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Red Hands Cave
Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
13.3 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 0.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 9 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 9 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

This is a short walk down to Red Hands Cave from the Resolute Picnic Area. The walk loops from the picnic area through the heath and down to the overhang of the cave. The Aboriginal rock art is quite faded but is estimated to be over 2000 years old. This makes for an interesting historic walk, great as an appetiser before a picnic lunch at Resolute Picnic Area. (open in app)

Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Red Hands Cave

Map of Walk


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Resolute Picnic Area
Int. West Head Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk
Red Hands Cave
Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Resolute Picnic Area

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Print a map and track notes here
 Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301N 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

Resolute Picnic Area
Resolute Picnic Area +
Track from Resolute Picnic Area
Track from Resolute Picnic Area +
Sign post at Red Hands Cave intersection
Sign post at Red Hands Cave intersection +

Track through heath
Track through heath +
Red hand at Red Hands Cave
Red hand at Red Hands Cave +
Track to Resolute Picnic Area
Track to Resolute Picnic Area +


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
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 400m
Time 30 mins

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 Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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.
Around 270m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 130m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 400m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

This whole walk, 400m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 400m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 400m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 290m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 120m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes

Drive to Resolute Picnic Area
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 --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Resolute Picnic Area Alt = 169 m
Resolute picnic area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a large grassed area with benches, shelter, interpretive signs, electric BBQ's and an environmentally-friendly toilet block. The picnic area does not have drinking water, but does have a pay phone and wheelchair-accessible bathroom with baby-changing area. Resolute picnic area is a great place for lunch, with Red Hands Cave, West Head and Resolute Beach and West Head Lookout tracks starting from the picnic area. The picnic area has adequate parking and a bus turn-around area.

(0 km) Resolute Picnic Area to Red Hands Cave
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 249 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -8 m
From Resolute Picnic Area, this walk follow the signs for 'Red Hands Cave' away from the picnic area. The track heads down the sandy service trail for approximately 100m to the intersection marked by the sign on the left.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Red Hands Cave 0.85km' away from the service trail. The track heads slightly downhill before turning right. The track then drops down some stairs, passing around and down a rock shelf to continue to an overhanging rock - Red Hands Cave. The cave is fenced off and marked with informative signs.

Red Hands Cave Alt = 163 m
Red Hands Cave, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small rock overhang just near Resolute Picnic Area. The red hands are made by ochre, clay, being blown over an outspread hand. This Aboriginal rock art has been given an estimation of approximately 2000 years in age.

(0.25 km) Red Hands Cave to Resolute Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 154 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From Red Hands Cave, the walk heads up the slight hill keeping the rocky outcrop to the left of the track. The walk leads approximately 30m to a signposted intersection.

Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads along the rocky outcrop keeping it on the left as it heads up the stairs for approximately 30m into Resolute Picnic Area.

Drive from Resolute Picnic Area
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 --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

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

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by

Campsites in the park
The Basin campground

Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 9.1 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 17.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 17.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 17.4 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 19.9 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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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the WSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 16 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
26 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 26 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 43 km (to the WSW)

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 8 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      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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