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Figure Eight Pools

Royal National Park

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 30 March 2020, 9.06am

Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 7.46am to Thu 30 Apr 2020, 7.43am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 9.06am.

Closed areas: Royal National Park Visitor Centre and other areas closed

The following parts of Royal National Park are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Wattamolla Beach precinct, including the carpark, lagoon and picnic area
  • Garie Beach precinct, with no lifeguard patrols present
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (Figure 8 Pools access)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area and campground
  • All campgrounds
  • Royal National Park Visitor Centre

Other areas of the park currently remain open, including:

  • Audley Dance Hall cafe is offering a takeaway service and card payments are preferred
  • Walking tracks remain open however, please remember that social distancing and gathering size limits apply in Royal National Park.

This situation may change at short notice, and changes will be posted here.

You can still contact us by phone on 02 9542 0648 for further information. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm.

Other planned events: Figure Eight Pools - check the wave risk forecast before visiting

If you’re thinking about visiting Figure Eight Pools, stay safe and check our webpage before you go. Our new wave risk forecast tool will show you the best day and time to visit and can predict ocean conditions 4 days in advance. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 25 Dec 2019, 8.07pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 6.45pm

Closed areas: Blue Mountains National Park - closed areas

All campgrounds, high visitation areas and historic sites across NSW are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are also closed due to bushfire, track works and/or flood damage:

Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls

  • Access to the Three Sisters and Giant Stairs from Echo Point.
  • Wentworth Falls picnic area and all access to the top of Wentworth Falls/National Pass via Princes Rock, Undercliff and Wentworth Falls Tracks.
  • National Pass from Valley of Waters to Slacks Stairs, due to rockfall risk.
  • Part of Amphitheatre track from the base of Bridal Veil Falls to Fern Bower, due to rockfall risk.
  • Prince Henry Cliff walk between Leura Cascades round walk and Leura Cascades picnic area, and between Gordon Falls lookout and Olympian lookout, due to landslides. Detours in place. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Part of Charles Darwin walk north of Weeping Rock circuit. Visit the Blue Mountains City Council website for information.
  • Andersons fire trail, McMahons Lookout Road and McMahons Point, due to fire damage.
  • Kedumba and Ruined Castle campgrounds closed due to fire damage. Ingar camping area and day use area closed to vehicles due to private access.
  • Ruined Castle, Golden Stairs, Tarros Ladders and Mount Solitary walking tracks.
  • Wild Dog Mountains routes (including Kanangra to Katoomba, closed at Tarros Ladders, Breakfast Creek, Mobbs Swamp, Katoomba to Mittagong, Coxs River, Yellow Pup Spur).

Bullaburrra to Linden

  • Andersons fire trail
  • Bedford Creek crossing not suitable for vehicles.

Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria and Bells Line

  • Grand Canyon walking track and canyons
  • Evans lookout
  • Govetts Leap lookout and picnic area
  • Hat Hill Road in BMNP closed due to floods and repairs. Lookouts open to walkers.
  • All walking tracks into and around Grose Valley including Perrys (below Docker lookout), Victoria Falls, Mount Banks, Pierces Pass (Hungerfords) and Short Ridge (aka Lockleys Pylon closed below Pylon) and Rodriguez Pass.
  • Green Gully (Dunphys) and Acacia Flat campgrounds. Perrys campground closed to vehicles.
  • Other walking tracks around Blackheath including: Walls Cave, Popes Glen, Cliff Top, Rodriguez Pass, Bridal Veil Falls, Braeside walk and Pulpit Rock.

Eastern Blue Mountains National Park

  • Vale of Avoca lookouts, walking tracks and routes.
  • Burralow Precinct; Tabaraga and Patersons fire trails - closed to camping and vehicles.

Glenbrook

  • Closed to camping and vehicles. Jellybean pool, Red Hands cave, Nepean and Mount Portal lookouts also closed.

Southern Blue Mountains National Park

  • All park fire trails are closed to the public including The Range fire trail, which is undergoing maintenance works and is impassable due to wet conditions.
  • Oberon-Colong stock route to Yerranderie, and Langs Road are only open for local traffic. See relevant local council for updates.
  • Mount Werong campground is closed due to fire damage.

Canyons

  • Canyons around Bells Line of Road and Grose Valley including Bowens Creek, Claustral, Yileen and Butterbox/Mount Hay.

