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Figure Eight Pools are a cluster of rock pool formations located south of Sydney in the Royal National Park. Join Barefoot Downunder on the ONLY licensed tour to the Figure 8 Pools!

Sydney’s only licensed tour to the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park! Includes a guided coastal hike and bush-walk with a local and experienced guide, spot native wildlife and marine life, visit the insta-famous Figure 8 Pools.

Let Barefoot Downunder take you on an adventure to explore the worlds 2nd oldest National Park – the Royal National Park! Visit the Figure 8 Pools safely with experienced guides, as a proud Eco-Certified Tour operator our adventure guides clean up rubbish on the hike back and we like to encourage our guests to help in our effort to keep our National Parks Clean.

Inclusions:

  • Guided hike along the Coast Track
  • Visit the Figure 8 Pools where you can swim and grab your insta-photo!
  • Spot native wildlife and marine life
  • Experienced, fun and friendly adventure guides giving you plenty of insightful information
  • Pick up/drop off from select location in Sydney
  • National Park fees

What to Bring

  • 3 Litres of water and food
  • Camera, towel, small backpack, swimsuit,
  • Closed in shoes for hiking, trainers are good, no sandals/flip flops
  • Your fun and friendly personality 😊

Meeting/Drop off location: We offer 1 pick-up and drop off location for our tour in Sydney at 812 George Street, Haymarket. In front of the St Laurence Church, only a 7- Min walk from the Central Train Station and public transport.

Pick up Time: 7am or 9am pending tide time, confirmed the day prior.

Tour length: Approx 7 hours

Cost:  ADULT $138pp —    STUDENT or KIDS $128 (12-17yrs, students must hold a valid student ID card & bring on day)

Other Safety Info         

Must have a Medium-High fitness level for the hike.

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.

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 that you are fit and have a HIGH fitness level. 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 less than an hour drive 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 Sea Cliff Bridge on the 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. Take in 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 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 hear the fascinating facts 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. 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. To get a glimpse of the day and the Figure 8 Rock pools, watch our video here!

IMPORTANT: All our Figure 8 Pool Hikes require a medium-high fitness level as the track we take involves hiking down and back up a steep track and uneven surfaces, rock hopping over two headlands 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 705ft and 6km or 4mi in distance 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.



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.