Aboriginal Heritage Track
Guringai Country

20 min to 45 min

1.2 km
circuit

↑ 29 m
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Moderate track
The Aboriginal Heritage Track takes in one of the most popular rock art sites in Ku-ring-gai National Park, and an amazing Aboriginal engraving site. The walk leads out from Resolute Picnic Area to pass by the caves and then continues down the management trail to the engravings. The walk then returns to the picnic area. It is a great way to see historic Aboriginal art in the Sydney region. Let us begin by acknowledging the Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Track to Resolute Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Red hands in Red Hands Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Stairs down to Red Hands Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sign post at Red Hands Cave intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Headland Service Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
After the rain. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Aboriginal Engravings. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Fish engraving. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Barrenjoey Headland from Aboriginal engravings site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.5779146,151.2998212)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Mona Vale Road, A3
  • Turn on to then drive for 30 m
  • Turn slight left onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 25 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn left onto West Head Road and drive for another 350 m
  • Turn slight left onto West Head Road and drive for another 12.3 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 15 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 3 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Resolute Picnic Area car park, the walk heads through the picnic area, away from the road, to follow the 'Red Hands Track 50m' sign. The walk then descends a flight of stairs to the intersection at the bottom.
From the intersection, the walk heads down the hill, following the rocky outcrop to the right of the track. The walk follows this for approximately 30m to the interpretation signs for Red Hands Cave.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 20 m find the "Resolute Picnic Area" (5 m on your left).
Resolute Picnic Area
Resolute Picnic Area

Resolute picnic area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a large grassed area with benches, shelter, interpretive signs, electric BBQ's and an environmentally-friendly toilet block. The picnic area does not have drinking water, but does have a pay phone and wheelchair-accessible bathroom with baby-changing area. Resolute picnic area is a great place for lunch, with Red Hands Cave, West Head and Resolute Beach and West Head Lookout tracks starting from the picnic area. The picnic area has adequate parking and a bus turn-around area.
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Resolute picnic area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a large grassed area with benches, shelter, interpretive signs, electric BBQ's and an environmentally-friendly toilet block. The picnic area does not have drinking water, but does have a pay phone and wheelchair-accessible bathroom with baby-changing area. Resolute picnic area is a great place for lunch, with Red Hands Cave, West Head and Resolute Beach and West Head Lookout tracks starting from the picnic area. The picnic area has adequate parking and a bus turn-around area.

After another 20 m to find the car park.
After another 30 m turn right, to head along West Head Track.
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 75 m turn right, to head along Resolute Track.
After another 65 m find the "Red Hands Cave" (6 m on your left).
Red Hands Cave
Red Hands Cave

Red Hands Cave, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small rock overhang just near Resolute Picnic Area. The red hands are made by ochre, clay, being blown over an outspread hand. This Aboriginal rock art has been given an estimation of approximately 2000 years in age.
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Red Hands Cave, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small rock overhang just near Resolute Picnic Area. The red hands are made by ochre, clay, being blown over an outspread hand. This Aboriginal rock art has been given an estimation of approximately 2000 years in age.

After another 90 m (at the intersection of West Head Track & Resolute Track) turn left, to head along West Head Track (a vehicle track).
After another 135 m (at the intersection of West Head Track & Resolute Track) veer left, to head along West Head Track.
After another 255 m find the "Engravings - West Head Track" (25 m on your left).
Engravings - West Head Track
Engravings - West Head Track

The engravings on West Head were made by the indigenous Guringai people. The engravings depict a man, shark/whale and two eels.
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The engravings on West Head were made by the indigenous Guringai people. The engravings depict a man, shark/whale and two eels.

Turn around, to head along West Head Track.
After another 215 m (at the intersection of West Head Track & Resolute Track) veer right, to head along West Head Track.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Resolute Track & West Head Track) continue straight, to head along West Head Track.
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along West Head Track.
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 45 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Aboriginal Heritage Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.2 km
Time 20 min to 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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