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The Figure 8 Pools is located in the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney. Join us on the ONLY licensed tour to the Figure 8 Pools with Barefoot Downunder for an adventure and an experience you will never forget!

Our morning Figure 8 Pools Photography & Hike Experience takes you into the Royal National Park just after sunrise where you will experience the natural beauty of the National Park and the Figure 8 Pools in a different light. Get an early start to the day, beat the crowds and make unforgettable memories on our 1/2 day morning tour from Sydney!


  • 3-hour return guided hike along the Coast Track
  • Visit the Figure 8 Pools and explore the unique area, get your #figure8pools photo!
  • 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 morning 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 (12-17 yrs age of kids, students must hold a valid student ID card & bring on day)

Meeting/Drop off location

 We offer 1 meeting 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.

Departs: 5:45am   Returns: around 12:30pm

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.

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 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, aquamarine coloured water, native wildlife including birds, lizzards, Wallabies, marine life including whales during the migration season (May-Nov), unique coastal shacks and even simple morning light, you will be overwhelmed with an abundant supply of epic photos!

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. 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 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 hike 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. Due to the nature of our activities, hike and fitness level we find we are suited to ages 15-59 yrs. For those over 59 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.