Tag: Royal National Park

Tag: Royal National Park

The Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park should be on everyone’s bucket list when visiting Sydney and is one of the BEST day trips out of Sydney. If you are stuck for ideas on what to do or would like to escape the hustle and bustle for a day, then this is on our top or our to-do list. Summer is just around the corner and the weather is warming up fast and you need to be prepared for what’s in store when visiting the Figure 8 Pools. Below is our recommended top 5 tips to get you ready this summer for your next exciting day trip down to the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park:

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  1. KNOW YOUR FITNESS LEVEL 

    It depends where you start your hike from, but if you have a car to get you to the Figure 8 Pools or you jump on our tour then the hike will take around 2.5 hours return to complete if we hiked straight there and back. Expect to hike up a steep terrain with an elevation of around 200m on the way back up the mountain. We say a medium to med-high fitness level is good to have.

  2. GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP

    There is nothing worse than hiking in heat and being tired and hung-over, so make sure you get plenty of rest before a big day of exploring and hiking in the Royal National Park!

  3. BRING AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

    Not many people are aware that there is no clean drinking water found in the Royal National Park and certainly not at the Figure 8 Pools. During summer months, we say to bring at minimum of 3 litres of drinking water per person, if you can freeze some the night before then you will also have ice cold water to keep you cool during the hike too, trust me it’s always a treat.

  4. COVER UP

    A big part of the hike to the Figure 8 Pools is exposed and uncovered, during the summer months it can get very hot so bring a hat and wear the right clothing for sun protection. Even if you pack a light long sleeve shirt just in case you or a friend needs some extra sun protection. Wear sunscreen so you don’t burn, however if you are swimming in the Figure 8 Pools it is best to apply it after your swim. Think about everyone with their sunscreen on jumping in the pools, it is not good for the ecosystem of the rock pools.

  5. PLAN YOUR TRIP

    The Figure 8 Pools is not an area you can just visit any time of the day or week and you need to plan your hike during low tide and low surf/swell conditions when it is only safe to visit – we recommend to join us on our day tour to the Figure 8 Pools from Sydney as a safe and fun experience https://barefootdownunder.com.au/book-now/ plus you get an awesome local guide giving you plenty of insightful history of the area.  You also get to explore other areas in the Royal National Parks that you wouldn’t do if you went on your own including Wattamolla Beach and the chance to snap a photo of hang-gliders lunging off the cliffs at Bald Hill Lookout! For more information on this area you can also visit the NSW Parks website at https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/figure-eight-pools

You will truly enjoy the beautiful scenery and coastline of the Royal National Park and we kindly ask that you take all your rubbish back with you and even clean-up on the hike back to help keep our National Parks clean. We are firm believers in leaving no trace, and leave a place better than when you found it!

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BAREFOOT DOWNUNDER GRANTED COMPETITIVE 3-YEAR LICENSE TO THE FIGURE EIGHT POOLS, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

Barefoot Downunder has successfully won the tender for a 3-year licence to run their unique Figure Eight Pools day tour in the Royal National Park (worlds 2nd oldest National Park) on Sydney’s doorstep. “It is exciting to have created a new tour in Sydney that showcases the beautiful Royal National Park that is right at our doorstep,” Co-owner, Adam Hammond said. “Over the last year, we have worked really hard in providing a fun and safe experience for travellers to visit this incredible area and are gearing up for a bigger season ahead.”

The Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure and Hike Tour includes a hike along the Coast Track to the awe-inspiring Figure of Eight Pools, a walk through Burning Palms Beach to see the heritage listed ‘Shack Communities’, Garie’s Beach for a relaxing picnic lunch, swimming and exploring at Wattamolla Lagoon and Beach, Bald Hill Lookout at Stanwell Tops, and finishing with a drink back at Side Bar, Sydney’s local travellers bar.

Barefoot Downunder see themselves as an industry leader and practice ecosustainability on their tours, which includes recycling and picking up rubbish during the day to help keep the parks clean. They are becoming eco-certified this year, which has already been a big part of their business practice.

“We are very proud to have won the tender and endeavour to continue providing a well managed and safe experience. Not only is our tour about the figure Eight Pool, it is about increasing others awareness of respecting the environment and future users of the park,” Co-owner Debbie Hammond said.

Barefoot Downunder successfully trialled the tour for one year before being granted a 3-year competitive allocated license to continue operating the tours to the Figure Eight Pools in the Royal National Park following a competitive tender process.

MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 2017

 

Sydney is a wonderful city, but sometimes you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle, and head into the wild, beautiful nature. Luckily, here in New South Wales, we have that in abundance. The area surrounding the city is full of wonderful destinations and hiking trails for all tastes. However, spending time in the nature brings its own requirements too. Let’s take a peek at the best spots around Sydney for hiking enthusiasts, and what indispensable items you shouldn’t leave home without.

The Blue Gum Walk

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The Blue Gum Walk is an excellent first choice since it’s right at the northern outskirts of Sydney and fairly easy to reach. The 4.2-kilometer route around Joe’s Mountain will take you through the greenery of the local forest. The pretty great thing about it is that it’s circular, so you will end up only 400 meters from the place you started out. This fact makes transportation to and from the trail a breeze. Along the walk you will have the opportunity to explore a few sandstone caves, and enjoy the sound of Waitara Creek, which even has some beautiful cascades.

The Kiama Blowhole

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If you don’t mind heading a bit further from Sydney, make sure you don’t miss Kiama. This gorgeous town is located approximately 120 kilometers from the city, but the trip is well worth it. Actually, Kiama makes a wonderful destination for an extended weekend. If you can organize your friends or family, it could be worth it to hire a coach from Sydney and spend a few quality days in the area. Kiama is probably best known for its Blowhole – the biggest of its kind in the world. However, the spectacular attraction is far from the only thing worth seeing and doing – there are some stunning hiking trails around, as well as excellent fishing opportunities.

The Royal National Park

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If you head down around 30 kilometers south of Sydney, you will come across the Royal National Park, the 2nd oldest National Park in the world (Yellowstone in the US was established earlier). The favourite destinations of all those who wish to escape the city for the day, the sprawling park is home to some endangered communities, and pretty fascinating and diverse flora and fauna. Depending on the area, there are different types of terrain, forests, heaths, coastal cliffs, beaches, lagoons and river valleys, to name just a few. Apart from hiking, the area is a wonderful choice for other activities as well, such as kayaking, swimming, mountain biking and whale watching.

Oh, and, don’t forget to bring…

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It’s best to make a checklist of all the stuff you need, before you leave. Having the right items when you go hiking will ensure your comfort. First and foremost, you need to dress for hiking. Shoes are particularly important, because if your feet hurt, the whole trip is a bust. The proper hiking boots need to offer excellent support for your ankles. In a pinch, and if your route isn’t overly long, your sports shoes should do the trick too. Whatever you do, don’t wear brand new shoes, as they can give you blisters. Your clothes should be soft, made from breathable fabrics, and be just thick enough to absorb the extra moisture. Of course, what clothes you choose depends largely on the weather too. To protect yourself from the sun, always bring sunscreen and a hat. Take enough water (2 l), and some snacks – for instance a sandwich, some nuts, and a few energy bars. Remember to take a bag for your rubbish, so you don’t litter. Depending on your route, you might need to bring a paper map (phones aren’t always reliable), a pocket knife, and insect repellent.

The pristine wilderness of Australia can be gorgeous, but don’t be fooled. Always go prepared. That way you can enjoy your hiking trip to the fullest, without a care in the world.

Roxana Oliver, globetrotter at heart and lifestyle consultant and travel editor at highstylelife.com.

BAREFOOT DOWNUNDER LAUNCH SYDNEY’S NEWEST TOUR TO THE INSTA-FAMOUS FIGURE EIGHT POOLS IN THE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

Specialist NSW youth tour operator, Barefoot Downunder, have launched a new day tour to the Figure Eight Pools in the NSW heritage-listed Royal National Park, located an hour south of Sydney.

Working closely with National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) on an initial 12- month trial, Barefoot Downunder have been granted approval to run tours to the popular Figure Eight Pools, offering a safe, fun and unique day tour for the youth travel market.

“The Royal National Park has great historical significance being the second oldest National Park in the world, and with its stunning beaches and walking tracks we believe the ‘Nasho’ is one of NSW’s best natural attractions,” Barefoot Downunder Co-Owner Debbie Hammond said.

“It can be hard for visitors to access this area safely without their own transport or knowledge of the area, so as an experienced and licensed tour operator we are delighted to be safely opening up this untapped area to both domestic and international travellers.”

Adam Hammond, Co-Owner of Barefoot has applied his 15 years of knowledge and experience in running outdoor adventure activities to the new Figure Eight Pools day trip.

“We take the planning and prep work out of it for travellers and apply our knowledge and experience, resulting in a fun and safe trip out to the pools that operates only during low tide, low swell and calm surf conditions which are checked by our team on a daily basis.” Adam Hammond explained.

“As the pools are located on a rock platform which is open to the ocean we talk to the group about basic ocean safety including the importance of always watching the waves and never turning your back on the ocean.”

