Red Hands Cave and Axe Grinding Tour

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs

4.1 km Circuit

211 m

Moderate track
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.

Maps for the Red Hands Cave and Axe Grinding Tour walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Red Hands Cave and Axe Grinding Tour bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Red Hands Cave and Axe Grinding Tour

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.

Length 4.1 km
Time 2 hrs

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


This whole walk, 4.1km has short steep hills.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 4.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 4.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 4.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 3.2km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 880m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Red Hands Cave and Axe Grinding Tour walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Red Hands Cave and Axe Grinding Tour walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Red Hands Cave and Axe Grinding Tour walk starts and ends at the Red Hands Cave car park (gps: -33.783376, 150.59028)
Your main transport option to Red Hands Cave car park is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Central Tablelands weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