Figure 8 Pools
Figure 8 Pools
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Figure Eight Pools is located on a dangerous rock platform in Royal National Park. Before you visit, check the weather, tides and swell (wave size). Only visit during low tide, on a day with low swell. Allow 2 hours for the walk from your car to the rock platform, and 2 hours to return. The 6km walk is steep, slippery and difficult. There are no facilities here; no water, no toilets, no food outlets and no rubbish bins. There's no mobile phone reception either. The Figure Eight Pools rock platform is hazardous and many people have been injured here. Call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,869 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I visited in March. The place is beautiful and also the way to get there. But it is overcrowded but by the worst tourists that are speaking out loud all the time and pollute the place. There was trash in many parts: coca cola cans, cigarette cartons and even used pads. It was disgusting.
Written 1 April 2024
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Chris W
Budapest, Hungary485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Come early to avoid crowds. You will need to walk / hike in so be prepared for that. Can easily spend a day here in the sun, swimming.
Written 5 July 2023
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,842 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Figure 8 Pools are a magical place. Even if you don't take a dip, the views and the sea air are wonderfully invigorating. Real 'good to be alive' territory. It is important to visit at low tide and when a large swell isn't running. Even then it pays to be watchful. We were there just before low tide and an unexpected set of large waves saw a guy relaxing in one of the pools emerge with nasty grazes to his hands and chest. The pool suddenly became a washing machine. Another reason to take care is the wet and slippery rock pavement. And bring plenty of water; it is an hour walk from the Garrawarra Farm carpark, and no potable water available anywhere along the track, or at the carpark.
Written 5 March 2022
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Cruiser613242
Australia182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
I think some poor reviews are not quite warranted.

If you check the national parks website they clearly state there is currently footpath construction monday to thursday, and that the track down the figure 8 pools is only open friday to sunday.

furthermore with regards to safety it's not just the tide that matters - the swell does as well. please check the published 'risk forecast' to give you a better idea of when it is safe or unsafe to go.

whilst it's very pretty (go before the sun starts to set otherwise it will be in the shade from the cliff on the west side) not sure i'd bother again given all the boulders to clamber over
Written 2 May 2021
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Nicole P
Swan Hill, Australia20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The main track down to the pools is being upgraded, so the workers told us to take the fire road. We passed 3 people who all told us to turn around and not bother. They were walking for over an hour and got no where. Apparently 12km hike. Going to look at sea cliff bridge instead.
Written 20 April 2021
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ehdlhou75
Canberra, Australia75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Our previous road to figure 8 pool, been planning for years now to visit & finally we made it. Beautiful place, great for hiking too.
Definitely coming back.
Written 16 April 2021
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Shinester888
Sydney, Australia678 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
A short walk from Garie beach, there are other spots as well to get there. From Garie it's about 5km. Plan for low tide for better safety. Check other info on the access and walk via website.
Written 2 April 2021
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Katerina K
Prague, Czech Republic36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
the way is much more than the place itself. the place is beautiful, but there is (probably all the time) a lot of people... but the way is incredibly great... a little difficult terrain, about one hour and half from the parking, up and down, partly along the beach, partly on the giant stones... breathtaking views... you must have enough water and good shoes... and you need to check tide forecast - it is absolutely necessary... you have to plan your trip at the time of low tide!!! beautiful! must see!!!
Written 22 February 2020
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Phil-Joel
Sydney, Australia570 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Like Bazmo’s review before I have mixed feelings on Figure 8 Pools. This said, I’m glad I’ve seen it & have ticked it off my to do list.

Instead of going to the Garawarra Farm car park to start the walk, we drove to Garie Beach & started the walk from there which definitely makes the walk longer & tougher, but we still made it to the pools within 2 hours; although walking back took a little longer.

I used the wave risk forecast tool in the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services app to prepare & plan my trip.

Other things you should be aware of:

1. Once you get there, depending on how busy it is, expect to wait say 25 minutes before you can get into the actual pool because of the lineup to take photos.

2. Depending on how busy it’s been, don’t expect the water to look pristine due to all the sunscreen.

3. It was no problem for me but the rocks & boulders at the end can actually be the toughest part of the walk.

Just do it & make up your own mind!

Written 26 October 2019
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Baz M
Sydney, Australia231 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
I have mix feelings about this place.
From the National Park to the parking there is a 1.5km rough surface road to drive on. Which I would highly recommend 4WD.
Then from the parking there is 1-2hour walk to the figure 8 pool. The hiking, rough surface, climbing up and down the rocks can be challenging from time to time.
Once you past all obstacles you have reached your destination. The scenery is beautiful but I would question the trouble in reaching the place for few holes in the ground.
Written 19 October 2019
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