Starting from the dirt car park on the Yaminba Trail (off Newell Highway), Dandry, this circuit walk visits a set of sandstone caves that have some ancient Aboriginal rock art on them. You can walk this loop either with or without a guide, but a guided tour can inform you much better about the history and culture of the area. Informational signposts along the way can be helpful as well. This place is extremely important for the Gamilaraay people, so please do not touch the art. Taking pictures is allowed without a flash. Let us begin by acknowledging the Gamilaraay people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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.
Getting started From the dirt car park on the Yaminba Trail (off Newell Highway), head along the singular track as you move directly away from the Yaminba Trail. Pass between the sign and the seat and follow the track for around 430 metres. Keep left at the 3-way intersection there to continue along the Sandstone Caves Loop (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
Find the car park at the start.
Find the seat at the start.
Then pass the sign (7 m on your left).
After another 410 m continue straight.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 115 m pass a seat (25 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass the "Cave 1" (20 m on your right).
After another 205 m pass a seat (5 m on your right).
After another 10 m come to the "Yaminba Lookout" (6 m on your right).
After another 155 m pass a seat (5 m on your right).
Then pass the "Cave 2A" (7 m on your right).
Then pass the "Cave 2B" (on your right).
After another 95 m pass the "Cave 3" (7 m on your right).
After another 80 m pass the "Cave 4" (8 m on your left).
After another 45 m pass the "Cave 5" (on your right).
After another 95 m pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 430 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Sandstone Caves Loop
1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 5 on route, on average they are 300 m apart with the largest gap of 640 m.