A few weeks back (ok…more than a few. I’m so far behind on the blog), my friend Anthony and I decided to go on a bushwalk to the famed Figure 8 Pools in Royal National Park. It was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday and quite the adventurous little hike! (You can read between the lines that what I’m actually saying here is this hike was surprisingly dangerous and a shockingly easy place to get seriously injured.) Regardless, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. The most critical thing to remember when hiking the Figure 8 Pools is that you have to time your hike with absolute precision. You must make sure you are arriving at the pools when the tide is at its lowest, otherwise you will not stand a chance of 1.) seeing the pools and 2.) even making it to them. Full stop. So plan ahead, peeps!
We set off from Sydney in the late morning and drove ~1 hour south to the Royal National Park entrance. From there, we wiggled our way down to the head of the trail at Garrawarra Farm and commenced the hike. The first 30 minutes are quick and easy, as you’re mostly heading downhill. The main thing to watch out for is catching a shoe on one of the many tree roots. Once you get down to the shoreline, you are treated to such an incredible view that you need to stop, chill and breathe it in for a moment.
Once down to sea level, you get to enjoy a nice walk across Burning Palms beach before the real fun begins in the form of a continuous, slippery rock scramble.
You simply cannot underestimate the quantity of time you will spend on this hike in rock scramble mode. It’s a solid 30-45 minutes of cautiously making your way ever closer to the Figure 8 Pools. The end result is totally worth it so…persevere! When we arrived, there was quite a crowd of adventurers like us. And despite having timed the journey very well with regards to the tide, it was still one of those days that just did not make logical sense to get too close to the pool. In fact, right before we had arrived, a girl ran out to the pools and back but not quick enough…looking at her leg with blood and contusions on it was a sobering reminder that some life experiences are better left on the shelf for the sake of self preservation.
After hanging out at the pools for a bit, having a bit of a snack and watching people risk their lives to get a quick dip in the pool, we scrambled on back to the trailhead.
Thanks for reading, poodles! I suggest you give this hike a go and add it to the life list. Just please please please be warned about the potential dangers. I’m fo’real. XOXO -JW