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Figure Eight Pools

Royal National Park


Figure Eight Pools is located on a dangerous rock platform in Sydney's Royal National Park near Burning Palms Beach.

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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 Eight Pools

  • Don’t visit at mid tide or high tide
  • Check the swell or wave size before setting off
  • 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 Eight Pools all the time. Don’t let it be you.
  • People have suffered large cuts, bruises and scratches from being washed over the rock platform.
  • Sprained ankles and wrists are not uncommon after people slip on rocks or take 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 for the whole journey from Garrawarra Farm car park
  • Leave extra time for the trip back uphill

In an emergency:

  • Call Triple Zero (000)
  • There is no quick access to the rock platform
  • There is limited mobile coverage

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 home with you
  • 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.

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Getting there

Figure Eight Pools is located on a coastal rock shelf dotted with natural rockpools – including one in the shape of a figure eight.

The return walk to Figure Eight Pools is extremely challenging. Starting at Garrawarra Farm carpark, it's a rocky walk that winds down a coastal escarpment, before you meet the Coast Track which you follow along the coast to Burning Palms Beach.

Aim to get there before midday (and at low tide) because no one wants to walk back up that hill in the dark after sunset.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Tours and events at this location

  • A group of friends cooling off at Figure Eight Pools, Royal National Park. Photo: Adam Hammond/Barefoot Downunder

    Figure Eight Pools coastal adventure tour

    If you're looking for a tour that includes hiking, swimming and stunning scenery in Royal National Park, then this is for you. Taking a guided tour is a safe and fun way to see Figure Eight Pools.

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
  • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232

Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal 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, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
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Figure Eight Pools headland near Burning Palms Beach, Royal National Park. Photo: David Croft/OEH