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The Glenbrook area of the Blue Mountains National Park provides many opportunities for bushwalking, swimming and camping. One of the more popular walks in this area is the Red Hands Cave Walk. The walk along the creek to the cave is through a pretty fern filled gully, and bushland containing eucalypts, banksia and mountain devils where there are plenty of birdwatching and reptile spotting opportunities.
The clearly sign-posted walk can be done as a 8km loop which will take more than 2 hours. The track is well formed, soft underfoot and shaded there are some steps and obstacles such as fallen logs and boulders to scramble over. It is not hard and the only obstacle to children would be the time it takes to get to the cave and back. If you wish to see the cave but do not want to walk as far you can drive 13km past the park entry to the Red Hands Cave carpark for a 1km return walk. Conversely, the walk can be made longer if you leave your car outside the National Park or you catch the train and walk from Glenbrook station.
There are more than forty red, yellow and white ochre hand stencils in the cave. These are now protected from vandalism by a metal barrier and it is requested that flash photography is not used and they are not touched The hand markings do not photograph well as they are quite faint but they are easy to distinguish in person. Axe grinding grooves can also be seen on flat rocks by the edge of Campfire Creek, they look like small pools.
Make sure you carry plenty of water especially in warmer months, wear a hat and sunscreen and take some food as the closest shops are at Glenbrook. Toilet facilities are at the Entry point to the Blue Mountains National Park and at the Red Hands Cave carpark which is about 500m up from the cave.