Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike Tour (Full Day)

Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike Tour (Full Day)

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Experience Sydney’s ONLY tour visiting the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park!

Barefoot Downunder takes you on an adventure to explore the Worlds 2nd oldest National Park – the Royal National Park. For a fun Eco-friendly tour that includes coastal hiking and bush walking, beaches, Figure 8 Pools, spotting native wildlife, and spectacular scenery, you will want to book on our Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike Tour!


  • Full Day Tour – 9 Hours
  • 3-hour return guided hike along the Coast Track
  • Visit the Figure 8 Pools
  • Explore other areas in the Royal National Park at Wattamolla Lagoon & Beach
  • Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops photo stop
  • Scenic Grand Pacific Drive
  • 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

Whats not included:

  • Drinks or lunch (A light lunch can be provided at an additional cost of $8pp and includes a Chicken or Veggie Roll. Must be booked in the day before the tour)

Pick up time: 7am

Return to Sydney: Approx 4:30pm

Location pick up and drop off: 812 George Street, Haymarket in front of St Laurence Church

Bring: 3 Litres of water, lunch, sunscreen, swimmers, towel, camera, change of clothes or shirt and your fitness!

Wear: Shoes – trainers or hiking boots, comfortable clothing

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. See one of Illawarra’s best lookout spots, also known internationally as a major hang gliding point at Bald Hill Lookout for spectacular coastal views and drive along the famous Grand Pacific Drive for breathtaking views of the south coast.

Enjoy a guided hike in the Royal National Park through coastal heathland and rainforest along part of the Coast Track. Enjoy 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 to 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. Rock hop around the headlands to reach the Figure 8 Pools and spend some time to explore this spectacular area, swim in naturally formed rock pools of all sizes and shapes including the famous Figure 8! Grab your insta-famous #figure8pools photo while here!

After the hike up the mountains, we head off to visit a little slice of paradise down the south coast at Wattamolla where the waterfall, lagoon and beach are at your fingertips. Take a walk up to Providential Point Lookout if you like, enjoy panoramic views and see the impressive sandstone cliffs and headlands surrounding the local area.

After a full days adventure, sit back and relax as we pump some good tunes and make our way out of the Royal National Park back to Sydney. To get a glimpse of the day and the Figure 8 Rock pools, watch our video here!

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, slippery and 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 hours total return time. The climb back up is 273m or 900ft 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.

Due to the nature of our activities, hike and fitness level we find we are suited to ages 15-50 yrs. This tour is not suited to ages over 55 years unless you run marathons, hike daily and/or train regularly! Kids must be aged 12 yrs and up and with a parent/guardian. 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 8 Pools are only accessible and safe during low tide and calm ocean conditions. Tours run only during the low tide times, however, if the pools are not safe due to big seas then a longer hike or alternative activity will be offered for your safety on the day, and in some cases cancelled. 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. 

DURATIONFull Day Trip – 9 Hours
WEARMust wear closed in shoes, either hiking boots or trainers, shoes with grip
BRINGMinimum 3L Bottle of water, lunch, sunscreen, towel, swimmers and a change of clothes or shirt
Ultimate views at Australia’s best-known lookout and hang-gliding spots at Bald Hill

Guided coastal hike along the Royal National Park Coast Track

Visit the Figure 8 Rock Pools

Relax, swim and explore at Wattamolla Lagoon and Beach

Drive across the World Famous Sea Cliff Bridge on the Grand Pacific Drive

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


9 Hours




12+, 55+ must be acitve hikers, Suited to ages 18-49 yrs


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

Tour Reviews

September 11, 2016

“Fantastic and fun tour!” – TripAdvisor

Had a great time with BFDU tour to Figure8Pools. Deb and Adam were friendly and fun tour guides more like friends. Other bunch of people were friendly and became friends by the end of the tour. Great spot to spend a day. Hike, swim and enjoy in the pool. Thanks Deb and Adam for the memorable experience!

November 6, 2016

“Incredible adventures!!! Paul, you rock!!” – TripAdvisor

Both the blue mountains and figure of 8 pools tours were awesome!! Paul was our guide for both and he did an amazing job. He was very knowledgable, interesting and loads of fun! For both tours we went to locations that we were the only tour there, and Paul was more than willing to take photos for us, tell us the history of the area etc.

The company (and Paul) were very safety aware and this meant that we had complete faith in them. They were incredibly accommodating and helpful throughout the whole booking and pre-tour information stage. We would thoroughly recommend both tours and are so grateful to them for the awesome days we had.

August 7, 2017

– Facebook

I did the figure eight pools tour and it was absolutely wonderful, it is probably the best tour around Sydney. The weather was perfect, we have seen amazing spots of the beach at the east of the Royal National Park, the hike to the figure eight pools was splendid, the guide Paul is funny and explained to us so many things about the area.

I jumped into the natural pools, it was cold but so nice and pure! The lunch was very good, and it gave us some strength after the hiking. We went to a lovely beach at the end where I went swimming again! Simply a perfect day that I will not forget. Thank you Barefoot, I really recommend it to everyone who love adventure and nature.

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