Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike

The only tour to take groups to the Figure Eight Pools situated in the 'World's 2nd Oldest National Park'!

Sydney, Australia
Full Day
Start time
6:45 am
Pick up & Drop off
Minimum age
15 yrs
Fitness level
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What's Included

  • Bald Hill Lookout - awesome views from one of Illawarra’s best-known lookout and hang-gliding spots.

  • Guided Coastal Hike - in the world's 2nd oldest national park, Royal National Park.

  • Spot whales & dolphins - including Humpback whales during the migration season (May – Nov).

  • Figure 8 Pools - swim in natural rock pools & get your insta photo of #figure8pools

  • Garie Beach - picnic lunch on famous Aussie surf beach.

  • Wattamolla Lagoon & Beach - swim in a slice of paradise at Wattamolla Falls.

  • Provedential Point Lookout - for panoramic views of surrounding cliffs and headland.

  • Trained and experienced 'Adventure Guides'

  • National Park fees included

  • Pick up from TWO locations - Kings Cross 6:45 AM & Sydney Central 7:00 AM

Why do we love this

“We love it because the Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike is an eco-friendly tour that takes your truly off the beaten track!"



Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike with Barefoot Down Under are the ONLY tour that visits the Figure 8 Pools in Royal National Park.


Pick Up

Your Figure 8 Pools Coastal Adventure & Hike starts with a pick up from either one of two locations Kings Cross 6:45am or Sydney Central 7:00am, from there you will head about 37km (23 miles) or 45 mins south of Sydney to Royal National Park aka 'Nasho'.


Bald Hill Lookout

You'll start your day by visiting one of Illawarra’s best lookout spots known as the Bald Hill Lookout. This is a renowned hang-gliding spot and famous for its stunning coastal views.

Coastal Hike

From there you'll embark on a guided hike through the World's 2nd oldest national park along the 'Coast Track'. Soak up the beautiful views on this 6km (3.7 miles) return trek and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as dolphins and Humpback whales during migration season (May-Nov). The coastal hike involves uphill climb and rock hopping, requiring a medium to high level of fitness. 

Burning Palms Beach

You'll continue your walk through to Burning Palms Beach and witness the heritage listed Coastal Shacks as your guide explains how they came to be.

Figure 8 Pools

Next up are the famous Figure 8 Pools, renowned for resembling the number 8 in shape, enjoy time spent swimming in the natural pools and taking the 'insta-famous' #figure8pools photo!*

*only accessible during low tide/safe ocean conditions.

Lunchtime & Wattamolla

After the hike back, its time to regain your energy as you tuck into a delicious and healthy picnic consisting of wraps and nibbles at the idyllic Wattamolla further down the south coast. Here you will have a chance to explore the waterfall, lagoon and beach. 

Providential Point Lookout

Finish your day by walking up to Providential Point Lookout for panoramic views of the magnificent sandstone cliffs and headlands that surround the area.


Drop off 

After a long day exploring, sit back & relax on board the bus as we pump some tunes and head out of Royal National Park back to Sydney Central for our one drop off.



Medium-high level of fitness required, hike involves an uphill climb and rock hopping. Suited to ages 18-49 yrs or the active young at heart. Min age 15 yrs. Tours operate during low tide/swell and in safe and calm ocean conditions. If the rock pools are not safe to visit on the day, then an alternative activity will be offered in place of the pools.


***Please read FAQs below for more info***

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No, we do not charge any extra fees or fuel surcharges. The listed price is the price you pay which includes National Park Fees and all tax.

There are optional activities which are listed in the Blue Mountains Adventure Tour that are paid on the day if you decide to choose any.

We understand that you may not have a printer handy when you’re traveling so it is not necessary to have a printed copy of your voucher. However, we require that you do have proof of your reservation accessible on your phone.

Minimum 1.5-2 Litres (65 oz) of water, snacks, swimmers, towel, hat, camera and a sense of fun and adventure! Closed in shoes for the hike, comfortable clothing.

This depends on empty seats as available space is very limited and we do not tow a trailer, please call Barefoot Downunder to discuss.

All bags that are left in the bus are at the customers discretion and we take no responsibility for break ins and stolen bags.

Wearing a hat is recommended.

Sturdy pair of broken-in trail shoes, boots, or sneakers are required as we are bushwalking and hiking in the Royal National Park.

During the cooler months, dress in layers and wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable. Summer clothes are fine in the hotter months, bring a swimsuit as the tour includes swimming in the rock pools and at various beaches.

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.

The tour returns around 5pm, however this time may vary due to traffic or other trip factors.

10 hours Full day tour that starts after our last pick up in the morning at 7:00am

We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.

Sydney Central 806 George Street, Haymarket – location may change due to roadworks


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!

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.

Pickup locations and times:

  1. Kings Cross 6:45am
    Bus Stop at El Alamein Memorial Fountain (the Dandelion Fountain) Macleay St, Kings Cross

  2. Sydney Central 7:00am
    477 Pitt Street, Haymarket (Corner of Pitt and Barlow Street)

*Please arrive 10 minutes early at pickup location

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Terms & Conditions:

  1. The supplier reserves the right to change an itinerary and tour at any time without notice due to weather, safety and a company's discretion.

  2. The supplier reserves the right to cancel a tour if the minimum number of persons required (5 persons) is not met if such occurs a full refund will be given or alternate date made.

  3. Medium fitness level required if you are late throughout the day and miss departure time you will need to make your way back to Sydney at your own expense. 

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations or changes more than 72 hours before departure: no fee
  • Cancellations or changes within 72 hours of departure: 100% of the cost

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