The Figure 8 Pools tour experience includes a full day of hiking to the pools, including a walk through Burning Palms Beach to see the heritage listed ‘Shack Communities’, Garie’s Beach for a relaxing picnic lunch, swimming and exploring at Wattamolla Lagoon and Beach, Bald Hill Lookout and Stanwell Tops, and finishing with a drink back at Side Bar, Sydney’s local backpackers bar.

About Barefoot Downunder Barefoot Downunder is a husband and wife run company and an accredited tour operator providing new and unique adventure trips to youth and student travellers, backpackers or for the young at heart. Our tours currently explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park. Passionately providing fun, personalised and informative experiences with an emphasis on hiking adventures and exploring the outdoors.

Media Release – October 31, 2016

First time I came across Figure 8 Pools was in an article and since then I always wanted to visit this geological spectacle. Finally, I got an opportunity and the next thing I know is that I am on a bus on my way to Figure 8 Pools.

So, what is ‘Figure 8 Pools’ ?

Figure 8 Pools is a cluster of naturally formed rock pools located in coastal headlands in Sydney’s Royal National Park. Royal National Park (which Aussie’s lovingly call as ‘Nasho’), is located 40 mins away from Sydney and is the second oldest National Park in the world (after Yellow Stone).

My trip started at sharp 7:30 am on a Sunday morning from Central. The drive was around 40 mins until we reached Garrawara Farm.

The Track

It was the perfect day with bright sun. From the Garrawara Farm Car Park we headed towards Burning Palms beach down the hill.

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The trail begins with  tall trees turning into lush green bushes and the amazing views of the coastal line. The refreshing hike takes you to the Burning Palms Beach in around 45 mins.

royal national park tours sydneyWe took a short break at the beach and it was the perfect time for some beautiful pictures. Very thoughtful of the team to ensure we are at the right place at the right time of the day to take the perfect pictures!

From the beach, the coastal walk continues towards the right-hand side (south) but this time, it is sharp rocks and steep edges we have to walk through. This is the hardest part of the track.

royal national park tours sydneyEn-route to the pools are the rocky patches & sharp stones covered with seaweeds, Neptune’s necklace, and little starfishes.

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Another 30 minutes of the walk, you are in for a beautiful sight of the naturally formed figure 8 pool.

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Apart from the big pool which is clearly defined, there are few others which are under formation. Also few of them are big enough for a short swim. A great location for photography too.

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Access to the pools is safe only when it is low tide as the waves can crash across the rock platforms. We were visiting at the end of winter and during the first half of the day which allowed us to view the pools in isolation. However, it seems to be a crowded place in summer.

Wanderer’s Tip 

  • It is advised to check the wave size & tide height before traveling to the pool as it is risky otherwise
  • Though public transport is available it will be safer to travel with an experienced group
  • There are no food or toilet facilities available anywhere along the route from the Garrawarra Farm car park.
  • There is no lifeguard service available
  • Phone reception is limited and almost non-existent at certain areas.

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After a nice dip in the rock pools, we headed back. The return hike is uphill which is quite steep, I would allow enough time for the return.

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We headed to Stanwell Tops Park where we were offered a freshly barbecued Australian lunch by the crew. The food was yummy and generous to fill our hungry & tired tummies.

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Next location was Wattamolla which is 40 mins away from here . On the way, we spotted the glimpse of  whales in the ocean, though from far away. Wattamolla has a great view point which is easily accessible as well as a beach and a cliff. After spending some time in Wattamolla we returned back to Central. At the end of the

Wattamolla has a great view point which is easily accessible as well as a beach and a cliff. After spending some time in Wattamolla we returned back to Central. At the end of the day, we were offered a drink at the nearest Pub.

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Overall it was a great day. Wonderful team of Adam, Smokey & Debbie at Barefoot Downunder made sure the trip is enjoyable for everyone (special mention to the Aussie humour!) This carefully tailored trip ensures the visitors get a good view of the best outdoor locations in Sydney and is a definite value for money.

Why You Wander was welcomed to Figure 8 Pools by www.barefootdownunder.com.au, however, all opinions are my own!

Here is your chance to win a tour to the Figure Eight Pools in the Royal National Park with Barefoot Downunder! It is super easy to enter all you need to do is head to our Facebook page and ‘like’ us and ‘share’ our post. Winners will be announced on Saturday morning 🙂

 The Figure 8 Pools is a natural rock shelf found in the worlds second oldest National Park – the Royal National Park which is just 45 minutes south of Sydney. It can be reached only on foot and can take around 3 hours return to hike down and back. Check out our new Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure Tour on our website for inclusions and all trip details.

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