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Figure Eight Pools

Royal National Park

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, a 6km return walk from the nearest carpark. To get there:

  • Park at Garrawarra Farm and walk east down Burgh Ridge track until it intersects with The Coast track.
  • Walk south on The Coast track through the cabin community of Burning Palms.
  • Turn off The Coast track at Burning Palms Beach.
  • The final leg of the walk involves rock hopping around a coastal headland beginning at the southern end of Burning Palms Beach. The pools are at the tip of the second headland from Burning Palms Beach. Access to this section is only possible at low tide.

Road quality

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

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

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

Facilities

Figure Eight Pools is in an isolated location. There are no toilet facilities, rubbish bins or drinking water available at Figure Eight Pools, Garrawarra Farm or along the access tracks to the rockpools. It’s a good idea to use toilet facilities before you leave and bring enough food and water for the trip.

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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 + 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. 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.

Permitted

Fishing

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

Prohibited

Drones

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

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Map of Figure Eight Pools in Royal National Park

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 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