Sydney’s ONLY tour visiting the Figure 8 Pools in the Royal National Park!
Barefoot Downunder takes you on an adventure to explore the worlds 2nd oldest National Park – the Royal National Park. For an eco-friendly tour that includes coastal hiking and bush walking, beaches, Figure 8 Pools, wildlife, and spectacular scenery that is heaps fun, you will want to book on our Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike Tour!
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 only 45 minutes south of Sydney.
See one of Illawarra’s best lookout spots, also known internationally as a major hang gliding point at Bald Hill Lookout for spectacular coastal views.
Enjoy a guided hike in the worlds 2nd oldest National Park through coastal heathland and rainforest along part of the Coast Track in the Royal National Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and coastal views along the 6km return (3.7 mi) trek spotting native wildlife and birds along with whales and dolphins off the coast during the whale migration season. Our Coastal hike includes some steep sections, rock hopping and requires a medium to high level of fitness.
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. Rock hop across the headland to reach the Figure 8 Pools and spend some time to explore this spectacular area, swim in naturally formed rock pools of all sizes and shapes including the famous Figure 8! Grab your insta-famous #figure8pools photo while here!
Enjoy a picnic lunch with a selection of wraps and nibblies, then visit a little slice of paradise down the south coast at Wattamolla where the waterfall, lagoon and beach are at your fingertips. Take a walk up to Providential Point Lookout if you like, enjoy panoramic views and see the impressive sandstone cliffs and headlands surrounding the local area.
After a full days adventure, sit back and relax as we pump some good tunes and make our way out of the Royal National Park back to Sydney. (Bring a change of clothes or shirt as you will sweat!)
Please read the ‘Need to Know’ tab for further information on the hike, safety and requirements for our Figure Eight Coastal Adventure Tour.
To get a glimpse of the day and the Figure 8 Rock pools, watch our video here!
The Figure 8 Pools are only accessible and safe during low tide and calm ocean conditions. Tours run only during the low tide times, however, if the pools are not safe due to big seas then a longer hike or alternative activity will be offered for your safety on the day. 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.
*Due to the nature of our tour activities, hike and fitness level we find we are best suited to ages 18-50 yrs. This tour is not suited to ages over 55 years unless you run marathons, hike daily and/or train regularly! Kids must be aged 12 yrs and up.
|DURATION||Full Day Trip – 10 Hours|
|WEAR||Must wear closed in shoes, hiking boots or trainers, hat recommended|
|BRING||Minimum 2-3L Bottle of water, sunscreen, snacks, towel, swimmers, photo ID, and a change of clothes or shirt|
|Destination||Royal National Park, NSW|
|Age||12+, 55+ must be acitve hikers, Suited to ages 18-49 yrs|
|Dates||Tour dates vary as we operate only on low tide/low swell sea conditions|
Our Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure Tour offers 2 different pick-up locations around Sydney, please visit our pickup locations here to find the best one for you!
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 natural 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 a must 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.
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 also 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 a dangerous place 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 a longer hike or alternative activity will be offered on the day, sometimes we may reschedule or cancel the tour. All bookings need to be re-confirmed 24 hours prior to tour. Before you go, please read the NSW National Parks safety checklist.