Figure 8 Pools Photography & Hike Tour (Morning)

Figure 8 Pools Photography & Hike Tour (Morning)

Figure 8 Pools Photography & Hike Tour (Morning)


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Sydney’s ONLY licensed Tour provider for the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park!

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This is our favourite Figure 8 Pools trip! Our morning Figure 8 Pools Photography & Hike Experience takes you into the Royal National Park just after sunrise where you will experience the natural beauty of the National Park and the Figure 8 Pools in a different light. Beat the crowds by getting an early start, see more wildlife and explore this area with less crowds on our 1/2 day morning tour from Sydney.

With jaw dropping mountain views, rolling hills, aqua colour water, native animals, wildlife, unique coastal shacks and even simple morning light, you will be overwhelmed with an abundant supply of epic photos! Hike along the Coast Track down to the 8 pools, cool off and swim in the rock pools and we’ll even help you get your insta-famous Figure 8 Pools photos too. Explore the beautiful surrounding area before the hike back up and our drive 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
  • 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

Need to Know

  • This is a 1/2 Day Morning Tour Experience
  • Medium High Fitness required

What to Bring

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

1 Pick up and Drop off location offered in Sydney: 

Pickup Time: 5:45am
Drop off in Sydney: around 12:30pm

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 as 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 2.5-3 hours total return time. The climb back up is 215m or 700 and 6km or 4mi hike return.

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

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. Explore this spectacular area found just 37 Km (23 miles) and only 45 minutes south of 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
Beat the crowds on our 1/2 Day morning experience

Guided coastal hike along the Royal National Park Coast Track

Visit the Figure 8 Rock Pools

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

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