Rock climbing areas

  • Pulpit Rock.
  • Rock climbing areas around Narrow Neck that have been burnt, including Castle Head and Diamond Falls.

 

The following areas of Blue Mountains National Park are open:

Katoomba

  • Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls cliff top walking tracks, where not impacted above or by other closures.
  • Nellies Glen and Devils Hole.
  • Six Foot track is currently open to walkers (no camping permitted). Vehicle access to Jenolan Caves is via Oberon.
  • Kings Tableland Road to Mc Mahons Gate.
  • Kedumba Valley Road to Sublime Point trail, and Sublime Point trail.
  • Narrow Neck cycle route and fire trail. No walking tracks or descents open.
  • Faulconbridge Point.
  • Blue Gum swamp.
  • Mount Hay Road and walking tracks. Lockleys Pylon is closed below Pylon, with no access to Grose Valley.

Blackheath and Medlow Bath

  • Braeside fire trail (not walk)
  • Hat Hill Road is open to walkers and bike riders all the way to Perrys lookdown, Wind Eroded Cave and Anvil Rock lookout are also open.
  • Burramoko Ridge fire trail and Hanging Rock/Baltzer lookouts.
  • Point Pilcher lookout
  • Victoria Falls Road and walking track to lookout and Asgard Swamp (no access to Grose Valley).
  • Bells Line lookouts and roads (including Mount Banks and Pierces Pass roads, Banks Walls cycle and lookout, Walls lookout and Rigby Hill lookout and walk).

Canyons

  • Canyons around Mount Wilson including Wollangambe, Serendipity, DuFaurs, Whungee Wheengee, and Joe's. Bell Creek, Birrabang and Dalpura are also open. Conditions in canyons may have changed due to the effects of fire and flood. Check all abseil anchor points/hand lines and allow extra time.
  • Empress, Fortress, Arethusa, and Hat Hill.

Rock climbing areas

  • Climbing and abseiling areas: Narrow Neck, Malatia Point and Wall exiting east. Narrow Neck unburnt areas.
  • Rock climbing areas in the Grose Valley (Ikara, Bowens Creek and Bell Super-crag).

NSW National Parks will be clearing fallen trees, removing tree hazards and undertaking minor repairs on damaged infrastructure over the next few months. Some tracks and sites may remain closed for longer periods where major infrastructure needs replacing.

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Blue Mountains National Park page alert.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Wed 19 Feb 2020, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 4.13pm

Closed areas: Wollemi National Park - closed areas

The following areas of Wollemi National Park are closed:

  • Newnes campground and picnic area
  • Glow Worm picnic area
  • Glow Worm walking track from Newnes campground
  • Weir-Long Cave walk is closed at the junction with Pagoda Rocks walking track (Dunns Swamp)
  • River Gauging station (Dunns Swamp)
  • Bicentennial National trail – Widden to Glen Alice, Glen Alice to Jenolan
  • Deep Pass campground and canyons in Wollemi National Park
  • Newnes Industrial Ruins
  • Wheeny Creek
  • Sheepskin Hut
  • Pipeline track

The following areas of Wollemi National Park are open:

  • Bob Turner track

Safety advice:

  • Please be aware that due to recent fires and floods there may be dangerous hazards in this park. These include falling trees and branches, flooded creeks and crossings, and debris on tracks.
  • If accessing remote areas of national parks, please visit the Think before you TREK page

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Mon 10 Feb 2020, 10.26am. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 2.26pm

Closed areas: Goulburn River National Park - closed areas

Some areas in Goulburn River National Park are closed. 

To check which areas are closed, click the 'Show list' button on the Goulburn River National Park page alert. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 4.35pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Apr 2020, 4.53pm

Closed areas: Georges River National Park - Walk-in access only

All vehicle access points to Georges River National Park, including Morgans Creek boat ramp, are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Walking tracks remain open. However, please remember that social distancing and gathering size limits apply in Georges River National Park.

This situation may change at short notice, and changes will be posted here.

