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Figure Eight Pools

Royal National Park

Overview

Figure Eight Pools is located on a dangerous rock platform in Sydney's Royal National Park. You are at risk if you visit this site. Follow this safety checklist before leaving home.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Royal National Park
Grade
Hard. Pack the right stuff to cope with a difficult, 3-4 hour walk.
Please note
You are at risk if you go to Figure 8 Pools
  • Don’t visit at mid to high tide
  • Don’t go if there are big waves or storms
  • Surf conditions change quickly, stay alert at all times.
  • When conditions are dangerous, go somewhere else.
Injuries happen at Figure 8 all the time. Don’t let it be you.
  • Large cuts, bruises and scratches from being washed over the rock platform.
  • Sprained ankles and wrists from slipping on rocks and taking the wrong track
  • Injured people have had to stay overnight because there is no emergency access
The walk is long and hard 
  • Be ready to walk at least 3 hours - it’s hard.
  • The track is slippery, steep and rocky.
  • Allow at least 4 hours total for the whole journey from Garrawarra car park
  • Leave extra time for the trip back uphill

In an emergency:

  • Call 000
  • There is no quick access to the rock platform
  • There is limited mobile coverage

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Going anyway and want that perfect photo?

  • Only go at low tide and when the waves are small
  • Morning sun is better for that perfect shot
  • Don’t wait in line – avoid the crowds by going in the week.

Do the right thing:

  • Take your rubbish 
  • Don’t leave toilet paper 
  • Stay on designated tracks
  • Keep a low voice through the forest to reduce animal disturbances and increase sightings 
  • Take photos, not souvenirs.

Figure Eight Pools is located in Royal National Park, near Burning Palms Beach. This coastal rock shelf is dotted with natural rockpools – including one in a figure 8. But don't underestimate the power of the ocean – the rock platform is extremely hazardous and a visit to this popular spot is only possible at low tide and in flat surf conditions.

The return walk to Figure Eight Pools is extremely challenging. Starting from Garrawarra Farm carpark, it's a rocky walk that winds down a coastal escarpment, before you meet The Coast track and follow the coast to Burning Palms Beach. It's a steep, rocky and slippery walk in parts and suitable for experienced walkers with a good level of fitness.


For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Operated by

  • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
  • 8.30am-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
  • (02) 9542 0648
  • 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage bookings
  • (02) 9542 1420
  • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Audley, Royal National Park, NSW

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Bonnie Vale, Wattamolla and Garie Beach are cash only, as there is no power or mobile connection. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
      (02) 9542 0648
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Audley, Royal National Park, NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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    • Royal National Park area office
      (02) 9542 0632
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • 159 Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park, NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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Figure Eight Pools headland near Burning Palms Beach, Royal National Park. Photo: David Croft/OEH