I mentioned (just before Jellybean pool). Does it look familiar?? or do you think it has been removed?
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Ian wrote:
2. The description for finding the track from Jellybean Pool needs work. It is extremely rough and at the Jellybean Pool end there is no indication that there is even a track.

Thanks Ian - yes this section of the walk is rough and not very clear. I have updated the notes to hopefully make this clearer and give more helpful guidance.

Thanks again for the feedback - feel free to leave any other comments or email me with more information. Thanks for helping make these notes better for the next people.

Matt :)
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