You can still contact us by phone on 02 9542 0648 for further information. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 4.43pm

Closed areas: Areas closed

Parts of Dharawal National Park and Dharawal State Conservation Area are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

The closed areas are:

  • Victoria Road, Wedderburn precinct, including O'Hare's Creek lookout and walking track and Minerva Pool and Jingga walking tracks
  • Maddens Falls precinct including Maddens Falls walking track/boardwalk.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.41pm

Closed areas: Walking track, picnic area and lookout closures

The following areas in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Sublime Point walking track
  • Robertsons lookout
  • Byarong Park

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

Affects 1 park and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Sun 22 Mar 2020, 11.24am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11.21am

Closed areas: Beach and visitor area closures

The following parts of Sydney Harbour National Park and Kamay Botany Bay National Park are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Shark Beach, Nielsen Park
  • Milk Beach, Hermit Beach and Queens Beach, Hermitage foreshore precinct
  • Lady Bay Beach, South Head
  • Congwong Beach and Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse 
  • Kurnell Visitor Centre and barbecues, Kurnell

Walking tracks in the park currently remain open. However, visitors are reminded that social distancing and gathering size limits apply.

This situation may change at short notice, changes will be posted here.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information or contact us on 1300 072 757.

Affects 1 park and 4 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 7.46am to Thu 30 Apr 2020, 7.43am. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 9.06am

Closed areas: Royal National Park Visitor Centre and other areas closed

The following parts of Royal National Park are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff:

  • Wattamolla Beach precinct, including the carpark, lagoon and picnic area
  • Garie Beach precinct, with no lifeguard patrols present
  • Garawarra Farm carpark (Figure 8 Pools access)
  • Bonnie Vale picnic area and campground
  • All campgrounds
  • Royal National Park Visitor Centre

Other areas of the park currently remain open, including:

  • Audley Dance Hall cafe is offering a takeaway service and card payments are preferred
  • Walking tracks remain open however, please remember that social distancing and gathering size limits apply in Royal National Park.

This situation may change at short notice, and changes will be posted here.

You can still contact us by phone on 02 9542 0648 for further information. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

Affects 1 park and 13 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 2.25pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire and flood damage

This park is closed due to fire and flood damage. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the local NSW National Parks office.

Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1.41pm. Last reviewed: Thu 19 Mar 2020, 11.22am

Other planned events: Toilet closure - Kurnell

The toilets at the Commemoration Flat and Cricketers Pitch areas in Kamay Botany Bay National Park will be closed for repairs from Monday 3 February 2020 to Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Toilets will be available at the Visitors Centre, a short walk from the closed buildings. Picnic areas and the surrounds will remain accessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Kamay Botany Bay National Park office on 02 9668 2010 or email npws.sydneysouth@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Mon 24 Feb 2020, 8.03am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Feb 2020, 9.37am

Other planned events: Fox baiting program underway

A fox baiting program will take place in Towra Point Nature Reserve from Monday 24 February to Monday 9 March 2020. Areas where baiting is underway will be signposted. The area is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Domestic pets are not permitted.

This program is part of the Little Tern and Pied Oystercatcher Saving our Species program to protect nesting shorebirds. For more information, call the Kurnell Visitor Centre on 02 9668 2000.

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Applies from Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2.50pm. Last reviewed: Wed 12 Feb 2020, 2.59pm

Closed parks: Park closed - bushfires and aerial pest control operations

This park is closed due to active bushfires in the area. NPWS are also conducting aerial pest control programs as part of the bushfire response. Do not enter this park. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Applies from Fri 4 Jan 2019, 12.53pm. Last reviewed: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 3.30pm

Other planned events: Figure Eight Pools - check the wave risk forecast before visiting

If you’re thinking about visiting Figure Eight Pools, stay safe and check our webpage before you go. Our new wave risk forecast tool will show you the best day and time to visit and can predict ocean conditions 4 days in advance. For more information please call the Royal National Park Visitor Centre on 02 9542 0648.

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Applies from Thu 28 Sep 2017, 11.12am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 3.47pm

Closed parks: Kemps Creek Nature Reserve closed

This park is closed due to Phytophthora contamination, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Cumberland area office on 02 4572 3100.

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Applies from Fri 1 May 2015, 4.12pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 Jul 2016, 1.00pm

Safety alerts: Audley precinct in wet weather

Access across the Audley Weir may be closed due to river flooding during times of wet weather. During wet weather, NPWS advise park visitors to visit Live Traffic NSW to ascertain the status of the Weir crossing before commencing their travel to the park. During times of closure, access to Bundeena, Maianbar residential areas, Royal National Park Visitor Centre, including the Audley Dance hall and cafe, is via McKell Ave Waterfall.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/figure-eight-pools/local-alerts

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 Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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Figure Eight Pools headland near Burning Palms Beach, Royal National Park. Photo: David Croft/OEH