An increasingly popular swimming hole and Instagram spot, the Figure 8 Pool in the Royal National Park is a natural ocean rock pool that has been perfectly formed into the shape of an ‘8’. It was formed by two circular sinkholes merging. The pool is only about 3 metres long (and 3 metres deep), but often appears deceptively larger in photos.
The Figure 8 Pool can only be accessed at low tide, and should be avoided if there is a high swell or storms – there have been many injuries and rescues due to people getting washed off the rocks. (Walking to Figure 8 Pool is not recommended if the swell is larger than 1.7 metres and the tide is higher than 1.1 metres.)
Getting to Figure 8 Pool
There are a few different bushwalking routes you can take reach the pool:
- Burgh Ridge Track (6.5km return): from Garrawarra Farm (which is of Garie Road) the Burgh Ridge Track descends past Burning Palms Lookout to Burning Palms Beach. From the beach, heading south along the coast until you reach the Figure 8 Pool.
- RNP Coast Track from Otford (16km return): From Otford Lookout (parking available here or it’s 1km from Otford Station) follow the signposted Royal National Park Coast Track until you reach Burning Palms Beach. From the beach, heading south along the coast until you reach Figure 8 Pool.
- RNP Coast Track from Garie Beach (8km return). From Garie Beach (which is at the end of Garie Road, off Sir Bertram Stevens Drive) head south along the RNP Coast Track. Head south on Burning Palms Beach and follow the coast until you reach the Figure 8 Pool.