A perfect daytrip option from Sydney is the beautiful Royal National Park, well known for its outstanding Figure 8 pools.
How to get there?
Take the car. Although public transport can be an alternative, it’s rather complicated and time consuming. By car it’s just over an hour drive until you reach the National Park and you start the bush walk.
A pleasant aprox 15 min bush walk, most of the path is very easy, proper hiking shoes still convenient to wear.
The views are beautiful as you get a glimpse of the ocean.
It’s a bit of a challenge to reach the pool itself, as you must climb over some massive rocks for maybe around another 15 min. The proper hiking shoes come very handy at this stage.
When to go?
Definitely make sure you go when it’s low tide if you actually want to approach the pools.
As they are located at the age of the rocks, even if it’s low tide it can be a bit tricky to be around there.
The wind and waves can become your worst enemies and sadly I learnt that on the spot. Weather conditions and nature in Australia can be tough and unexpectedly dangerous.
Walking to the pools is already a slippery path, however the mood of the ocean must be your number one reason to be cautious.
As we were standing next to the Figure 8 pool a sudden wave that came out of nowhere and in a second washed us all off the rocks, smashing us to the ground and water splashing above my head. My water slide like experience lasted a few seconds, carried me aprox 4 meters and left me with a bleeding left foot, lost sunglassies and a damaged camera. Others ended up having way worse injuries but we all agreed that despite the event, Figure 8 pools is a cool place.
Just over an hour drive from Sydney, it’s a great place to escape the city and connect with the nature. Hiking, bush walks and several other outdoors activities are all available in the Royal National Park and Figure 8 pools is just a part of the beauty of this place.