1 hr 45 mins
Euroka Campground – Nioka
(0km) Nioka Campsite → The Ironbark Picnic Area
Ironbark Picnic Area
(1.31km) The Ironbark Picnic Area → Int of Oaks Cycleway and Campfire Creek access track
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the wide track as it heads downhill to the north. After crossing the gully, the track then heads up the hill. On top of the small hill, the track comes to a intersection with a narrow track on the left (through the dense bush).
(1.57km) Int of Oaks Cycleway and Campfire Creek access track → Axe Grinding Grooves
Axe Grinding Grooves
(2.28km) Axe Grinding Grooves → Red Hands Cave
Turn left: 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
(3.76km) Red Hands Cave → Red Hands Cave car park
Red Hands Cave Picnic Area
Maps for the Euroka to Red Hands Cave walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Penrith||1:25 000 Map Series||90303N PENRITH||NSW-90303N|
|Penrith||1:100 000 Map Series||9030 PENRITH||9030|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||1 hr 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||No directional signs (5/6)|
|Experience Required||Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||No facilities provided (5/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
3.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 710m is very steep. The remaining (260m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.6km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (710m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
2km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 1.6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (710m) Has no directional signs.
2.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.3km requires some bushwalking experience. The remaining (710m) requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.
Around 3.6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 710m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
1.9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (710m) has no facilities provided.
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.
Total climbing: 51m
1 km Return
This is a cultural walk with two significant sites being visited along the way. The walk leaves the quiet Red Hands Cave picnic area and winds down the valley to the Axe Grinding Grooves, once used by Indigenous Australians. The track then follows Campfire Creek up to Red Hands Caves and visits the magnificent cave paintings before returning to the picnic area for a bite of lunch.
Total climbing: 211m
4.1 km Circuit
4.4 km One way
This walk takes the lovely track up through Red Hands Gully to the amazing hand painting of Red Hands Caves. This historic and cultural feature is complemented by the Grinding Grooves along Campfire Creek. An excellent walk through some beautiful bush. There is a picnic area halfway – a great spot to stop for lunch.
Total climbing: 397m
8.3 km Circuit
3 hrs 45 mins
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.
Total climbing: 396m
8.4 km Circuit
3 hrs 45 mins
This two day circuit, returning to Glenbrook Station, is a scenic walk which passes many of the tourist attractions within the park. The walk winds through some wonderful valleys, and various natural and historic features, sleeping the night high on the ridge at Darug camping area. A great way to spend a weekend walking near Glenbrook.
Total climbing: 790m
16.6 km Circuit
This two day walk covers large sections of the Glenbrook Gorge between the two train stations. As well as winding through the gorge, the walk travels up onto the ridges to pass Red Hands Cave and camp the night at Darug camping area. The gorge section from the causeway to the Nepean River presents many opportunities to get your feet wet, too. This is a wonderfully picturesque and challenging walk.
Total climbing: 1136m
18.8 km One way
Very experienced only
This is a leisurely three day walk which heads along the ridges from Woodford down to Glenbrook. Features of this walk include the many great views, lush bushland, and Glenbrook Creek with Jellybean Pools. A great walk with much to offer those looking for a relaxing few days of walking.
Total climbing: 731m
29.6 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This circuit walk starts from the Euroka Clearing and follows a track beside Euroka Creek then fairly steeply to the Nepean River. The river is a great spot to enjoy the sandy bank, large surrounding hills and the passing boats. The walk returns along Bennetts Ridge trail. The wildfowers in spring add a whole new dimension to this walk.
Total climbing: 156m
2.8 km Circuit
1 hr 15 mins
544 m Return
This short, pleasant walk takes you down to a naturally formed water hole, somewhat in the shape of a jelly bean. The picturesque swimming hole near Glenbrook is popular among locals. The track is well-defined and has staircases in steeper sections. The area can be particularly dangerous after rain, check with the rangers before venturing down. The start of this walk is found in the car park, by turning left about 200m after passing the toll gate at the Glenbrook entrance to the park.
Total climbing: 20m
218 m Return
This short, pleasant walk, starts close to the Glenbrook entrance of the Blue Mountains National Park. The walk follows a staircase and track down to Blue Pool. The blue colouring of the water can vary in intensity, depending on water and weather conditions. A popular swimming hole, this creek is particularly dangerous after rain, take care when swimming.
Total climbing: 39m
522 m Return
This enjoyable walk leads to the beautiful feature that is Blue Pool. This natural pool can appear an amazing colour, and can be quite popular with swimmers. If Blue Pool is too crowded for your liking, there is an optional sidetrip which heads further up the creek to Glenbrook sandbar. The sandbar offers a sandy beach at a nice stretch of creek, also a pleasant spot for a dip.
Total climbing: 175m
2.5 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This walk visits the Jellybean Pools, a popular swimming hole and lovely area in Glenbrook Gorge. Starting at the Glenbrook entrance to the Blue Mountains National Park, the walk follows a well maintained track down the hill, crossing a road a couple of times to come to the Jellybean Pool. The river can be particularly dangerous after rain, so if in doubt check with the rangers. A great place to cool off on hot days.
Total climbing: 91m
1 km Return
This walk starts from the Glenbrook information centre, just inside the national park and follows a well defined track down to the Glenbrook Creek and the gorge. The walk is popular with locals looking for a place to swim. The gorge is particularly dangerous after rain, so appropriate care should be taken. The creek, water holes and the high cliffs make this unique place a wonderful place to visit.
Total climbing: 122m
1.7 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This is not so much a walk as a ‘park the car and enjoy the lookout’. The walk is short but the views are great. If you are in the area, this spot is well worth a visit. The views from the lookout include Glenbrook Gorge, the Nepean River and Western Sydney, looking over Penrith. The lookout is accessible by people in wheelchairs, and worth the drive along dirt road to get there.
Total climbing: 9m
68 m Return
The Oaks Picnic Area is the starting point for this long walk across the ridge line linking to Woodford. The Oaks Fire Trail winds its way over the hills, with many views into the surrounding valleys and bush land. This is a great walk to start extending your walking distance and stamina, while enjoying a scenic track. It does follow a management trail and is popular with mountain bike riders.
Total climbing: 800m
18.1 km One way
This short walk to Lapstone Lookout is easily accessed from Lapstone train station. So next time you miss your train, take the short walk down to the lookout and view the Nepean River and surrounding lands. Lapstone Lookout is a great place to pass some time while enjoying a view.
Total climbing: 43m
756 m Return
This walk offers a great way to see the Nepean River and marvel at the mouth of Glenbrook Gorge. Starting from Lapstone Station, the walk travels alongside the Nepean River to the junction with Glenbrook Creek. The area is filled with large boulders, pools and many neat spots to explore before returning to Lapstone.
Total climbing: 172m
3.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Although the train tunnel is closed to the public, this short walk does give you a view of the eastern (bricked up) entrance of the tunnel. The first half of the walk follows the sandstone cuttings where the train once went. For the second half of the walk to the tunnel, you walk on the Northern side of the cutting, giving you a view into the man-made gully.
Total climbing: 133m
1.4 km Return
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/etrc
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.