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Figure 8 Pools

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by Anne Boulanger (subscribe)
Here is my blog : annbakerthefrench.com I am also a short story writer.
Published February 18th 2016
A hike with natural hidden jewels
If you like adventurous hiking tracks and to discover remote areas, this stroll is for you. The figure 8 pools are located in the Royal National Park of Sydney. So you might need a car to go up there.

As you can not drive directly to the pools - otherwise it will take all the magic away- you will need to leave the car at Otford lookout carpark.

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The path to go to figure 8 pools is pretty rocky.


Once you spot the "coast walk" sign, you are on your way. Time to check your fitness. The hike goes on for 3.5kms, along cliffs, strands of sand, rocky paths. Grab some good shoes, the ones that can get wet. It is also safer to check the tide before going, as you will prefer it low ! Just pack some food, lots of water, some sunscreen and don't forget the hats, as there is no shade on the way.

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You can jump into the two perfectly round shaped sinkholes.


You will probably get some scratches, sunburns, broken nails, but at the end of it you will forget it all by jumping in the sinkholes ! You could enjoy their clearwater, sunbath on the rocks and see the waves breaking. Far away from the city. Far far away...
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Why? Explore these crystal clear pools
When: Anytime
Where: Royal National Park of Sydney
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What an intriguing name for a rock pool. The beautifully formed pools are a good reward for a dangerous sounding hike.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1207 days ago
Good article Anne. Welcome to writing for WN.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1207 days ago
Thanks Anne! This place has been in my to do list for a long time now! Your photos ignite the urge in me to visit it finally!
by Diana (score: 2|683) 1207 days ago
Everybody should check out the National Parks and Bureau of Meteorology websites for this area before visiting this site. 35 people were rescued off this site due to getting stuck with high seas washing up onto the rocks with potential for people to be swept away, and the people were unable to get back to the beach because the tides were high. This happened a few weeks before a friend and I visited. As keen bushwalkers we had checked the sites and the day we went there was a warning from BOM. The number of people we encountered on the walk that attempted and want to attempt the crossing was staggering with no consideration for their own safety or that of others including rescue squads.
Please be sensible if considering this walk and check out the tides and any warnings.
by shazz (score: 0|2) 1213 days ago
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