Author: Barefoot Downunder

Author: Barefoot Downunder

figure eight pools tourBarefoot Downunder’s brand new Figure 8 Pools Tour is about to kick off this SPRING!!!

Barefoot Downunder is excited to announce it’s BRAND NEW tour to the Figure Eight Pools in the Royal National Park, providing a fun and adventurous day out for all young backpackers and international travellers.

The Figure 8 Rock Pools is a series of sandstone rock shelfs and natural rock pools found just south of Burning Palms Beach in the Royal National Park. As the name suggests there is a natural pool in the shape of a figure 8, which is also considerer a very lucky number in some countries making the area more popular to visit.

The hike to the Figure Eight pools is very beautiful but also a harder walking track that can take around 3+ hours return involving steep and uneven trails and walking over rock/boulder formations along the coast. The Figure 8 Pools can be dangerous to visit without any prior knowledge in surf conditions and beach safety as the figure eight pools are located on the rock edge of the ocean.

We will be working to set the standards high by providing a fun and safe day tour to the Figure 8 Pools for young visitors and travellers alike.  This will be backed by educating guest on ocean and beach safety, applying our knowledge and experience in adventure guiding, beach and wilderness safety and running trips to the figure eight pools when the tides and swell are low in the day. After visiting the Figure 8 Rock Pools, our tour in Royal National Park will also include visiting areas around Wottamolla or Bundeena for a much needed swim and relax after the hike out. Lunch will also be included on our tour.

Our FIGURE 8 POOLS ADVENTURE TOUR in the Royal National Park is COMING SOON, please keep your eye out for updates on when we will be kicking off!

Some days we get to meet absolute legends on our tour to the Blue Mountains, although I am not talking about our guests this time. (Because we think they are all the greatest!) This time it is the random folklore Ukuleleists that we ran into while in the Blue Mountains.

After our last hoorah and stop up at Scenic World in Katoomba, we piled back in the bus and started our journey back to Sydney. Seeing as we made great time on our trip, I had one more place I wanted to show everyone that’s off the beaten track. Lets just say I call it my ‘Secret Spot’ as you get one of the best views of the Blue Mountains and it’s far from the popular tourist areas i.e. Echo Point.

Walking up to the spot we soon were met by 2 blokes just singing and jamming out on their Ukuleleis enjoying the beauty around us all. What Legends! Thanks for the tunes and for letting us capture this random but very cool moment that will be one to definitely remember. 🙂

 

 

It is not every day you come across a snake while on tour in the Blue Mountains. Listen, you might often get the odd one slither away in front of you while hiking in Wentworth Falls on a hot summers day but even that can be a rare occasion.

But on this particular day in the Blue Mountains our local tour guide was showing his guests the famous 3 Sisters rock formation at Echo Point, a popular destination where hundreds of international visitors flock to daily. He was just finishing up telling the dreamtime stories of the Blue Mountains to his group of backpackers when all of a sudden he saw something come at him from the corner of his eye!

It was outright frightful, scary and entertaining all at the same time….

 

With a variety of snake species up in the Blue Mountains including the eastern brown, copper head, red bellied black and yellow faced whip snake, we think it may have been a never before seen species in Australia called the line snake. I don’t know, ill leave it for you to decide.

What I can tell you is that there is never a dull moment with Barefoot Downunder and our adventure tour guides in the Blue Mountains! 🙂

Waradah

The Blue Mountains is Located just 90 minutes out of Sydney in the Blue Mountains at Echo Point, Katoomba, Waradah Aboriginal Centre is a great place for travellers and visitors to get an introduction to Australia’s Indigenous culture.

With an emphasis on sharing Indigenous culture, guests can enjoy a 25-minute production put on by professional local Aboriginals. It is a great introduction to learn about the culture of the Dharug and Gundungurra tribes through an informative and memorable performance that includes traditional dance and didgeridoo playing.

The centre also showcases beautiful authentic and original artwork and paintings and here one can also pick up a handmade authentic didgeridoo if they choose amongst other unique souvenirs.

Waradah Aboriginal Centre gives you a quick insight into the Indigenous Australian culture and a place that is definitely worth visiting while taking a trip or on tour to the Blue Mountains.

 

The Hunter Valley has a well-earned reputation as Australia’s premier wine region. This area is a must-see for anyone who loves Australian wine and the gourmet food that best accompanies it. Even besides these major attractions, the Hunter Valley has lots to offer. The picturesque landscape of rolling hills and vineyards also contains its fair share of golf courses, luxury spas, historic villages, and farmstays. Located a 3-hour drive from Sydney, this haven is the perfect place to escape for a weekend, a week, or more.

Just three hours south of Sydney, Jervis Bay boasts some of the most idyllic coastal scenery in Australia. Visitors to Jervis Bay are met with pristine beaches, creeks, lagoons and hidden coves. Popular activities in the area include swimming, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, standup paddle boarding, and even whale watching—humpback whales can often be spotted resting in the calm waters of Jervis Bay from June to November.

 

Slightly further inland, you’ll find plenty of bushwalking and cycling tracks, camping grounds, displays of Indigenous culture, and spectacular cliff-top lookouts. The small towns and villages scattered throughout the area host everything from local farmers’ markets to art galleries and fine dining restaurants.

One of Australia’s own World Heritage Sites, the Greater Blue Mountains area features a dynamic landscape of vast gorges, sandstone plateaus, fertile rivers and lakes, and huge cliffs diving headfirst into unexplored valleys. The Blue Mountains are also home to rare and endangered wildlife, many of which rely on the extraordinary diversity of the area’s eucalypt species. These same trees are also responsible for the region’s name, as the landscape’s blueish hue results from the oils released by eucalypts in warm weather. Just 6090 minutes northwest of Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Area is a popular travel spot among outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Hiking trails, abseiling, and magnificent lookouts are just a few of the things drawing more visitors to the Blue Mountains every year.