Figure 8 Pools Adventure & Hike – Afternoon

Figure 8 Pools Adventure & Hike – Afternoon

Figure Eight Pools tour from Sydneys with the ONLY Licensed Tour Operator – Barefoot Downunder. Book your adventure tour today!

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Our 1/2 day Afternoon Figure 8 Pools Hike allows for those looking for a tour in Sydney with a later start, wanting a sleep in or to experience just the Figure 8 Pools instead of the full day tour.

Experience the natural beauty of the Royal National Park and the Figure 8 Pools with jaw dropping mountain views, rolling hills, aqua colour water, native animals and wildlife, unique coastal shacks – you will be overwhelmed with an abundant supply of epic photos! Hike into the Royal National Park and down to the Figure 8 Pools. Cool off and swim in the rock pools, grab your Figure 8 Pools insta-photo or explore the beautiful surrounding area. After spending time to explore at the pools we’ll hike back up the mountain where you can relax on the bus ride back to Sydney.

As a proud Eco-Certified Tour Operator, our adventure guides clean up rubbish on the hike back and we encourage our guests to help in our effort to keep our National Parks Clean.


  • 3-hour return guided hike along the Coast Track
  • Visit the Figure 8 Pools for your insta-photo and explore this unique location
  • Spot native wildlife and whales during the migration season (May-Nov)
  • Experienced, fun and friendly adventure guide
  • Pick up/drop off from select location in Sydney
  • National Park fees

What to Bring

  • 3 Litres of water, snacks/food
  • Towel, sunscreen, wear your swimsuit under your clothes if you plan to swim
  • Closed in shoes for hiking, trainers are good, no sandals/flip flops
  • Your fun and friendly personality

1 Pick up/drop off location: 812 George Street, Haymarket. 7-minute walk from Central Train Station

Pickup Time: 11:30am  Drop off: around 6:30pm

Due to the nature of our activities, hike and fitness level we find we are best suited to ages 15-59 yrs. If over 60 yrs we recommend that you are fit and have a HIGH fitness level. Kids must be aged 12 yrs and up and with a parent/guardian.

Other Safety Info

Barefoot Downunder guides carry an extensive remote wilderness pack which includes a First Aid Kit, defibrillator, E-pirb, Satellite Phone, Oxygen mask and other medical misc goods in case of any emergencies. All guides are trained and have their First Aid CPR Certificates up to date.

All Figure 8 Pools Hikes require a medium-high fitness level and the track we take involves hiking down and back up a steep track, uneven surfaces, rock hopping over two headlands (balance is required), and suited to the fit and active person. The hike itself is around 3 hours total return time. The climb back up is 215m or 700ft and 6km or 4mi hike return. Our guides have the right to not allow you on tour if you do not have the right fitness level.

Our trips are only available during the low-tide times, however if the Figure 8 Pools are not safe to visit on the day due to other dangerous ocean conditions then an alternative activity may be offered or the trip will be cancelled.

The Low Down:

Visit the Royal National Park or as the locals like to call it, the ‘Nasho’, on our eco-adventure tour from Sydney.

Enjoy a half day tour from Sydney and hike to the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park along the Coast Track. See the beautiful scenery and coastal views along the 6km return (3.7 mi) trek spotting native wildlife and birds along with whales and dolphins off the coast during the whale migration season. Our coastal hike includes slippery and uneven terrain, steep sections, an uphill hike, rock hopping and requires a medium-high level of fitness.

Walk through Burning Palms Beach and see the heritage listed Coastal Shacks and learn about the local area and how the ‘shacks’ came to be. We’ll rock hop around the headlands to reach the Figure 8 Pools where you spend time to explore this spectacular area and can swim in naturally formed rock pools of all sizes and shapes including the famous Figure 8. We’ll help you grab that insta-famous #figure8pools photo too!

After exploring at the Figure 8 Pools, we hike back up the mountain to the top and make our way out of the Royal National Park back to Sydney.

* Please read the ‘Need to Know’ tab for further information on the hike, safety and requirements for our Figure Eight Pools Coastal Adventure Tour. The Figure Eight Pools is located on a rock platform and is accessed from Sydney’s Royal National Park. Before you go, please read the NSW National Parks safety checklist. 

DURATION 1/2 Day Trip – 7 Hours
WEAR Must wear closed in shoes, either hiking boots or trainers, shoes with grip
BRING Minimum 3L Bottle of water, sunscreen, snacks, towel, swimmers and a change of clothes or shirt
Guided coastal hike along the Royal National Park Coast Track

Visit the Figure 8 Rock Pools

1/2 Day later start experience

Spot native animals and whales during the migration season

Fun and Experienced Adventure Guides

Transportation & National Park Fees

Additional information


Sydney, Australia


Royal National Park, NSW


6.5 Hrs




12-59 years + medium-high fitness, 60-69 years + high fitness level


Tour dates vary as we operate only on low tide/low swell sea conditions