9 Hours
Medium to high level of fitness

Sydney’s newest and hippest day tour to the Figure Eight Pools 

**Bookings available on request during the quiet season – July and August, send us an email here to discuss!

Barefoot Downunder takes you out to visit the Figure 8 Rock Pools in the Worlds 2nd oldest National Park – the Royal National Park. If you are looking for an ADVENTURE tour that includes hiking, sightseeing, beaches, wildlife, swimming, beautiful scenery and amazing views that is heaps of fun then you need to book our Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure Tour!


The Low Down:

Our Figure 8 Pools Tour is a must do day tour from Sydney that takes you out safely to explore this spectacular area just 37 Km (23 miles) and only 45 minutes south of Sydney. It is perfect for anyone looking for a day of hiking, fun and adventure in the Royal National Park.

Enjoy the scenic drive in what the locals call the ‘Nasho’ – Royal National Park and take in breathtaking views of the south coast at Bald Hill Lookout in Stanwell Tops. Head out on a 6km (3.7 mi) return hike in the Worlds 2nd oldest National Park through coastal rainforest with changing terrain and spectacular scenery that includes some steep sections and requires a medium to high level of fitness.

Walk through Burning Palms Beach and see the heritage listed Coastal Shacks and learn about ocean and beach safety from your guide. Continue along the coast where you scramble across some rocks to reach the Figure 8 Pools and spend some time to relax and explore this spectacular area and cool off in the rock pools.

Visit the beautiful Garie beach in the Royal National Park and indulge in a picnic lunch with a selection of wraps and nibblies. Then explore, swim and relax at one of the local lagoons and beaches at Wattamolla, where the Waterfall joins the lagoon and beach. There is a sandy shore that separates the lagoon and beach at Wattamolla and guests can swim in both areas. There is also a short walk to a viewpoint where you can see the ocean and looking back to Wattamolla lagoon.

Jump back in the bus to chill as we pump some good tunes and make our way out of the Royal National Park back to Sydney for our 1 drop off at Central YHA Hostel.
Everyone gets to enjoy a FREE drink at the end of the day at one of the local backpacker bars back in Sydney!

Watch our Figure 8 Pools video here!

*Please read the ‘Need to Know’ tab for further information on the hike, safety and requirements for our Figure 8 Pools tour. Depending on tide times the activities can be reversed in the day in order to reach the Figure Eight Pools at low tide.

DURATION Full Day Trip – 9.5 Hours
WEAR Must wear closed in shoes, hiking boots or trainers, hat recommended
BRING Minimum 1.5-2LL Bottle of water, sunscreen, snacks, towel, swimmers


Fully guided hike through lush coastal rainforest and along the coast to the Figure 8 Pools

Spot whales during the migrational season (May-November) and other native animals

Visit Garie Beach and enjoy a picnic lunch

Relax, swim and spend free time in the National Parks local lagoons & beaches (Wattamolla/Bundeena)

Take in breathtaking views of the south coast at Bald Hill Lookout in Stanwell Tops

Fun and experienced Adventure Guides

Transportation & National Park Fees


Additional information

LocationSydney, Australia
DestinationRoyal National Park, NSW
AgeSuited to ages 18-49 yrs
DatesTour dates vary as we operate only on low tide/low swell sea conditions

Pick up location and time must be booked in prior to departure date

1. Coogee Beach 6:30am
Coogee Bay Hotel – 212-230 Arden Street, Coogee
(Corner of Coogee Bay Road and Arden Street)

2. Bondi Beach 6:45am
Ravesi’s Hotel – 118 Campbell Parade, Bondi
(Corner of Hall Street and Campbell Parade)

3. Kings Cross 7:00am
Bus Stop at El Alamein Memorial Fountain (the Dandelion Fountain) Macleay St, Kings Cross

4. Circular Quay 7:15am
Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel – 30 Pitt Street, Sydney

5. Sydney Central 7:30am – 806 George Street, Haymarket (Between Happy Travels and Greyhound Wicked Travel Store)
All guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to pick-up time and wait outside their location. 

