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Garawarra Farm Road, Royal National Park, New South Wales 2508 Australia
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Two-Day Sydney Blue Mountains Sea to Summit Adventure
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Two-Day Sydney Blue Mountains Sea to Summit Adventure

Want to make the most of your time in Sydney? Emu Trekkers is here to help! With our two-day, award-winning Sea to Summit Adventure you get to see the best of Sydney's coastline on day one, followed by the best of the wild Blue Mountains on day two. If you love hiking and want to explore Sydney and the Blue Mountains outdoors as authentically as possible and for a good cause, then this is not to be missed. <br><br>Emu Trekkers is Australia's first 100% not-for-profit tour operator run entirely by volunteer guides. The proceeds of this two-day adventure package are used to support the education, healthcare and welfare of disadvantaged children and youth. In 2019, Emu Trekkers was awarded Gold for Best Adventure Tour Operator in NSW at the NSW Tourism Awards.
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Katerina K wrote a review Feb 2020
Prague, Czech Republic36 contributions25 helpful votes
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!!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Phil-Joel wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia475 contributions123 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Baz M wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia231 contributions22 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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LifesExplorer wrote a review Sep 2019
Sydney, Australia474 contributions165 helpful votes
NOTE: Only accessible during low tide. Check time of Lowest Tide before going. The Figure 8 Pool (and the whole rock platform) is under water when the tide rises. Nice hike and coastal scenery along the way! PRE-TRAVEL TIPS: 1. Always check the tide (nearest tide check point is Port Hacking) first. Plan to arrive at Garrawarra Farm Carpark about 1-2 hours before Lowest Tide time. So if Lowest Tide is 1:30pm, plan to be at the carpark at 11:30am. 2. Walk/hike from Garrawarra Farm Carpark to Figure 8 Pool takes 1-2 hours one way. So, allow for 2-4 hours for the return trip. Go only when there is daylight for the return trip. 3. Even at low tide the waves can come crashing on to the rock platforms, so be extra careful not to stand too close to the ocean waves. People have been swept out to sea before. Some didn’t survive. 4. Wear a good pair of enclosed shoes with good sole grip. Preferably wear good waterproof hiking shoes. Be warned: the rocks are slippery and sharp. Do not walk with bare feet or with slippers! 5. If you see green, yellow or brown on the rocks, assume it is slippery. Walk slowly with caution. Falling on sharp rocks is not fun. 6. You will be walking on uneven rocks and boulders to reach the Figure 8 Pool. So do not rush. Make sure your footing on the rock is stable before taking the next step. Find flat surfaces to walk on. 7. If weather is warm enough (day temperature >25 degrees celcius), you can go into the rock pools (natural holes formed in rock platform) for a dip. Wear swimwear and bring towel if you are keen. 8. There are limited portable toilets (2 male and 2 female) at the carpark. There is no toilet after you leave the carpark. 9. Bring water and food/snack in a backpack. TIPS ON HOW TO GET THERE: 1. Drive to and park at Garrawarra Farm Carpark, in Royal National Park. If you don’t have a NSW National Park Pass, you will have to pay $12 for parking at the ticket machines at the carpark. 2. Figure 8 Pool is about 6km walk from carpark. The trail is quite clear, so you won’t get lost. At the time of writing this, proper boardwalk is being installed, so some parts are easy to walk while other parts require a bit of manoeuvring over tree roots, rocks and wet soil. 3. When you are on the hill looking down at the beach, there is a sign warning you not to go to Figure 8 Pool if the tide is crashing on or submerging the rock platforms. If you value your life, listen to the warning. Do not go to Figure 8 Pool, or you will be swept out to the ocean by the crashing waves. The rocks are sharp. 4. After reaching the Burning Palms Beach, you will walk towards the rock platform. The 2nd rock platform is where the Figure 8 Pool is. Have fun!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jemma P wrote a review Sep 2019
12 contributions5 helpful votes
This place is beautiful to look at. Very secluded so if you are up for a decent hike about an hour down then I would say the beach is lovely. The figure 8 pools aren’t much to look at. You may spot a pod of dolphins. The walk back up is a difficult one. Very steep and narrow.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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