Sydney’s ONLY licensed Tour provider for the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park!
***Tours operate September to May and close down during the Australian winter period from June through to August as our team takes a much needed break – and travel the world!***
Barefoot Downunder takes you on an adventure to explore the Figure 8 Pools in the Worlds 2nd oldest National Park – the Royal National Park. For a fun Eco-friendly tour that includes coastal hiking and bush walking, beaches, rock pools including the famous Figure 8 Pool, spotting native wildlife, and spectacular scenery, you will want to book on our next trip from Sydney!
- Full Day Tour – 9/9.5 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
- Famous Sea Cliff Bridge on the 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
What to Bring:
- 3 Litres (100 oz) of water and lunch
- Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, small backpack, camera, change of clothes or shirt (you will sweat!)
- Closed in shoes for hiking – something with grip, trainers are good, no sandals/flip flops please
- Your fun and friendly personality 😊
Cost: ADULT $148 (ages 18 yrs and up) — STUDENT or KIDS $128 (12-17yrs, students must hold a valid student ID card & bring on day)
Light Lunch Option: Chicken or Vegetarian Salad Roll $8, book on check out page
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: 7am Drop Off: around 4:30pm
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.