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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 along with many others pools in which the ocean waves fill during high tide.

The hike down to the Figure Eight pools includes changing terrain with spectacular scenery requires a medium to high level of fitness. It takes around 3 hours return to hike down and back up the mountain and around 1 hour is spent at the Figure 8 Pools. Hiking shoes, runners or trainers are recommended to wear for the hike, guests will not be allowed on the Figure 8 Pools tour if closed in shoes are not worn. Guest are required to bring a minimum of 1.5L-2L of water on the hike and with the sun exposure a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended.

Hike Grading

Grade 4 – Steeper, rougher terrain & may have off-track sections (no more than one quarter of the walk) or a longer distance track walk. Opportunity to explore and discover relatively undisturbed natural environments mostly along defined and distinct tracks. Tracks can be steep. There may be short sections of rock scrambling involved. National Parks grade this hike as Hard and with the elements of sun exposure and uphill hike on the way back from the Figure 8 Pools a medium to high level of fitness is required.


Working with the National Parks and Wildlife Services, we set the standards high by providing a fun but safe tour to the Figure 8 Pools for travellers and visitors.  This is backed by our knowledge and experience in remote wilderness safety, adventure guiding and ocean and beach safety. All tours include an ocean and beach safety chat and guides closely monitor wave conditions when at the pools. As an extra safe measure, our guides also carry a wilderness first aid pack with all the important first aid items plus other safety equipment as one can never be too prepared!

Need to Know

The Figure 8 Pools can be dangerous to visit during high tide and big swell conditions as they are located on the rock ledge of the ocean, therefore we take all necessary steps to ensure guests safety and tours only operate during low tide, low swell and safe weather conditions. We actively and closely monitor ocean conditions on a daily basis and if conditions are not predicted safe then an alternative activity will be offered on the day, we may reschedule you or in some cases a refund will be given.

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Tour Reviews

September 11, 2016

“Fantastic and fun tour!” – TripAdvisor

Had a great time with BFDU tour to Figure8Pools. Deb and Adam were friendly and fun tour guides more like friends. Other bunch of people were friendly and became friends by the end of the tour. Great spot to spend a day. Hike, swim and enjoy in the pool. Thanks Deb and Adam for the memorable experience!

November 6, 2016

“Incredible adventures!!! Paul, you rock!!” – TripAdvisor

Both the blue mountains and figure of 8 pools tours were awesome!! Paul was our guide for both and he did an amazing job. He was very knowledgable, interesting and loads of fun!
For both tours we went to locations that we were the only tour there, and Paul was more than willing to take photos for us, tell us the history of the area etc.
The company (and Paul) were very safety aware and this meant that we had complete faith in them. They were incredibly accommodating and helpful throughout the whole booking and pre-tour information stage. We would thoroughly recommend both tours and are so grateful to them for the awesome days we had.

January 15, 2017

Very good tour with a mind-blowing experience and scenery. If you have Paul as the tour guide, I guarantee you he will make sure you have a good time!

February 10, 2017

“Figure 8 Pools” – TripAdvisor

The tour to the figure 8 Pools with the hike through the Royal national park was so impressing and we were so happy with it that we decided to also book the blue mountains tour with barefoot Downunder!

On the way to the figure 8 pools we stopped at a few lookouts with the bus with an amazing view and we were able to see some dolphins in the ocean. After that we did a hike through the royal national park to get to the figure 8 pools. People who forgot their sunscreen were able to borrow it from the guide because he knows how important it is and wants everyone on his tour to be safe.

The walk to the pools was so amazing! We saw big lizards and heard a lot of funny and interesting stories about the things that were crossing our way. I have to say that it’s so important to have someone competent on your side when you want to visit the figure 8 pools because the tides can be very dangerous and I heard a lot of bad stories about people who were going there by themselves.

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