Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike Tour – Full Day

Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike Tour – Full Day

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Figure 8 Pools Day tour with Barefoot Downunder. Experience Sydney’s ONLY tour visiting the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park!

Barefoot Downunder takes you on an adventure to explore in the Worlds 2nd oldest National Park – the Royal National Park. Our eco-friendly tour includes a coastal hike and bush walk with spectacular coastal views, unique rock pools including the Figure 8 Pool and experienced local guide taking you here safely!

For an unforgettable experience join us on our Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike Tour!


  • Guided hike along the Coast Track in the Royal National Park (6 km Return)
  • Visit the Figure 8 Pools and explore this unique area
  • Grab your insta-photo and go for a swim – we will give you all our photos we take for free!
  • Spot wildlife including Wallabies, birds, lizards, deer, dolphins and marine life
  • Experienced, fun and friendly adventure guide taking you here safely and providing you with unique interesting information of the area
  • Pick up/drop off from select location in Sydney
  • National Park fees

Extra’s: A light lunch can be provided at an additional cost of $8pp and includes a choice of Chicken or Veggie Salad Roll. Must be booked in advance, at least 1 day before tour.

Pick up time: 7am or 9am pending on tides

Tour length – approx 7 hours

Pick up/drop off location: 812 George Street, Haymarket in front of St Laurence Church

Bring: 3 Litres of water, food, sunscreen, swimmers, towel, camera and your fitness!

Wear: Shoes – trainers or hiking boots, comfortable clothing

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.

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, 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 215 or 700ft and 6km or 4mi hike return.

Due to the nature of our activities, hike and fitness level we find we are suited to those ages 15-59 yrs with medium-high fitness and if over 59 years must be active with high fitness level. 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. 

DURATION Full Day Trip – 9.5 Hours
WEAR Closed in shoes, either hiking boots or trainers, shoes with grip
BRING Minimum 3L Bottle of water, lunch, sunscreen, towel, swimmers, change of clothes optional
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




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