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Red Rocks

  • NewnesNSW Australia (map)

Hiking, exploring and camping in the Red Rocks, high above the Capertee Valley.

This adventure will suit fit people with recent experience at tough and challenging hikes. You need good hiking and camping equipment, and to feel comfortable with heights and some exposure. Consider the walk HARD because we climb onto, then traverse this heavily dissected plateau, including steep ascents and descents, scrambling and climbing, pressing through slots and cracks and off-track navigating.

The area is a maze of cliffs, pagodas, canyons and slots with stunning views across the Capertee Valley. Plan for a total distance of about 20 kilometres, camping Saturday on the plateau and returning to Newnes on Sunday afternoon. We carry all supplies in our packs, including plenty of drinking water which may not be found on the high plateau.

Meet at the old Newnes Hotel ready to depart on foot Saturday morning at 8:00am sharp. Consider travelling on Friday evening and camping at the grassy national park campground at Newnes. There are pit toilets, but no shops or other services at the meeting location. The final section of Wolgan Road is well maintained gravel. There is no public transport to the meeting location, so organise a seat in someone’s car. See this map for directions:

To participate, send an email to Rick ( Have a discussion about fitness, experience and equipment prior to joining the hike, particularly if you have not been on Hike Out trips. Putting your name on a list on social media does NOT confirm attendance! Event numbers are limited.

See trip report and image links to get an understanding of the terrain and conditions.

• No camping or park use fees

• Follow the instructions to reserve your spot. Email only.
• Be at Newnes Hotel ready to depart on foot at 8:00am sharp.
• Let someone know your plans and when you expect to be back.
• Have all supplies and equipment in your backpack, including;
 - Warm and waterproof clothing
 - Tent, sleeping mat and good sleeping bag
 - Food for 2 days/1 night, cooking gear, utensils and fuel
 - Drinking water and water filtration/treatment equipment
 - Supplies for making hot drinks
 - Snacks
 - Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a variety of clothing
 - Map, compass, GPS, PLB, first aid, camera, and all the equipment and supplies that you usually take on a remote hike of this nature.

Friday: Newnes NPWS campground
Saturday: Camping caves near Mount Dawson

It is up to each person to be fully prepared, fit and on time for this adventure. We explore as a group of friends each accepting the personal risks involved with this type of activity. We understand that there is no insurance cover provided.

1. Tom Brennan - Red Rocks Trip Report:

2. Dave Noble - Red Rocks Trip Report:

3. Andrew Smith - Red Rocks Notated Photo Journal:

4. NPWS Newnes Campground:

Event photo by Andrew Smith

This event is planned for members of Hike Out, the friendly, diverse and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts where everyone is always welcome. Find out more at

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