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Figure Eight Pools

Royal National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Figure Eight Pools.

Getting there and parking

Figure Eight Pools is located south of Burning Palms Beach in Royal National Park.

Road quality

There’s no road access to Figure 8 Pools. You can drive as far as Garawarra Farm carpark.

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at Garawarra Farm, a 3km walk (one-way) from Figure Eight Pools.


Figure Eight Pools is in an isolated location. There are no toilet facilities, rubbish bins or drinking water available along the track to Figure Eight Pools or at the rockpools.

It’s a good idea to use the toilet facilities at Garawarra Farm carpark before you leave and bring enough food and water for the trip.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Like many spectacular sites, a visit to Figure Eight Pools requires extreme caution, and in many cases it simply won't be safe to visit. Access to Figure Eight Pools is only safe at low tide and when surf conditions are calm and flat.

There’s no lifeguard service in this area. If you decide to make the challenging journey to the rockpools, make sure you check the height of the tide and waves, and check for dangerous surf conditions before you go. Check local conditions before planning a trip by going to Bureau of Meteorology district forecasts

Please take extreme caution when approaching the rock platform and remember – never turn your back on the ocean. Also check out the links and safety advice on Bureau of Meteorology's dedicated rock-fishing weather page.

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.



A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.



Flying recreational drones is not permitted because this park is located within 5.5km of an airfield or helicopter landing site. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) states that drones should not be flown within 30m of vehicles, boats, buildings or people, or within 5.5km of an airfield. Drones can also impact on public enjoyment and privacy, interfere with park operations, and may pose a threat to wildlife in some areas.

Please contact the park office for consent if you wish to fly a drone for commercial filming or photography purposes. For more information, see the Drones in Parks policy.


Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Map of Figure Eight Pools in Royal National Park

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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. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and the Park’nPay app.

    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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