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Hands on Rock

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Address: Cassilis Rd, Gulgong, New South Wales 2852, Australia
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+61 2 6374 2691

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The walk from the car park to the cliff face with the hand paintings is about 600m (each way) over a fairly easy walking track. Once at the cliff you can see the aboriginal... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
Julie C
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Forster, Australia
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We had just walked through the wonderful Drip Gorge and noticed Hands on Rock being mentioned on the brochure we had picked up in Mudgee. The Hands on Rock is about 2 km further up the Ulan - Cassilis road. It is on the left hand side of the road and the first thing you see is an emergency assembly... More 

Thank Anita T
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

The walk from the car park to the cliff face with the hand paintings is about 600m (each way) over a fairly easy walking track. Once at the cliff you can see the aboriginal women’s and children’s hands stencilled on the protected rock face. According to one local aboriginal group, this site is a “no man’s area” as it was... More 

Thank Julie C
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

It is a short walk from the car park and well worth 30mins of your time. The handprints are wearing away but are hugely important in acknowledging a time before white settlers. A beatiful site with magnificent historical importance so a must see if in the area. The walk is not the best path ever but we had young children... More 

Thank familyoffiveonhols
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

This site was an easy walk from the carpark and worth a visit, even as many of the handprints have worn away.

Thank homegal
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

The walk is quite short, but nice. I did it as a follow on from 'the drip' walk and would recommend others do the same to make it worth the longish drive out from Mudgee. You can still see the hands, but they are quite faded compared to the photos (or perhaps the photos are enhanced)

Thank Alex H
Taree, Australia
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545 reviews
292 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2015

This 1.2 km return walk leads to a rock face with hand stencils made by the local Wiradjuri people. The age of these stencils is unknown but they look old. The walk goes through bush with huge eucalyptus trees. It is an easy walk until the end where the path climbs slightly with some loose stones. The stencils are viewed... More 

Thank Aussielins
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2015

An amazingly interesting place, I wish there had been a person there to actually talk about and explain the whole story of the site. I really loved being there.

Thank gleAustralia
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015

The walk from the car park is 550 mtrs, the first 400 mtrs is level & easy however the last 100 mtrs is uphill and requires good footwear and reasonable level of fitness. The viewing platform at the top is good and provides an excellent view of the art.

Thank WilliamWah
Sydney Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

This site is a short walk from the carpark, though not accessible if you are not reasonably fit. The hands and other aboriginal paintings are fading but well worth a look, The site has terrific views of the surrounding countryside and there is a place to light a campfire and cook up a few sausages.

Thank CathJ2010
Sydney, Australia
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120 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2015

We found out about this short walk purely by accident as another group of people mentioned it to us as we were doing the nearby walk at the Drip Gorge. The place is not clearly signed so it can be difficult to find - we drove past it the first time and only just managed to see a small sign... More 

Thank Lilian W

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