Location:
Royal National Park, Audley NSW 2232
Trail length:
Approx. 6 km
Trail style:
One-way
Inclination:
Approx. 273 m
Seasons completed:
Autumn, Spring and Summer
Best season to go:
Summer
Time:
Minimum 3 hours
Permits required?
A $12 day pass to enter the Royal National Park
Grade:
Medium

The Figure 8 Pools is variety of natural rock pools situated on the east coast of the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. The rock pools and scenery is quite unique to the region and can make for an amazing day out swimming and taking in the sun.

It’s recently become wildly popular attracting large numbers from all over Sydney (and around the world) due to social media coverage, and has led to cases where people have become severely injured and needed rescue.

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Location:
Tahmoor, NSW 2573
Trail length:
Approx. 10 km
Trail style:
Circuit
Inclination:
Approx. 275 m
Season completed:
Early July (Winter)
Best season to go:
All
Time:
Minimum 5 hours
Permits required?
No
Grade:
Hard

The hike to Mermaid Pools and through Tahmoor Gorge is one of Sydney’s hidden gems. Situated approximately 75 minutes south-west of Sydney, the land is owned by the Crown – which is why there is little known about the trail outside of the local community. So to get some insider knowledge, we first checked in to the Wollondilly Shire Council for some maps, direction and insider information. Another local also informed us that Mermaid Pools is sacred land for women in Aboriginal culture – a place for women to conduct their business (bathing, giving birth, and so on) and is forbidden by men. But the site is now open to bushwalkers, fisherman and local youths who use the pool to cool down during summer.

For this hike, we had a group of about 10 walkers, but we would recommend having a smaller group for safety and time precautions. Sydney.com does not recommend this hike for the elderly and children due to the steep cliffs and hazards – and after this hike, we agree! Read on…

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Location:
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney
Trail length:
Approx. 11 km
Trail style:
One-way
Inclination:
Approx. 551 m
Season completed:
Late June (Winter)
Best season to go:
All
Time:
Minimum 4 hours
Permits required?
No
Grade:
Medium/Hard

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is heritage-listed and once you’re deep into the trail, it’s not hard to see why. Valleys of dense bushland are parted with rich waterways, which makes the name ‘Ku-ring-gai’ an apt namesake for the environment. Meaning “home” or “hunting ground” by the indigenous locals, the park is located 31 km north of the Sydney CBD at an elevation approximately 214 m above sea level.
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