The Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park should be on everyone’s bucket list when visiting Sydney and is one of the BEST day trips out of Sydney. If you are stuck for ideas on what to do or would like to escape the hustle and bustle for a day, then this is on our top or our to-do list. Summer is just around the corner and the weather is warming up fast and you need to be prepared for what’s in store when visiting the Figure 8 Pools. Below is our recommended top 5 tips to get you ready this summer for your next exciting day trip down to the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park:
KNOW YOUR FITNESS LEVEL
It depends where you start your hike from, but if you have a car to get you to the Figure 8 Pools or you jump on our tour then the hike will take around 2.5 hours return to complete if we hiked straight there and back. Expect to hike up a steep terrain with an elevation of around 200m on the way back up the mountain. We say a medium to med-high fitness level is good to have.
GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
There is nothing worse than hiking in heat and being tired and hung-over, so make sure you get plenty of rest before a big day of exploring and hiking in the Royal National Park!
BRING AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Not many people are aware that there is no clean drinking water found in the Royal National Park and certainly not at the Figure 8 Pools. During summer months, we say to bring at minimum of 3 litres of drinking water per person, if you can freeze some the night before then you will also have ice cold water to keep you cool during the hike too, trust me it’s always a treat.
A big part of the hike to the Figure 8 Pools is exposed and uncovered, during the summer months it can get very hot so bring a hat and wear the right clothing for sun protection. Even if you pack a light long sleeve shirt just in case you or a friend needs some extra sun protection. Wear sunscreen so you don’t burn, however if you are swimming in the Figure 8 Pools it is best to apply it after your swim. Think about everyone with their sunscreen on jumping in the pools, it is not good for the ecosystem of the rock pools.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
The Figure 8 Pools is not an area you can just visit any time of the day or week and you need to plan your hike during low tide and low surf/swell conditions when it is only safe to visit – we recommend to join us on our day tour to the Figure 8 Pools from Sydney as a safe and fun experience http://barefootdownunder.com.au/book-now/ plus you get an awesome local guide giving you plenty of insightful history of the area. You also get to explore other areas in the Royal National Parks that you wouldn’t do if you went on your own including Wattamolla Beach and the chance to snap a photo of hang-gliders lunging off the cliffs at Bald Hill Lookout! For more information on this area you can also visit the NSW Parks website at https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/figure-eight-pools
You will truly enjoy the beautiful scenery and coastline of the Royal National Park and we kindly ask that you take all your rubbish back with you and even clean-up on the hike back to help keep our National Parks clean. We are firm believers in leaving no trace, and leave a place better than when you found it!