Red Hands Cave Circuit from Campfire Creek

3 hrs 45 mins

8.3 km Circuit

397 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Red Hands Cave Circuit from Campfire Creek 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 Circuit from Campfire Creek bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Red Hands Cave Circuit from Campfire Creek

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 8.3 km
Time 3 hrs 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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


6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.7km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (380m) is very steep.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 8km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 4.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 3.8km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.3km 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 Circuit from Campfire Creek walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Red Hands Cave Circuit from Campfire Creek walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Red Hands Cave Circuit from Campfire Creek walk starts and ends at the Campfire Creek car park (gps: -33.780202, 150.61726)
Your main transport option to Campfire Creek 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 :)