Sydney Train Walks

From Glenbrook via Red Hand Cave 6h / 21km to Glenbrook

About this walk

Part of this walk covers the Red Hands Cave walking track.

It takes about 6 hours to complete the full 21 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Glenbrook using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Glenbrook at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

From the station follow Burfitt Parade and Bruce Road to the right following the railway tracks.

Eventually the road crosses the railway tracks across a bridge into the National Park.

Across the carpark an information display shows details about the walking tracks in the area.

From the park office a well maintained walking path leads away from the car park to the Jellybean Pool

Follow the walking path down to the Jellybean Pool. It crosses the road twice and ends at the Jellybean Pool carpark

From the Jellybean Pool carpark follow the steps down to the riverside beach.

Make your way to the right of the beach to find a rough path along the river bank.

The path is overgrown and rocky in places, but it is only a very short stretch.

Eventually the path ends at the causeway. You can cross it with dry feet along the concrete ledge on the right.

On the other side of the causeway, directly on the right, a green sign shows the way to Red Hand Cave.

The trail forms a loop around Red Hand cave and the grinding grooves. At the junction follow the sign to the cave.

At the caves a metal cage protects the cave paintings from vandalism.

Continue past the caves until you get to the carpark of Red Hand Caves.

From the car park follow the signs to the link track around the loop to the Grinding Grooves

The path from the car park jeads back down into the gully and ends at a small creek. Cross it and follow the sign to Glenbrook.

Follow the path to the Sandstone Workshop halfway down the gully.

Directly across from the Sandstone Workshop on the right side of the track a rough trail leads up the ridge.

The rough parts of this climb have been marked with red ribbons and stacks of rocks (cairns).

At the top the walking path joins up with The Oaks mountain bike trail. Follow it to the right and watch out for cyclists going at high speed.

A little way up the mountainbike trail a beaten path crosses a short stretch of grass to the road.

Cross the road and the Iron Barks car park to find the fire trail to the Euroka campground.

Cross the gate and follow the trail. It zig zags down a hill and ends at the campground.

Follow the road across the campground to the left to find the information signs.

From the information signs make your way to the Darug camp area.

At the entrance to the Darug camp area a worn path in the dirt shows the trail up the grassy hill.

A grassy trail leads up the hill from there.

A longer trail to the Portal waterhole joins this path. This is an alternative route to the Portal waterhole.

Where the trail meets the road, follow it to the right.

To the right of the road a rough car park shows where the Portal Waterhole is.

Cross the fence and follow the sign to the waterhole.

The path passed the waterhole to the right and curves back to the road after.

The trail eventually rejoins the road. Follow it to the right to the lookouts.

The road continues straight through the bush and eventually climbs steeply up Mount Portal.

The first lookout on the left side is the Tunnel View lookout.

There are no safety fences at the Tunnel View lookout. Don't go too close to the edge.

Return to the road from the lookout and follow it to the left where it will eventually end at Mount Portal lookout.

From the car park make your way past the rock climbing area to the fenced lookout.

Follow the road back to the junction with the trail to the camping you used earlier.

From there follow the Euroka walking track back to Glenbrook.

The trail end at a zig zag bend in the road down to the causeway.

Cross the causeway and follow the road on the other side back up to the park office.

From the park office a sign will show the way out of the park.

At the exit of the park, cross the bridge across the railway and follow it to the left.

The road will follow the railway until you find the station. The road across the street from the station leads to the shops and restaurants nearby.

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.