Red Hands Cave Circuit via Campfire Creek

Download & Print Map and Notes

3 hrs 45 mins

8.4 km Circuit

396 m

Experienced only
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.* This walk passes through very remote areas and sections have no visible track. At least one person in your group should have training and experience in off track walking and navigation. Even with these notes and a GPS these extra skills and equipment are required.

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

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Red Hands Cave Circuit via 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 8.4 km
Time 3 hrs 45 mins

Grade 5/6

Experienced only
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


6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.8km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (900m) is very steep.

Quality of track

8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 710m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. The remaining (190m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


4.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2.9km is clearly signposted. The remaining (710m) Has no directional signs.

Experience Required

Around 8km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 710m requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience.


Around 8km 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.


5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 2.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (710m) has no facilities provided.

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Red Hands Cave Circuit via Campfire Creek walk.

Other Nearby walks

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

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Red Hands Cave Circuit via 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 🙂