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 travels the world!***
Our afternoon Figure 8 Pools Adventure & Hike allows those who are looking for a hiking tour in Sydney with a later start in the day (and a bit of a sleep in!) or for those wanting a half day tour instead of our full day tour from Sydney.
- 3-hour return guided hike along the Coast Track
- Visit the Figure 8 Pools for your insta-photo and explore this unique location
- 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 Afternoon Tour Experience
- Medium High Fitness required
What to Bring
- 3 Litres (100 oz) of Water
- Camera and snacks/food
- Towel, small backpack, wear your swimsuit under your clothes if you plan to swim
- Closed in shoes for hiking, trainers are good, no sandals/flip flops please
- Your fun and friendly personality
Cost: ADULT $118 — STUDENT or KIDS $108 (12-17yrs age of kids, students must hold a valid student ID card & bring on day)
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 5 Min walk from the Central Train Station and public transport.
Returns: around 6:30PM
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.
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.
Enjoy a half day tour from Sydney and hike to the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park along the Coast Track. Take in the beautiful scenery and coastal views along the 6km (3.7 mi) return guided hike. With jaw dropping mountain views, rolling hills, native animals, wildlife, unique coastal shacks, you will be overwhelmed with an abundant supply of epic photos!
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. 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.
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, 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 2.5-3 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.
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 best suited to ages 15-55 yrs.For those over 55 yrs, you need a high level of fitness and must be fit and active. Kids must be aged 12 yrs and up and with a parent/guardian.
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.