One of Australia’s own World Heritage Sites, the Greater Blue Mountains area features a dynamic landscape of vast gorges, sandstone plateaus, fertile rivers and lakes, and huge cliffs diving headfirst into unexplored valleys. The Blue Mountains are also home to rare and endangered wildlife, many of which rely on the extraordinary diversity of the area’s eucalypt species. These same trees are also responsible for the region’s name, as the landscape’s blueish hue results from the oils released by eucalypts in warm weather. Just 60–90 minutes northwest of Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Area is a popular travel spot among outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Hiking trails, abseiling, and magnificent lookouts are just a few of the things drawing more visitors to the Blue Mountains every year.
The Figure 8 Rock Pools is a series of sandstone rock shelfs and natural rock pools found just south of Burning Palms Beach in the Royal National Park. As the name suggests there is a natural pool in the shape of a figure 8, which is also considerer a very lucky number in some countries making the area more popular to visit.
The hike to the Figure Eight pools is very beautiful but also a harder walking track that can take around 3+ hours return involving steep and uneven trails and walking over rock/boulder formations along the coast. The Figure 8 Pools can be dangerous to visit without any prior knowledge in surf conditions and beach safety as the figure eight pools are located on the rock edge of the ocean.